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Jun 27, 2015 - Salzburg

June 28th, 2015 Salzburg, Austria We had a beautiful drive in to Salzburg, through the Austrian Alps, with green and blue mountain lakes and green, green grass and trees all around. What a change in culture, language, and food from Italy to Austria! We stopped for a couple of hours at an old salt mining town (older than Rome!) called Hallstadt. This was such a charming town on a picturesque mountain lake. Here we became familiar with lederhosen and dirndls (not sure how to spell those, but the traditional Austrian dress) and Matthew had...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Salzburg

Salzburg is most famous as the birthplace of Mozart. So of course I went to see the apartment where he was born. He was a child prodigy and gave his first performance at 6. Although he died at 36 he wrote over 600 compositions, including 22 operas! He was on tour a third of his life. Salzburg is also well known for the Marionette Theatre which has been giving continuous performances since 1920ish. I went along to see the Magic Flute. The sets and feel reminded me so much of animation and this was confirmed when I saw in the foyer a photo of...

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May 30, 2015 - Day 21 - Mannheim to Salzburg

Day 21 - Saturday 30th May - Offenburg to Salzburg So we have come to the end of Phase 3 of our great holiday (Singapore, Zug, Offenburg), and now we move on. It is sooooo hard - we have developed a very close friendship with Wolfgang, Gabi and Möna and there were leaking eyes as we parted at the Offenburg station. It is another of those Gibson Weather days. Cloud, cold (12deg) and misty light rain in showers. The trip was uneventful other than a 20min delay at Mannheim where we had to change trains for the trip east to Salzburg in Austria...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jan 2, 2015 - Cable Cars and Cake

Weather fine and sunny in the morning with rain late afternoon 3° Today we decided on a later start and met Pam for breakfast in the hotel restaurant at 8.30. Fruits, cereals, yoghurts followed by scrambled eggs and bacon followed. Yum. We had already decided that as the weather was supposed to be fine in the morning turning to rain later that we would visit the Untersberg Mountain cable car, hoping to have great views of the city and surrounding areas. We had to catch a No 25 bus which went from the Hauptbahnhof so we walked down in the...

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Kiwis Who Can Fly

Oct 9, 2014 - Salzburg: Schnitzels and Sonatas

Driving from Munich to Salzburg gave us a "taste" of the beauty that awaits us in Bavaria and Switzerland, as we passed numerous small towns nestled in the rolling hills of the lower Tyrolean Alps. Oh, did I say "taste"? Maybe that was a psychological slip, because really Salzburg has been one wonderful gastronomic "taste" after another, as the pictures show. Arriving here Tuesday afternoon, we unpacked at our charming pension, and hopped on the bus to go into the largely-pedestrian heart of Salzburg's old town. We quickly reserved seats...

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Oct 8, 2014 - The Sound of Music

Oct. 8th – Salzburg, Austria We took off on a two-hour coach ride to Salzburg, the beautiful medieval city where Mozart was born. It was a gray, overcast day, sort of foggy in the morning, but it promised to brighten by the time we got there. Once again, Viki brought us up to date of Austrian history, from the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Nazi occupation/cooperation, through a trade-off with the USSR for E. Germany, right up to today, and I have copious notes, should you care to read them!...

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Down the Danube

Sep 18, 2014 - Salzburg...day 2

September 18, 2014 * ... And the bells rang ... opened one eye ... 6:45 a.m. * ... Brigitte led the walking tour of historic Salzburg. Salzburg, with its rich salt production, had enough money to steer clear of the Thirty Years War, allowing the continued construction of the Salzburg Cathedral. The cathedral is large enough for 5,000 worshipers. There are four organs under the church dome. ... probably creating the first surround sound system. * ... The smallest building is just 8 feet wide filling a gap left by two larger buildings. *...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Salzburg, Austria

Day 9, September 17 Okay---so I'm running out of words to describe this country ! Quick, someone hand me a thesaurus! Or is there one on my iPad I just don't know about?? Today, after traveling through lush green countryside with quaint farmhouses and pampered cows, we come upon our first look at Neuschwanstein Castle, halfway up the mountain...the castle that Disneyland copied! It is exquisite! Looks like a fairy tale castle! It was built in the late 1800s, but looks like it's from the 13th century. We traipsed up and down more than 300...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Salzburg

This morning we are heading to Salzburg, and have to make a slight detour along our way. We couldn't find a decent sized cab, so we broke up into two taxis and went to the post office just opposite the main train station in Munich. We arrived at 8:30, and the young gent behind the counter was not quite excited to see us at first. He saw our parcels, and reached behind him to get some paperwork, including customs declarations. “Can you fill these out and then come back when you're done please?” he asked. We responded “oh we've already done...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Monday

Today we met our local guide, Weiner. He said Salzburg has a population of 150,000 and has 8-10 million tourists each year. They found the first traces of Stone Age man here. This was once a Celtic Kingdom and they mined for salt, therefore, Salzburg. Salt was important and used by the locals as preservatives as well as exporting it down the Salzach river and on to the Danube River. The city was founded in 696 AD when Bishop Rupert came to Christianize it. for 1000 years prince archbishops ruled this independent town. Then in 1803...

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Aug 25, 2014 - The Hills ARE Alive with the Sound of Music

Well today I am going to be a total dork. I have ditched the idea of doing the full Sound of Music tour for 60 Euros and decided we will be using the Hop on Hop Off bus to do a similar tour. Walked up to the Bahnhof (train station) and the adjacent bus station where we can catch the bus. We still had 30 minutes before the bus came so we took a walk over to the Forum 1 shopping centre under the Bahnhof. As luck would have it there was a T-Mobile store that the Telstra guy at Rowville had suggested if we wanted to buy phone and internet...

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EasterEurope

Aug 24, 2014 - Sunday, August 24

Last night Chuck had chills and fever, so this was not a good day to be on the bus a lot. We left Munich after breakfast and headed to the Neuschwanstein castle where "Mad" King Ludwig lived for only 172 days. He became King at the age of 18 and planned and had built the "New Swanstone" castle on the ruins of an old castle. It was built of iron and brick with a sandstone veneer from 1869-1886. The castle had electricity, running water from the alps, and a telephone. The wall paintings were based mostly on Wagner's opera themes. He...

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