! 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
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!