The Hills Are Alive… With the Sound of Music
After breakfast it was a 8:15am departure for Salzburg, Austria – the destination famous as the home of Mozart AND due to the, “Sound of Music” Blockbuster Movie. Many thousands have visited here because of that heartwarming story.
The drive took approx. 2 hours from Linz where we docked late last night. In the evening some buildings on the Linz waterfront are lit with vibrant LED lights – the red, blue, green colours beautifully reflect off the Danube River.
There was choice of 2 tours today – Salzburg or Linz with a visit to local family’s cider mill.
Even though I have been to Salzburg many times, I love this community and won’t ever miss the opportunity to return.
On todays journey we learned that Austria accepted 100,000 refugees last year and have taken in over 20,000 this year.
The drive was a spectacular one – fall colours, mountain peaks and the greenest grass one could imagine. Mom remarked that the grass reminder her of a country drive in Kentucky. Soon mountain peaks came into view.
Before our arrival in Salzburg we stopped in a small community famous for the church where the, “Sound of Music” wedding took place. My pictures of the church interior just don’t do it justice.
Once we arrived in Salzburg we enjoyed a walking tour to see the main attractions and then we had time to explore on our own. To get from the coaches to the Old Town we needed to walk across the Love Bridge where couples attach a lock to secure a loving relationship.
The Walters Family traveled down a quiet street and enjoyed lunch at a local pastry cafe where their massive bowls of delicious, homemade vegetable soup had an Asian flair with lemon grass and sprouts. Soup is the only hot item they served. They asked a few people to move to other seats to accommodate us, the tourists. Even though the staff and locals didn’t speak any English we managed fine and were warmly welcomed. The cook hovered over her soup and served it to our table. We shared some sinful, Austrian pastries too. Our bill came to an extermely, reasonable 4Euro a person!
Today in Salzburg there were no crowds to waddle through – it was wonderful.
We did experience some rain but that isn’t unusual for Salzburg.
Those that went to the family cider mill just raved about the experience. I guess the “hard” cider was pretty tasty!
When we got back to the UniWorld River Beatrice there was just enough time to stroll into Linz to nab a few pictures of the newly planted fall flowers before gathering for our 2nd Bradley Walters Journeys Cocktail Party.
Tonight in the lounge the entertainment is an Austrian Dixie Land Band – they are pretty awesome – felt like I was in New Orleans and it is obvious they are lovin playin for everyone.
Tonights after-dinner party on board the UniWorld River Beatrice, celebrated my 30th Anniversary in the Tour Industry. The impressive anniversary cake tasted amazing and the dance floor was packed!