Sunday ..Sunny Salzburg ...

Trip Start Nov 20, 2012
Trip End Dec 25, 2012

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

What's that through the window this morning?  Blue skies! Not time to shed the coats though.. still a chilly - 8 at 8am...Forecast is for  top of -1 so that is do-able!!
Off to explore more of the "old town".. so with map & suggested look at points, best get walking.. The great thing about Salzburg is that both sides of the Salzach river , everything a tourist wants to see is within walking distance.. The height of the church steeples,domes of building and the magnificent castle/ fortress on the hill means one can never get lost.. you may discover a quaint little allyway, a museum or two, a restaurant, a market or three..( specially at this time of the year).. time will get away from you but your memories and photos are never going to.
A walk along the riverside shows that the ducks and swans enjoy it whatever the temperature. Across another pedestrian bridge and the Kajetaner Church, located to the opposite of the federal province′s courthouse. The most significant mark is the dome of the church, hiding the extensive abbey behind the church building as well as the attached hospital. Church and hospital are first recorded in documents from 1150.  The church dedicated to Saint Maximilian ,In its current style it was built between 1685 and 1697..soo much history before us...

Up and down the maze of narrow streets one wanders through the ornate black iron gates of St. Peter's Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery with its unique ambiance is one of the oldest and most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It is the final resting place for a number of famous loca lpersonalities, artists, scholars and businessmen... Mozarts sister being one. The orante  iron work atop their final resting places are in sinc with the style of this city. Also within the church grounds are the Catacombs carved into the rock wall .. said to be from early Christian days (c.a. 482..) , they have two internal chapels high in the wall reached by narrow steep steps.. apart from the religious importance the view from within is another bonus.

From anyview point this city is a photographer's( amatuer or professional) dream. We continue our amble past Mozart's birthplace in The Getreidegasse (Grain Lane) also a busy shopping street ... Getreidegasse is probably most famous for it's old-style shop signs. .. even the "golden arches" of McDonalds have had to conform.   A few more "advent" or "xmas" markets are found in little squares along the way.. each has it's own unique style.. and plenty drinking the hot "Gluhwein" ..rather partial to the apple one, available with or without alcohol.

Evening looms early ..4:30 pm and daylight is gone. Time to head up to the "Terrace" at Hotel Stein on the riverbank...once again for the view and the ambiance.. a few farewell drinks to the wonderful Salzburg and her picture perfect sunny day.. but wait.. come 7pm and yay, it's snowing again.. Mother Nature proving she always has the last say!!
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Lisa on

Maureen, your photos & blog are awesome! Happy travelling for the rest of the trip, my globe-trotting friend! x

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