Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday - but not to the flea market

This morning, the sun was shining; the sky was blue. Max whisked me off on an excursion. No, we didn't go to the flea market - there are very meager pickings there in February.
So where did we go? Well, take a look at the photos below:



We drove into Austria, right into the Alps; as you can see in the two lower photos.
What were we doing there? Well, we visited Crystal Worlds - an amazing exhibit of art of many different kinds, most of which included Swarovski crystals. This is also where Swarovski crystals are actually manufactured.

I am still blinded by all the bling. Especially all the bling in the showroom/sales room which you have to go through to reach the exit. Great marketing strategy, huh? And yes, of course I bought some beads.

I was totally blown away by some of the exhibits, though. But I have to sort through all the photos we took, so I will share them tomorrow. But go take another look at the first photo - that is a light projection through a facetted crystal, with a colour changer, projected on the ceiling. It was awesome!

13 comments:

Rustique Gallery said...

Stregata, What beautiful pictures! And what a lovely field trip. I wish I could drive over the ocean.... Have a lovely week! Sherry

Doreen said...

Wow, Renate!! This looks like so much fun! It looks like you had beautiful weather too. I can't wait to see more photos.

Silke said...

Oh, Renate, those colors! What fun!! And those magnificent mountains ... I miss them here. Not complaining though - the ocean is great as well! ;) Love, Silke

The Joy of Nesting said...

Ohhhhh Hermanita,

Makes me wish I was one of your migrating starlings!!! Then I could have gone with you!!:)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

SummersStudio said...

Amazing! That first photo is everything that those crystals are. And of course the setting in the landscape it truly beautiful.

sharon said...

I am so glad to hear you had such a wonderful day....I bet you are still seeing stars!! Crystals are wonderful, as are your photos...show us more!! Hugs!!

TesoriTrovati said...

How cool to just be able to casually drive into the Alps!?! I can't wait to see more of the Swarovski's. Thanks for sharing... Enjoy the day! Erin

mermaiden said...

ooooh, i'll bet you got some magpie sparklies! what a wonderful day, good for you :D

Jeanette said...

When I think of Austria it reminds me of the Sound of Music and the Von Tapp family. Actually, I have been sharing the story of the Von Tapp family with my little girl and she is anxious to see the movie...the second thing that comes to mind when I think of Austria is of course the beautiful crystals.

Cindy said...

ooooh! A field trip to the Swarovski capitol itself!!! You are indeed one lucky lady!

Sherry said...

My son was there a few years ago on his school trip to Europe...he wasn't as "interested" given that he's male and at that time 17 (lol!) but he did buy his then girlfriend a bracelet...I'm thinking he got the part that mattered. Now at 22 (and a different woman in his life) I think he'd see it more for the beauty than for the bling! :) And notice, the gift was for the girlfriend...not his mother!! lol!!

Judy said...

What fabulous excursion! How amazing to actually go to the Swarovski factory. Can't wait to see what you got!

Pretty Things said...

You are the luckiest person in the world.

When I lived in Italy briefly, I drove through Austria on my way to Germany and Luxembourg, but this was pre-beader, so I had not a clue about Swarovski. Unfortunately, I also didn't know much about Italian Murano glass, either!

If I only knew....