Hop on hop off. Our favourite. All the sites in an hour or two then back to those most preferred. Sensational weather. 30 something and not a cloud in the sky.. brilliant.
Amazing by day. Well we thought the night views were scintillating but Salzburg is definitely at it’s best during the day time. A real relaxed feel and pleasing to the eye no matter where you look. No graffiti, no litter, not even a smoke butt on the floor.
I am 16 going on 17... We stopped to do the trick fountains and the surrounding parklands, the site in which they relocated the original gazebo/rotunda from the sound of music. Almost broke out in song…
Trick fountains. The archbishop had built these fountains as an entertaining ground for his guests. Quite remarkable. Everything was hydro powered, including intricate little model figurines, music, flutes and sprinkler systems. The reason they were referred to as the trick fountains was because of the archbishop's desire to saturate his guests with elaborate sprinklers setup in the viewing/entertainment areas at an unsuspecting moment. Very cool. The stone dinner table for instance had sprinklers built into the seats. Apparently, you are not permitted to stand in an archbishop’s presence if he is still seated, which meant they had to sit through the water show for his amusement. I would have been beheaded in those days…
Still can’t cook. We had a Turkish kebab for lunch. See the trend? Anything but local food. It was OK. I just don’t get it. Everyone working in the restaurant was as Turkish as they get and yet it was a little disappointing. Maybe they don’t have to try as hard here…
Fortress/shopping strip. We got off the bus to check out the fortress built above the old town. Left for the fortress, right for the exclusive shopping strip. We went right…
Pasta II. I had the simplest gnocchi and Vic ordered calamari. Lets just keep it at, “if you have nothing positive to say… “. Did you know Mozart was born here… ?
Mozart. I was simply changing the subject but Mozart really is their proud son. Everywhere you go there are Mozart cafes, restaurants, souvenir stands, his place of birth, the house he lived in, candy stores… everything Mozart imaginable. I don’t even think he was that big until the Bugs Bunny Show…
Involuntary insomnia. Vic was up to 3am looking for accommodation in Switzerland. Honestly, where do the Swiss get off charging $300-$400 per night in shitty 2 star accommodation. Zurich and Bern were the same. I love Swiss merchandise and don’t mind paying for quality but that is ridiculous. May have to rethink the plan.