Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Friday, April 2, 2010

To sum up Salzbourg, I had the best day. We checked out of the hotel and drove to the center of town. A group of us tried to take the gondola up to the top of a mountain where a castle was, however due to monetary restrictions we ended up walking. It took 20 minutes at a 75-degree angle to walk up, so by the time we got to the "top" we were tired. When we arrived at the "top," we realized you had to pay to enter the grounds so we turned around. On one of our many picture stops we stumbled across a nature path that wound all around the mountains. We had the most amazing view of the castle and the Alps. We found this little area with benches and the 6 of us sat there for a little over an hour in silence just taking everything in. As you looked left to right you saw the castle than part of the mountain range (down below was a quaint village) standing out in front of a bright blue sky. The mountains looked so fake! After we stopped to enjoy the view, we kept walking till we found this little, old, rickety staircase that lead down the side of the mountain that all the old men and women took. After our little adventure, Kayla, Jeff another girl and myself went on a horse and buggy ride around the whole city. We saw Mozart's concert hall that was formally horse stables, the oldest bakery, the oldest coffee shop, castles, and churches. There was one church that has a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of it and if you look at it dead on, the crown from the church looks like its sitting on Mary's head! (It was designed that way.) After, we went to the gardens and walked around the gardens. It was grass with designs of flowers in it. There were so many flowers all over the place, rows of yellow and purple and orange with vines growing on the side of the building. It was so magical!

During the course of the day I took almost 300 pictures. Everywhere you looked was like looking at a postcard. The views were breathtaking and the whole place was magical. All the little places we found we happen to have stumbled upon them by chance. It was by far the most picturesque place I have ever seen!  
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