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Nov 29, 2016 - The Hills are Alive!!

Today is the day! Really, this detour to Austria was pretty much entirely so we could get to Salzburg and take the Sound of Music tour and see all of the things and places that the great Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer made famous. I have been watching this movie since I was super young. I'm gonna say like four years old. And in those days, we had vhs tapes, and the sound of music was so long that it had to be split into two separate tapes. You would think this would be an annoyance. Oh, no. This just meant that I could watch one...

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Nov 28, 2016 - Snow in Salzburg

We arrived in Vienna bright and early at about seven am, which is crap. No one had gotten much sleep again, which is also crap. We had decided previously that it was smarter after these trains to just get to out next hostel and try and catch up on sleep. So we got tickets to Salzburg and hopped on the 7:30 train. This was a packed train. I was thinking it would be a way lighter crowd, but I didn't realize that the train goes all the way to Zurich. Anywho, once again the giant backpacks do not fit in the overhead bin. Alyssa and Megan found...

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Sep 20, 2016 - REgensburg and cruising

Sept 16 - yes I'm quite a few days behind.... First view out the window - sunrise reflected on the water - and no need to be anywhere before a tour of Regensburg which began at 10:00!!!!!! Regensburg is another great little town - small but with many buildings dating back to Medieval times. We had a great tour, then time to mozie around on our own. A highlight was to see the recreated foundation of the Jewish Synagogue destroyed by the Nazis IN the towns we are visiting, we have seen many rebuilt Synagogues or other reminders of how the...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Sound of Music and Embarcation

SOUND OF MUSIC day - Up, many courses of breakfast and on the bus by 8 am for our excursion to Salzburg. We had another couple of hours driving through the delightful Bavarian countryside - lovely picturesque villages, dairy farms with the traditional structure of a yellow stucco house at the front, attached to the wooden barn part of the building. Apparently the barns are now used largely to store hay - lots of fields of corn. Then closer to the Alps, mountain scenery and finally Salzburg and our Sound of Music Tour with lots of...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Zell am See

Thursday 2nd June 2016 – Austria Yep, more f**king rain overnight – god this is worse than being in Fort William, at least you expect it to rain there and it’s over in six hours and you get a wee respite – but here it’s just more and more! At breakfast the rain stops and we hurriedly break camp – all the stuff outside, tables chairs etc, is sodden but we put it all away and then have to wait for another caravan outfit to leave (and they take ages) before we can push (yes, by hand) the caravan back to get hitched up! But we are soon underway...

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May 31, 2016 - Salzburg Again

Wednesday 1st June – Salzburg Torrential rain overnight and the forecast is for more to come – damn – it’s apparently lovely and sunny in Ardfern! We do have Wi-Fi in the caravan and so we pass the time catching up – but we do go over to the café at 11 o’clock for coffee and Applestruddel! It’s still raining at 1pm, but we hope for a clearance in the afternoon and we will walk to town! And miracles do happen – the rain stops and we head out to town at 1.30pm – it takes an hour to walk but it’s mostly ok – part of the path is flooded – so we...

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Apr 21, 2016 - Salzburg

Yesterday evening we went to a very nice restaurant, the Fuxn, which serves typical Austrian food and was highly recommended by the concierge at our hotel. We ordered "roast knuckle of pork" and it turned to be a HUGE piece of meat on a bone--I am not sure just where a pig's knuckle is! Jim did his best to leave nothing but the bone and came close to succeeding. We had ice cream (not called gelato in Austria) for dessert, and though I am adventurous, I passed on asparagus-flavored ice cream! This morning after a breakfast buffet at our...

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Jan 11, 2016 - The Sherfields Are Coming, The Sherfields Are Coming!

I'm trying to fly as little as possible while I'm traveling throughout Europe, so yes...you read that right in my last post...I took a ferry AGAIN from London to Amsterdam. I had to buy a cabin in this one because it was an overnight trip. I didn't mind though because for about $140 I got a bus ride, a ferry ride, a hotel room (on the ferry), and 2 train rides. Pretty sweet deal considering how expensive train travel is throughout Europe. So I found my cozy little private room and hunkered down to fall asleep, once I got over the passing...

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Sep 23, 2015 - The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria

You can't come to Salzburg on the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music and not take in all the sights! We stayed at a AirBnB house that wasn't to far from downtown. The owners live downstairs and rent out the upstairs which had 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. It was huge! We also had washer and dryer to do a couple loads of laundry! This was our 1st rainy day of the trip, but that didn't stop us. We headed into downtown Salzburg at 10am and found out all the tours left at 9:15. We bought tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus. There were 2 lines...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Salzburg events

We love Music Festivals and this is the largest in the world. Hotels get booked out and accommodation is expensive at Summer Festival time especially. This is 85% booked by January each year for the coming July and August festival. Yes it is popular. We were lucky to get tickets for two Operas and tonight we see Der Rosenkavalier. We saw Il Travatore on the first night and the Marriage of Figaro the next night. Terrible stories but great music, singing and performances. Last night we saw a Chamber Music Concert in the palace on the...

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Averill and James

Aug 8, 2015 - Salzburg Day 2

Saturday, August 8th I felt great today but it was going to be another hot one so we headed into town in a taxi to visit The Hohensalzburg Fortress. It has a formidable presence on top of a 400 foot rock. Construction was begun by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg as a show of the Catholic Church’s power. It was a good investment –so foreboding, no one attacked the town for 1,000 years. The city was never taken by force but when Napoleon dropped in, Salzburg very wisely surrendered. Unfortunately when he left he took most of the furnishings...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Salzburg Day 1

Friday, August 7th. Salzburg is Austrian’s 4th. largest city with 150,000 inhabitants. It is divided into the old town which sits between the river and the mini mountain of Monchsberg and the new which sits on the north side. Over 8 million tourists visit it annually. The Salzburg’s river (Salt river) name is derived not because it is salty but because of the precious cargo it once carried - salt from the mines of Hallein just nine miles upstream .Salt could be transported from here all the way to the Danube, and on to the Mediterranean...

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