#13 Europe Chapter 2 : Sketching along the way

Actually, i’m kind of proud of myself. I make it to sketch a long my way! Seriously, even my sister think i drew a lot more in that 30 days of traveling, than the days i’m at home!! This is the luxury of traveling alone. I can sit and draw wherever i want, and for how long i need. To be honest, i don’t always on the mood of drawing, but i managed to push myself to at least make something simple, so i can keep the mood alive. I know, once i break the “string” it would be hard to re-build the mood.

So, here are my sketch a long the road!!


first sketch was frm Acropolis, Athens. It was hot as hell in Greece, i was in long queue to to get inside Acropolis. Once i got inside, i feel like i don’t want to go out fast. Because 1# It is a beautiful historic site, so magical. 2# I have been queuing long enough, why should i go out fast?? 3# It is expensive!! I want to absorb the acropolis air maximally!! So, i sat there, under the shadow, and sketching!



This one was random pedestrian in Athens. It was a great spot under the tree, on an interesting pedestrian, on comfy park chair.



This one is Mykonos. I love this island, although it was bank-breaker-spot!! But the view is just unique. All building are white and blue, the path are black and white. Splash of fuchsia from the bougainvillea put some accentuation. I have not much choice to do in this expensive pit, it turned out to be good, actually. I end up siting under the tree, in one alley, and sketching! That was the coolest things i could do in the hot Mykonos



This one is the view from my hotel room, Philippi Hotel- Mykonos


I was waiting for the “famous” sunset at Oia, Santorini (Greece). It was a perfect spot, just a few meters from the fort, facing the wind mill, and the most important, under the shade. Anyway…… Oia is sooooo damn awesome!!! I wish i can stay here 😀



I love historic site, and Greece have them almost everywhere! This one is Akrotiri, in Santorini. This site probably the oldest settlement in the whole europe. The scientist believe this site was established in 5th millennium BC! They kind of believe that this settlement has been a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. The whole city was covered by volcanic ashes, from Theran eruption about 1627 BC. The site has been excavated since 1967, and now it have been postpone due to Greece financial problem.



This one from Sinaia – Romania. After visiting the Peleș Castle, i was walking around the area. The Peleș Castle was too complicated to sketch, i was too lazy! So, i’m happy to find this interesting building on the area!



This one from square in old town, Sibiu – Romania. I was wandering around the old town. It was rainy, and i was so lazy.



Still in Sibiu-Romania. My laziness just hit the highest scale. Well, at least i did sketching, even though it was a non detail yet simple one 🙂



Budapest train station (Hungary). I took a night train from Romania to Hungary, i arrived to the Budapest city in this train station. I love it instantly. The architecture was so beautiful! I don’t really like the atmosphere in this train station, to be honest….. But still, beautiful building. So, on my second day in Budapest, i went to this train station just to make the sketch.



This is a random roof in Budapest (Hungary). Looking at the small drawing coverage and the poor details….. yes, my mood was dropped again 😀



Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. This small mobile coffee seller was so interesting. The size is similar with “Bajaj”. The cabin only fit for 1 person, yet the equipment behind was awesome! Big Italian coffee machine, all the utilities, and ingredients, are all packed nicely!



Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. The Rathaus is awesome!!! Grandeur building, lots of details, i just can not imagine how those drafter drew them. They didn’t use AutoCad, i bet! It was a film festival in Rathaus, so they put giant screen, blocking a bit of the building. They also arranged nice stadium style bench there.



Still from Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. It was also food bazaar in Rathausplatz! May be it is also connected to the film festival. Sorry, i was alone, no one explain me anything, and anything was written in Deutch. How they organized the food bazaar was awesome! I’m totally amazed. All the food stands in same modular size. Of course they personalized their booth. The sitting area for costumer was arranged well. All temporary bench and table was designed well. They are weather proof, rigid effective and interesting. Last but not least. They use real plate, real cutlery, nothing disposable. They arranged some effective washing dishes post. I guest it would be a good summer job for student, to work on a bazaar like this.



Hallstatt-Austria. I was lucky, it was properly sunny when i was there. Hallstatt is really beautiful yet touristic. the village looks like village from fairy tale books. The mountain, the lake, everything is magical! The down side is….. expensive. YES!! I could not afford staying in the Hallstatt village, so i stayed across the lake, in Obertroun. Hallstatt and surrounding are always busy with tourist, both in summer and winter.



This is drawing from my room balcony, in Obertraun. I was staying in Haus Am See. My room was a single bed room with shower, and shared toilet. My balcony is awesome!! I sat there, drawing, trying to absorb the “magical” air as much as possible. The area are cold even in Summer August, well, at least cold for me. Fog covering the lake in the morning and evening time.



