Innsbruck, Austria

Trip Start Jun 18, 2003
Trip End Jul 03, 2003

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Saturday, June 21, 2003

Apparently no one goes to Innsbruck in the summer time.  This was a huge plus as our big tour bus rolled through and there were hardly any other tourists around.  First however, we had a pretty long drive from Prague which was delayed a bit at the border crossing.    Oh, the days before Prague was part of the EU!  A real border crossing!  But seriously...what's wrong with that picture?  Where are the people?  So that's the view from the inside of the tour bus because apparently the whole border crossing was on a lunch break.  Hmmm seems like top security to me...

Other exciting aspects of the ride were mountains!  {PHOTO_ID_R=and-more-mountainsx.jpg] I hadn't really seen real mountains before as West Virginia doesn't really count as having mountains.

Finally we arrived in Innsbruck only to find that the top tourist attraction (some statue or other) was completely encased in scaffolding and other things.  We also saw the "Little Golden Roof" although I don't really know what the significance of that was.

And the last of the touristy items was St. Jacobs.  We were going because it's "sooo beautiful."  I thought it was gaudy and ugly but then again all baroque stuff is pretty much total crap.    This was the best picture as the sun blocked out all the less pretty parts.  But don't worry, the outside doesn't compare at all the inside.  Unfortunately, my black and white film in the camera just did not do this justice.    To think, people once thought and apparently still do that that is attractive.  Bleck...give me the middle ages.

Anyways, after the usual tours of the city were done, we realized that the whole town was closing early because it was the summer solstice.  We walked straight into a huuuge festival which, it seems, everyone in the whole town was at.    It was tons of fun with venders lining the streets (my first time having gelato) and tons of bands whose repetoire consisted of really bad outdated American pop hits and La Bamba.  Even the mountains that ring the city were lit up with the pagan symbols of the summer solstice.

Unfortunately, the next day we were off again.  Although on a Sunday in such a small winter resort town, nothing much is open except a few tourist shops.  This time we were driving to Italy.   The drive itself was exciting with tons of castles and castle ruins perched up on the mountains although I think I fell asleep more times than I care to admit.
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