The hills are most definitely alive...
Trip Start May 06, 2008
29Trip End Jun 06, 2008
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Day 10 : 17th May 2008 (Saturday) The hills are most definitely alive... (with Mozart madness)...
After breakfast at the hotel and another delightful chat with the charming Sofie, we took the U4 to Schönbrunn. It was pretty straightforward getting there, and there literally was a whole horde of Japanese tourists who got off at the same stop and started marching towards the palace
After that early morning overdose of opulence, we ventured out to the gardens, free to visit and free to photograph. Definitely reminded me of Versailles. To say the landscaped gardens with fountains and statues are enormous would be an understatement. There's mazes and labyrinth's and even a zoo not to mention the "Gloriette" perched up on the hill offering fabulous views from the top
So we got back to the hotel to pack, checkout and say goodbye to Sofie. We had a quick early lunch at the same cafe down the street and headed to the station to board our train to Salzburg. The train was on time, of course, and soon we were whizzing by. It wasn't very crowded, but sitting bang opposite me was this (austrian I suppose) woman who was very amusing. Like she had so many gadgets in this backpack she kept flipping out and using. I was amused. But the kicker was when she took out this tiny gadget with a button which when pressed, magically transformed itself into a brush.... (whats wrong with a small comb).... and then she proceeded to comb her hair, then took out another contraption that stored a mirror that pops out and conceals a lipstick. (Yeah yeah I was bored and had nothing better to do than watch... How long can I look out the window at the beautiful Austrian scenery zipping by...) Anyways, she got off a couple stops before the main Salzburg station. I was so sad to see her go...
We got to Salzburg, and I thought we'd pick up a few sandwiches at the station
So we took the bus into town, crossed the bridge and walked about the old town (Altstadt) getting acquainted to new cobble stoned alleys and winding streets
From here we thought we'd head to the fortress (Hohensalzburg Fortress) . It dominates the skyline and you can't not notice it, perched up on the mountain like that... There's this funicular "Festungsbahn" train that takes you up, or you could walk. We took the train, which runs every ten minutes, it was covered by the card. It was a little bare inside, but the views of the city from the top were worth it. Godwin was fascinated by the weapons on display inside. There was a marionette theater and other interesting bits and pieces. The city was growing on me, and it was especially beautiful to watch dusk fall over it, with the Alps in the backdrop. We watched the river Salzach meander through the small city and then decided to head back to our hotel and check if Ashok and Glynis had arrived yet. We also took a detour via St Peters Cemetery on the way back. It wasn't mournful in the least and I enjoyed walking through it. Its nice that all the graves seemed well looked after, and there were flowers and candles everywhere.
So, they were here, and we had lots to talk about. Glynis was very impressed I had given her a printout of all the stations between Vienna and Salzburg, timings and when they should hop trains. She religiously ticked the stations off and they got here in one piece. They had a good time in Paris, and we decide to head to the Old Town area so we could walk about the narrow pedestrian only streets. We were also on the lookout for a place to eat. As we were walking down one particularly crowded street, a couple of girls came up to us and said they're selling hugs, for 0.10€ each. Ashok was all game and was looking about his pockets for change while Godwin was ready to run in the opposite direction. LOL. Ashok then caught Glynis' icy stare and abruptly gave up the hunt for the elusive coin. Ha, I missed the entertainment these two provide. Anyways, we found this nice restaurant on the first floor and outside the door, there were spoons and forks laid out on the floor. We weren't sure what that was supposed to symbolize, that its full? or maybe there's room? Anyway, we went in and found they didn't have room in the non smoking section and Godwin is allergic so we thought we'd come back. After walking about some more, we thought we'd head back to the same restaurant, it seemed full and really lively. We had a good meal, a few beers and then headed back to the hotel for some much deserved rest. We decided to go out separately the next day since we had already been to a couple of places already, and we thought we'd meet up in the evening for dinner.
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