down for the next few days. We could probably afford to slow down a bit-- we have been running around like crazy people since Jenna got here. Good thing we have a relaxing week planned in Austria/Hungary.
The train took a little over an hour to get from Munich to Salzburg. Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart, and they are definitely proud of it-- every single tourist shop had a million Mozart related souvenirs, and their Euros have Mozart's face printed on them.
It is also where the Sound of Music was set, and there were reminders of that all over the souvenir stands as well. We walked to some formal gardens called Schloss Mirabell, which was built by the archbishop-prince Wolf Dietrich for his mistress-- he must have really liked his mistress because they were totally amazing.
There were tons of beautiful statues and fountains, and there were perfectly manicured flowers everywhere. The gardens were featured in the Sound of Music! We are definitely going to have to watch that movie again when we get home.
Salzburg is situated right on the Danube river, so we cruised across a bridge to get to the main part of town. On the walk from the gardens to the town square, we ran into church after church after church. Each was more grandiose than the next, culminating in the Dom, which were totally unbelievable inside.
There was a really excellent fountain in the Domplatz, and we spent a bunch of time taking pictures of it, things behind it, ourselves in front of it... Then we hiked up a hill to check out the Festung Hohensalzburg, which was a giant castle fortress.
We were unwilling to spend 10 Euros to get in the grounds, so we just took pictures of the city from the hill. The light was absolutely perfect!
By this point my ankle was in a very sad place, so we found a little cafe and bought an espresso so we could use the Internet. We had stupidly forgotten to write down the directions we needed to get to our host's house in Vienna, so we spent some time sorting all of that out.
Then we headed to the Mozart museum to take a few pictures, then back to the train station to go to Vienna. So now we are blogging like crazy (we just wrote blogs for Munich, Fussen, Munich again, and Salzberg...) while enjoying the scenery out the window.
The lady sitting next to us is totally hilarious-- she is wearing Dolce and Gabana sunglasses, a pink leopard print blouse, ridiculous diamond jewelry, studded leggings, Louie Vutton socks, and 5 inch spiked stiletto heels.
Her skin is orange as can be (covered with red blush and purple eyeshadow), and she has her fake fingernails manicured into a 2 inch point... I think we have found ourselves a real Italian guidette, in the flesh! Excellent. Jersey Shore has been put to shame. Will post again in a few days from Vienna! Ba Ba!
We woke up early on Monday (5/9) and hit up the breakfast to stash some more bologne sandwiches and hard boiled eggs. They also have little packages of Nutella that we stashed a bunch of for later. Delicious! Then we packed up our backpacks and headed to the train station. We had a bit of a causality-- I stepped on the last step of the stairs wrong and slipped down a few stairs. Unfortunately, I landed on my ankle in a very sad way. Heard a lovely crack but everything still works right so it must just be a sprain. I could still walk on it fine but it is definitely going to slow us