With predictions of rain Martha, Judi, and I boarded our bus for a 2 hour ride to Salzburg from Passau, Germany. We drove through lower Bavaria which is mostly farmland. (So many green fields and cloudy rainy skies! It does not feel like winter).. Growing corn, which is used to feed dairy and beef cattle and making canola oil, is their main focus. Farmers supplement their incomes by supporting the local tourist industry in various ways. There are also health spas with healing mineral waters....benefiting troublesome hips and knees. After an hour’s drive we crossed the border into Austria which is an alpine country. 60% of this country are alps. Our guide described Austria as a country of desserts, music (Mozart) and The Sound is Music. ( Do not expect the citizens here to have any familiarity with this movie!]. The most popular song in the worl is Silent Night which comes from a town in this area..
Leaving the comfort of the bus, we followed our guide through the old town of Saltzburg learning of its history and especially Mozart. Then came free time to explore the markets. As it was rainy, windy, and cold we opted to find an indoor indoor restaurant. We’ve seen so many Christmas markets by now!. All agreed we’d like to return to further explore this town...vm