Salzburg: Alive with the sound of Mozart!!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, July 13, 2008

Here we are in sassy Salzburg!! Birthplace of Mozart and the Sound of Music!! The hills are alive with the sound of Mozart!! They really get a kick out of Mozart here. He adorns every shop front and every piece of merchandise in the city. There's Mozart the matchbooks, Mozart the playing cards, Mozart the Liquor, Mozart the chocolate and even Mozart the Cologne. I mean lets be honest, they really have no business making a cologne that smells of stinky, sweaty powdered wig!! I doubt the man was known for his delicious musky scent. I mean they didn't even bathe back then for Pete's sake! I digress, but you get the point....Mozart is the MAN in Salzburg. Salzburg is a really old town. The whole town is actually a protected Unesco Heritage site. What this means for Rachel is that its really hard to get around. Lots of cobble and uneven pathways. All the castle's and all tours are not accessible. This doesn't mean I can't find some good chocolate though. The only tour I was bummed about missing was the trip to the Eagle's Nest (Hitler's vacation home) and the Sound of Music tour. I'm sorry to admit this......but I love that movie!! Let's get back to the chocolate. We had some really delicious desserts at the Demel Café. I mean you wouldn't believe these cakes were legal!! Lock me up cuz I can't resist the deliciousness. Just a stone's throw from this café is the Dom Cathedral. It's a really old church with really old churchy stuff inside. We toured it and then checked out the museum attached. They had an interesting collection of old rosaries. If old prayer beads don't do it for you, then maybe you could be like us and check out Mozart's birthplace. Its just the house he was born in and lived until he was about 5 years old. Yeah, it wasn't accessible so we just looked at it from outside. Since we couldn't go on the Sound of Music tour, we decided to check out some of the locations ourselves. The only ones in town are the Mirabell gardens where they sing the "Do-Re-Mi" song and St. Peter's Cemetary, where they hide from the Nazi's and Rolf. It rained all day when we went to Mirabell gardens. We still had fun frolicking in the trees and taking pictures of all the flowers. You can see tourists everywhere trying to re-create scenes from the movie. Afterwards we went to the cemetery and saw the old graves. We eventually got kicked out by an angry old nun who was locking the gates for the day. We stayed in a really nice hostel that had free Internet. Its amazing how many people were staying there. We met a really nice girl named Jiska (Yishka) from the Netherlands. We compared our travel stories and talked about all the sights in Salzburg. It was "rain drops on roses" the entire time we were in Salzburg. The rain makes photography hard and getting around. One day was spent doing laundry and researching future travels. We ate sacher tortes which is a signature cake here in Austria. They pay close attention to their desserts here in Salzburg. Each piece of chocolate, each slice of cake is beautifully cut and presented to the beneficiary. Its like a well thought out symphony of exquisite taste. No wonder Mozart could compose such wonderful music. Shannon and I decided that carrying two suitcases at this point is just silly. Therefore we put everything in his and mailed mine home. We will be traveling much lighter from now on. More from Austria as soon as possible. We miss you all and hope you are being patient with our blog. Thanks for all the comments and for signing the guestbook.
Rach & Shan
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ofhenderson on

Sound Of Music
Well...I grew up on musicals, so your not alone on enjoy a classic movie like that. Okay, you mailed home luggage, but yet you haven't mailed home some of that fancy chocolate...
Glad your having a wonderful time.
Hugs, Oletha, Brad & Brett-ly

jiska76 on

good to hear from you!
Hi Rachel and Shannon,

good to see you guys are still travelling Europe, not yet sick of all those crazy people?
I spend some fine last days in Zell am See, with unfortunately lots of rain. The view from the hostel was terrific though. On one side you could see the lake and on the other snowtopped (?) mountains.
The ride home was easy and quick, but after that major traffic jam on the way to Cologne everything was quick and easy ;-))
Now I'm at work doing the nightshift and it feels like I never left Holland....

Hope to read another blog from you soon and save travelling! Let me now when you're travelling Holland, maybe we can find a way to hook up somewhere? If that sounds fun to you as well of course!

Jiska (or Yishka)

to imusuallyright: no pictures of me... use your imagination and I'm looking ten times better of course ;-))))

ceborrenpohl on

Doe I love it or what
Who does not love The Sound of Music?
So glad to see you are having a great time, wish I couldbe there with you. At least you take great pictures

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