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It frreakin' SNOWED today. I was expecting a day of sunshine but I only got a 20 second preview of blue sky this morning outside of town on the way to Salzburg Zoo. Check out the first pic to see what I thought was the unveiling of the mountains I've been longing to see. But instead I got the beauty of snow for a few hours. It was only light, but so happy I got to see it (and it was the first snow of the season).
Snow melted once it hit ...
... santa's helper negligee!
And so I arrived in Austria in the city full of places where Maria burst into song in the Sound of Music, and where Mozart was born and lived for the first 25 years of his life. Long before those folks were in town, however, the city was famous for the locally mined salt which gave it its name, 'salz' (salt) 'berg' (town). But my first spot of sightseeing was actually just over the border back in ...
Finally made it to the place I've most been looking forward to seeing and its a pretty special place. My dreams had involved a bit of snow, but alas, not to be. I saw some on the mountains today during the Sound of Music tour when we went to Mondsee to see the chapel where Maria and the captain were married. Side note: the travel guide complemented me in front of everyone for my beautiful ...
... it in 1955 and has stayed in the family since then.
Our river journey ends in Melk which is on the left bank of the river. Emmersdorf is on the right side and a beautiful old church stands tall above the other buildings. All the information that I am able to gather is the name of the church - St. Nicholas.
We disembark around 1 pm at Melk and catch up to our bus for a 5 minute ride to the ...
... but no close calls.
After crossing the river we decided to walk up to the castle. We figured most people were still in church (it was about 10:30), and Burghausen was pretty much deserted. We walked up a very steep hill to get to the castle, and while we were walking up the hill the weather started turning very humid - the most humid it's been since we got here by far. We made it close to the top of the hill and saw a fair number ...