Trip Start Sep 13, 2006
Trip End May 25, 2007

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

I will make a few confessions in this entry. The first confession is that I forgot to get Julius to watch the Sound of Music before this trip. I can maybe put partial blame on my mom because this is her favorite movie and she is the one who owns the DVD. But nonetheless, Julius was probably the only tourist in Salzburg history not to have seen the Sound of Music. This meant that when we visited certain sites I had to explain the movie, including the entire plot, to let him know why we were visiting the site.

The next confession that I will make is that I hardly remember this city at all from a trip I took here with my family and Eric and Belinda when I was 15. At least it made it worth visiting again. We both loved this city. It is a tourists haven. It has way fewer tourists than Prague this time of year and it seemed that many that we did see were all toting the Rick Steves guide. We were all doing his trusty walking tour.

The Cathedral was one of my favorites so far (I can have lots of favorites, right?). It was Baroque as all get out but everything but the paintings and frescos were gleaming white. It was also made more enjoyable by the fact that it was nearly empty, maybe six other people.

One interesting bit of trivia we learned from our Rick Steves walk is that the cemetery there is by rental only. They send out a bill every 10 years and if no one pays up the plot goes to someone else. This meant that the gravestones in the cemetery were all quite new. He doesn't explain where the old bodies go.

On our second day we hiked up to the cliffs above the city which gave great views of both the city and the alps.

We went to an outdoor market where we bought reasonably priced fruit and I got a cheese filled sausage that was recommended to me by some tourist along the way of our trip. I wish I could thank that person - it was delicious. So I will recommend it to all of you - if you go to Austria try the cheese filled sausage. Also, Julius got a Weinerschnitzel at a restaurant here and it was also amazing.

We only had a few days to spend here because we had to keep heading to Venice. Mom and her friend Carolyn were flying in there and would not be happy if we weren't there to meet them!

There is a direct train from Munich (a half hour from Salzburg) to Venice which you can take during the day or at night. After the last night train from Munich to France I swore off night trains for good, so Julius was very nice and agreed to try a day train this time. It turned out to be very worthwhile. We went straight through the Austrian and Italian Alps and were rewarded with amazing views of snowcapped mountains and some of the highest bridges we had ever seen.

Click here to see our photos of Salzburg!
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