The Sound of Music...Mozart

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, June 2, 2012

I kinda got stumped on this entry and a bit overwhelmed with just being able to upload all our pictures. We didn't always have Internet and typing on an iPad wasn't ideal. So, from this entry on, I just focused on uploaded our pictures while on the road. 

It's now March 2013. Steve flew to San Diego with two of our fur kids yesterday. I'm in Japan for another two weeks and will attempt to finish up our blog. I kept a pocket sized calendar along the way so that'll help jog my memory. Better late than never?! 

We started out in Salzburg by doing our own walking tour. Great intentions but can't possibly be completed when you stumble upon an Augustiner beer garden! The novelty of picking up huge steins, giving them a rinse and downing the beers with sides of fresh gorgonzola cheese, kraut and kanoodles made for a pretty fantastic afternoon. Until, we realized we still needed to get to the supermarket before it closed. Time flies when you are havin' fun! We had 15 mins, topped on tanks of beer fuel and a questionable array of snacks.  We ran and completed our speed shopping just in time. 

After cooking up a meal, we settled in for a showing of the Sound of Music at our hostel. Neither of us are big fans of musicals so we had never actually seen the movie. I was amused but not nearly as much as Steve. We can't remember why but Steve had a case of unstoppable laughs. I was sitting next to laughin' looney and he was contagious. He had to walk out of the room when the tears started to flow. Seeing the movie made Salzburg a bit more interesting like going to a golf tournament and actually knowing a bit about the golfers. (Torrey Pines' Farmers Insurance Open was especially interesting... watching Tiger's inability to focus after his most unfortunate scandal.)

The next day, we came across the Salzburg Market and noticed a ton of people eating fried chicken. Not exactly the kinda of food I think of at a market. There were no seats left but a kind man and his son made room for us to stand at the end of the chicken smorgasbord table. The dad told me that he often drove from Vienna specifically for this chicken. We sampled on some delicious, perfectly crisp chicken legs. Now that was finger lickin' gooood. With our stomachs filled, we walked up to the fort, hiked around Monchsberg, and mosied around Mozart's birthplace. 

We took an early morning train to Vienna the following day. It was raining as we walked around the Old Town. When the weather cleared up, we found some artsy benches to rest on our laurels. We skipped out on the Leopold Museum as we were museumed out. However, there were plenty of other places to peek our interest. The old St Stephen's Church took to some new technology by projecting images which transformed their interior. We looked for shickimicki's on the shopping street of Kartner Strasse and finished up with a stroll around the palace and gardens of Schloss Schonbrunn. 

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