June 25, 2021

Salzburg, Oh Romantic Salzburg!

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Skibosh here, if I used one word to describe Salzburg it would be “romantic”. I am a sucker for smaller European towns that are not huge metropolitan cities. It really takes me to another time and place. It reminds me of the “Port of Soller”, a small Spanish city that Spaulding, BreAnn, and I happened upon on the island of Mallorca last September when we were all traveling. Speaking of which, Bre here are two pictures just for you.

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Time seems to have stood still in most of these towns and the way of life is so different that you can do nothing but just sit and be still with time. These are the experiences I’ve enjoyed the most on my two trips to Europe so far.

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After the Sound of Music Tour most of our time in Salzburg was spent exploring the city both during the day and at night. During the day Spaulding and I ate at small cafés and explored the St. Peter’s cemetery.  As morbid as it sounds, it was interesting to see graves that date back to the 1800’s right next to graves that were dated 2003.

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The second night in town we saw a marionette show. It was fun and interesting experience. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures during the show.  It was the story of “The Magic Flute”. It was in German, but as each new scene started they projected a description of each scene in English and 4 other languages in order for everyone to understand. I was amazed by the detail of movement the puppeteers had over each puppet. They would be walking in one direction, pointing in another, waving an arm, and nodding the head all at the same time.

My favorite part of Salzburg was the late evenings Spaulding and I spent in town. After about 10 o’clock the streets would clear out and we had the town to ourselves. We would walk through town and take pictures, eat ice cream and enjoy the cool air that came down from the Alps.

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The walks back to the hotel were equally as nice. They had a walkway that ran along the river and each night Spaulding and I got to stroll down the riverside and talk about all of the experiences we had that day, like our walk through the famous, but strange “Dwarf Garden”, which was guarded by two dwarf volleyball players.

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I am not kidding, they are volleyball players. The rest of the garden is a crazy American’s photo opt dream come true. Check out the pictures below!
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I feel bad that I was not there to protect Spaulding from the last dangerous stick wielding dwarf, but I was a little busy getting rid of the last of the beer from Schutzenfest.

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Overall, I am sad to be leaving Salzburg. It was such a fun, relaxing experience, but adventure awaits in Munich! Adventures that will definitely include the ever famous Hofbrauhaus, the English Garden, and I am sure a few more beers.

We will always have our memories of Salzburg and with that I bid Salzburg farewell.

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Skibosh Out!
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Salzburg and SOM booyaoww!

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Spaulding here and still sleepy since I only got 5 hours of sleep after that crazy Schuetzenfest in Biberach…Germans are crazy!  Let’s go hang out with the Austrians… and so we did!

IMG_0849After ridiculous seat finding and train changing from Biberach, we finally made it to Salzburg around 6pmish Sunday night.  Our hotel was on the outskirts of town (but only a 15 minute walk to Old Town) and was seriously the cutest and nicest place I’ve ever stayed in.  It had the feel of a  B&B, but the space of a hotel… It was so cool.

We walked around Old Town that night and it was purely magical… all the lights were on and the town was just a night stroller’s dream.  No one was around and we had the streets to ourselves.  We tried to capture the feeling, but pictures can only do so much.

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The next morning we got up early so we could enjoy breakfast and then head out to the Sound of Music tour we had booked the day before.  OMG!  Did we enjoy the breakfast!!!  Anything and everything you’d want to munch on was available… We have found that the  typical German and Austrian breakfast consists of bread, cheese, meat, soft boiled eggs and perhaps some museli (and of course coffee and/or tea).  This breakfast had that and more!  Homemade fresh breads and pastries (STRUDEL!!!), spreads, stinky cheese (but yummy cheese), veggies, fresh fruit, cereal, juices and much much more.  It was AMAZING (as if you couldn’t tell from the paragraph and a half description:)!  We could have eaten there all day!

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After breakfast, we got picked up by our tour guide, Peter, for the Sound of Music tour.  There were 6 of us in a mini van (4 of us from the USA and 2 from Japan).  This tour was really great because not only did we get to see places from where they filmed scenes for the SOM (that’s right, I’m abbreviating it), but we also got to see the country side, which was absolutely breathtaking, and something we might not have seen if we had stayed in town.

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We also got do some fun things like riding a luge!!  There were no real directions on how to do it, they basically just threw us on a cart and we got dragged up to the top of the hill.  I wasn’t even sure how to stop and go until I was literally going down hill!

Marty had fun filming his trip down:

For the SOM fans, we got to see the gazebo where the song “16 Going on 17” was filmed, the gates and drive where Maria sings “I’ve Got Confidence in Me” and where they escape from the Nazis, the outside of the house where the kids and Maria fall into the lake, the lane where all the kids hung out of the trees, the fountain and stairs for “Do Ray Me” and the church where they got married.  And all along the way we got stories from our guide about the differences between the real story and the Hollywood version.

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After the tour, we did some more walking around town and then ate some dinner and called it a night.  It was a really fantastic day of touring around Salzburg and its outer areas!

Peace out!

Ann (AKA Spaulding)

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