The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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The breakfast at the hostel was better than expected. There were lots of choices. So we were all fortified for a day in and around Salzburg. Since the forecast was for rain and the rain came we thought we would take the Sound of Music Tour in the morning and spend the afternoon walking around Salzburg. The rain arrived in the night with thunder and lightning but unfortunately most of us had our earplugs and didn't hear the downpour. I woke up after 3:00 to water all over the floor and windowsill. So I mopped it up and closed the window in case it would rain again. I left it open at the top but it still got a little stuffy.
After breakfast we headed for Mirabelle Palace where our tour departed. We were on a big bus with great views
When we left Mirabelle Gardens we went to Getreidegasse, the main shopping area in Salzburg. It was a cross between Easton and an upscale mall. However, off of the main street, in a little covered alley was the Bosna Grill where we got lunch. We had bosna sausage sandwiches with curry flavor. Another great place recommended by Rick Steves. Derek and Erin had eaten there last year and wanted to go back. Larry and I wanted to see the place where they stayed last year. They stayed at the Stadt Alm which is up the cliff from the city. We took an elevator up through the rock and then had to walk a little way to get there. The views of the city from up on the cliff were fabulous. The hostel where they stayed was part of the old city wall and their room was in the tower part. We went back down the elevator and visited many platzes and a few churches. We saw street musicians who were playing a mandolin, a large triangular shaped double base played like a guitar and an accordion. We also saw a man playing an electric violin, all classical music of course. We did a little shopping for Mozart balls (chocolate balls the size of golf balls. I got a Sound of Music t-shirt.
By this time we were all so tired and our feet so sore that we took a break at the hostel until supper time. We drove to the Augustiner beer hall for supper. It was quite an experience. You pick up a beer mug and get your beer – only one kind available = Augustiner. We each had a liter size mug. They had beer and I had half beer and half lemonade. Then for your meal, there was like an indoor mall of German fast food and you could pick whatever you wanted. I got a spinach dumpling and sauerkraut. Larry and Derek had a huge sausage like a Bahama Mama and kartoffel salad. Erin just had apple strudel.
When we got back we blogged and downloaded pictures and went to bed.