My last sketch from Hallstatt. This is the Hallstatt train station, where tourist got off, and walk down to catch the boat to Hallstatt village. I was here to catch my train to Munich. It was drizzling all day. My hand was a bit shaky, so does with my sketch 😀



Brussels – Belgium. Brussels is really interesting. It is somehow looks like Amsterdam, with the buildings that lining coincide along the narrow stone path. Unlike Amsterdam that using lots of red bricks, Brussels have many art nuveau buildings. I was sketching in old part of the city, on the most touristic spot in Brussels. The chocolate shop i drew was so interesting. Too bad, i was wandering the old town with a friend, so i didn’t have the full freedom the do sketch. Beside, the summer sun was on its full glory, and there was no shade…..



Still in Brussels. I don’t know where is it actually. i was on tram ride, when enter the area, where slim houses stood in a row. They are art nuveau, art deco, simple european style, all are beautiful and elegant. So, i jumped out the tram, find a spot, and did small sketch.



Nijmegen – The Netherlands. I visited the city just because a friend of mine were studying here. The Nijmegen old town is not big, but quite interesting. Judging from the sketch i produced, it was clear, i was LAZY at that time :p



This is a canal under De Goyer windmill, Amsterdam. I went here to see the windmill, and i was too stupid to read further about it. It is turned out to be a good brewery, and i didn’t realize it. So, yes…. i didn’t taste the traditional Dutch Y-lake (Ijmeer) beer. That’s called stoopid.



Jordaan, Amsterdam – The Netherlands. This canal is near by the Anne Frank museum. I was thinking about visiting the museum, but i was not sure either. I was not in the mood of museum. The museum was quite packed actually, people were lining religiously. So, i decided to walk down the canal a bit, and sketching instead of queuing on the museum.



Last sketch i did in the trip. This was De Pijp, Amsterdam – The Netherlands. The cafe called De Wasserette.

#9 Europe Chapter 2 : Dachstein ice cave, is it worth?


This is the reason i brought 2 bulge things in my backpack. 1# is my hiking booth, and 2# is big heavy jacket. I want to visit Dachstein ice cave!! According to the web, i need to wear robust shoes and warm clothing, as the temperature would go from below 0 to maximum 4 Celsius. Knowing me, the one that have been living in equator forever, i took this seriously. 

Dachstein actually have some attraction, not just the ice cave. There are also another cave (not ice), viewing points, trekking path, and during winter, this area become skiing spot. The easiest way to reach the area is from Obertraun, and Salzburg. There are some ice cave in Austria, including Werfen, near Salzburg that claimed to be world’s biggest ice cave. So, why did i choose Dachstein instead of Werfen? Easy…… cos i decided to stay 2 nights in Obertraun, while dachstein cable car and visitor center is just 2.10 EUR -one way- by bus number 543 from obertraun! If you are not staying overnight in Obertraun, you can just jumped to the train to Obertraun, and take the bus from there to cable car. The bus stop is just stone thrown away from the station. If you came from hallstatt, you can also take the bus 543 from Hallstatt Lahn terminal to the cable car.

To reach the ice cave, we need to take cable car. This cable car have 3 tiers. The ice cave is in the first tier. It is definitely not a cheap destination! Here is the price


I embrace my financial condition by choosing the ticket cost 28.80 EUR, to the ice cave only, (cable car ride included). The cable car ride was awesome, even though it was only to the first tier! Anyway, it was quite rainy and cloudy, i was afraid the view from five finger viewing point would be blocked.cable-car

From the first tier, we need to walk quite a bit (i mean climb up) to the cave entrance. Not too hard actually, around 15min walking. The track might quite steep, but no worries, the beautiful yet refreshing alps scenery would help you to forget the tough walk, hehehe. On this first tier, there are 3 small museum, -or i might call them information huts, cos it is rather small to be called as museum- about the cave itself, flora and fauna around the area.

museumThese information huts are well maintain, yet informative. Well, actually all the facility on the area are well maintain and nicely built. At some point, the price we have paid to get into Dachstein area become more and more make sense….. Of course it is still expensive, but at least it is worth the money.

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The ice in the cave is formed by water which seeps from the Dachstein plateau down into the cave through small cracks and joints in the cliff.  When outside temperatures are above freezing the caves still contain really cold air, so the penetrating water freezes and forms magnificent ice shapes and frozen waterfalls.  Although some Summer water flow is warm enough to produce slight melting, it actually balances the winter growth some which is a good thing.  The Winter-Spring growth exceeds the Summer ice loss and the constant cycle of slight melting with growth guarantees the survival of this magnificent natural showcase and frozen waterfalls.

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For me, the cave was so worth visit! It is one of a kind experience. The glacier was not from the ice age, it was only 500 years old, but still impressive. The glacier part was quite big. The guided tour was about 50 min. I didn’t pay much to the guide, as i was busy taking picture. The cave is well lit up, on the path and mostly at the chambers and the special ornaments, which is double awesome! We don’t need torch, and the lights also helps a lot on photo taking.

The path is well built, the hand rail and stairs are good and safe. On the website, they said the cave is suitable for all ages. I think, the hard part was not in the cave, it is in the trekking path from the cable car station to the entrance.


#8 Europe Chapter 2 : Random things from Hallstatt and Obertraun

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#6 Europe Chapter 2 : Random photos From Santorini

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#1 Europe Chapter 2 : The Route


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