Exploring Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Friuli is a beautiful and ancient city in Northern Italy which is famous for its old city center from the Lombard era. It was originally settled by the Celts and became a Roman city in 50 BC. Located in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Cividale del Friuli is also a UNESCO […]

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Celebrating Thanksgiving as an American Expat in Austria

Celebrating Thanksgiving in a foreign country has its challenges – missing ingredients, missing the time off work, and missing family and friends. Today, Iam celebrating my second Thanksgiving in Austria as an American expat away from home. After our first round of Thanksgiving in Austria last year, I feel better prepared to celebrate the holiday […]

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Fusine Lakes: Daytrip from Villach

The Fusine lakes are amazingly beautiful and they are one of my favorite spots I have found since moving to Austria. Located on the border of Austria and Italy, the Fusine lakes are close to Villach and make for a perfect day trip. I first visited the Fusine lakes in Spring this year and I […]

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Hiking for Beer at Auf der Biersch

Beer + Hiking + Carinthia = Auf der Biersch! Every Autumn, the Hundsmarhof Guest House at the Dobratsch nature park hosts Auf der Biersch. Auf der Biersch is a beer tasting event with more than 30 beers available to sample. On top of all of the beers, there is also plenty of food made by […]

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Hunting for Mushrooms in Villach

Autumn is finally here and that means mushroom season! Foraging for wild mushrooms in the forest is a favorite Autumn activity for Austrians. The farmer’s market is packed with Eierschwammerl (chanterelles) and Steinpilze (boletus) from happy farmers showing off their foraged finds. I love Austrian mushroom season, especially since many restaurants will feature mushroom dishes […]

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Where to Buy and Sell Second-hand in Austria

Whether you just moved to Austria or are looking to let go of some items around your home, buying and selling second-hand items in Austria is possible. Not only is buying and selling second-hand items a great way to give old stuff a new life, but it is also environmentally friendly. You know what they […]

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Recipe for Villacher Kirchtag Soup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Villach – Villacher Kirchtag! Today I am sharing a recipe for Kirchtagsuppe, a delicious soup served during Kirchtag. Villacher Kirchtag is the largest folk festival in Austria, with a week full of festivities and more than 400,000 visitors coming to town to celebrate. Kirchtag is my […]

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Celebrating One Year of Blogging

Happy one year anniversary Hello and Hallo Blog! Exactly one year ago today, I started this blogging adventure. Truthfully, it has been an awesome experience and I have learned a lot along the way. Hello and Hallo was born of my desire to help other expats making the move to my corner of the world. […]

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5 Inspiring Instagram Accounts from Austria

Austria is a beautiful country that is full of Instagram-worthy places. From the Alpine wilderness to the sophistication of Vienna, it is easy to understand why there are so many talented photographers snapping pics of this country on Instagram. Here are 5 Inspiring Instagram Accounts from Austria: Fabolus_Vienna is based in Vienna and features beautiful low-light pictures of […]

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Hiking the Finsterbach Waterfalls in Treffen am Ossiacher See

The Finsterbach Waterfall Trail in Treffen am Ossiacher See is one of the top hiking trails in the Villach area. Located near the Gerlitzen Alpe, the waterfalls bring water from the top of the mountain down to the Ossiachersee. The trail is remarkably rewarding for how easy it is. In about 1.4 kilometers of hiking, […]

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