Day 1 in Salzburg....

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our day in Salzburg began with a 'Sound of Music' tour. Yep...Trav came too!  He LOVED it!  Actually it wasn’t that bad. We had a huge bus and it was full.  Not a spare seat...who would’ve thought!  A few girls from Brisbane and quite a few from the UK.  The tour went for 4 hours taking us to all the gorgeous sights and views in Salzburg that appeared in the Sound of Music movie.  They spoke about the history behind the Von Trapp family, funny stories about the making of the movie and other interesting facts.  The tour guide dressed like they did and sung songs..’The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music’, to ‘Doe a Deer’, to ‘So long farewell’....that was Trav’s favourite part...when everyone started to sing!  It was quite entertaining!  The only 2 countries where the Sound of Music was not a success were Germany and Austria itself!  How bloody ironic is that! We stopped a place called Mondsee (this is the church they used in the movie for the wedding scene) at a cafe and Trav experienced his first Austrian ‘Apple Strudel’..I thought he was going to turn into a croissant in France, a Pizza in Austria Trav will turn into an Apple Strudel!  We were very lucky to have perfect weather as apparently it rains half of the year here.  We had 30min to kill after this tour so laid in the sun at Mirabell Gardens.  At 2pm we had another tour....underground Salt Mines!  Over to Trav....

Austrians go to a massive effort to manufacture salt. Austria is landlocked, so they can’t harvest from the sea. Salt has always been important, one of the castles we went to had a large salt storage area – was used to preserving food amongst other things. In the name Salzburg, Salz means salt in German. We got put into overalls, and hopped on a little train which went into the black underground. We were warned about the tour guides – they are miners who get given a 1 week experience dealing with tourists, and don’t speak good German (they speak a Bavarian dialect) let alone any English. Lucky for the audio guide! The process of harvesting salt from a salt mine in the middle of a mountain is basically to dig a big hole and let it fill with water. It takes a couple years before any salt is extracted. As they pump fresh water in and the salty water out, the hole grows in size. Two highlights for the tour: First was the wooden slides. 4-5 people sit down, feet up, hold onto the person in front and go wooosh down a fast slide on your bum – lucky for the overalls. The other highlight – going on a short boat ride across a lake – underground in a salt mine! The water was still, and it looked like you were seeing to the bottom of the lake, but it was a reflection of the ceiling which was quite magnificent.

Trav can remember so many facts!  Nerd!  Haha!  After the Salt Mines it was tea time so we decided to go to a beer house for tea and a litre of beer.  In the beer house they have 3 sections.  Inside smoking, Inside non smoking and the beer garden.  Straight to the beer garden is where we went!  It was full of people!  A lot of fat Austrian/German men smoking their pipes and chatting away!  There were little individual shops inside..all different Austrian meals.  We settled with a Weiner Schnitzel, chips (or pommes as they call them here) and salad.  I thought the weiners were quite average but trav thought they were tasty (haha....weiners... I love saying that word).  The salad was awesome!  I love salad! We caught the bus back to the campsite.  A few freaks and beggers come out as soon as the sun goes down.  I just tell them that I dont speak English and they are that dumb they walk away.  Ahhhhh dumb it!

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Thanh on

Love the blogs guys. I just caught up on the last 15 or so entries - sounds like you're having so much fun and having an adventure of a lifetime. I am very envious! Kel your blogs are so entertaining - keeping it real :)

kay on

Hi to the travellers, love following you around the world, phototgraphy is great, you sure look like you are having a wonderful time

Dad Birdie on

Ditto ditto.............i get such a laugh reading some of your adventures the way you guys descibe things. Great pics and stories well down....keep travelling safely and enjoy everything there is to.

misfitzy79 on

love the costume you had to wear for the salt mine!! wish i was there with you hun!! would be an amazing experience to enjoy with you!! love reading your blogs too - just spending some time catching up on them all. miss you sis xx

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