The Sound of Music
Trip Start Jan 07, 2004
11Trip End Jan 27, 2004
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Greetings from the land of white gold - salt! In medieval times, it was essential to preserving food. Outside Salzburg are numerous salt mines. And sitting over the city - mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress to protect the commodity. A castle so intimidating that the city was not attacked for over 1,000 years.
One of the best parts of traveling Europe has been the food. Hearty plates of meat, noodles and vegetables with LOTS of sauces. They look similar to back home, but taste better in every country. The EU has more stringent regulations on the production and preparation of food. One restaurant I ate at was the '1518.' Named after the year in which they passed brewing laws that are still in effect today
My new favorite dish is "wiener schnitzel." It's the Viennese style of cooking meat by frying a thin, breaded fillet. Salzburg is known for its "knockerel," a dessert soufflé that serves four. I went mano-a-mano after climbing Hohensalzburg but lost.
The most popular tour in Salzburg is the Sound of Music. I haven't seen the movie in years but it came back to life right in front of my eyes. It's kind of funny to see familiar scenes repeatedly pop up right in front of you. Especially when they're randomly scattered throughout the old city and suburbs. The front and back of the von Trapp mansion, for example, are two different buildings. Hollywood took a number of liberties with the SOM but it obviously worked.
Remember how Jesus was received in Nazareth? Mozart was born in Salzburg. However, it wasn't until he went to Prague and Vienna that he flourished. During the tour, my guide asked locals about the Sound Of Music and the von Trapp's. Nobody knew what he was talking about.
"So long, farewell..."