Fortress Hohensalzburg in the SUN!

We toured the castly that overlooks Salzburg-  a pain-staking play-by-play of our day follows...

We toured the castle that overlooks Salzburg- a pain-staking play-by-play of our day follows…

A lot going on here, much of which includes getting lost while driving downtown.  More importantly, we had a GREAT weekend.  Despite R & K going to sleep by 9:30 or 10:30 pm both Fri and Sat night (woo-hoo Salzburg Nightlife!), we had a great weekend. On Saturday, we drove to Faisteneau, Austria which was a winter wonderland.  Kim got to classic ski her heart out, and R&E went sledding.

I was a bit busy skiing,but essentially, this was a typical view from the trail

I was a bit busy skiing,but essentially, this was a typical view from the trail

Afterwards, we found a lovely little gasthaus to have lunch.

the server was in Lederhosen. gotta luv it.

the server was in Lederhosen. gotta luv it.

This little ski haven was 15 km out of Salzburg, so as we headed back to town, we took the opportunity to sabotage Eliot’s nap time to visit a local microbrewery.

Post-ski brew at Die Weisse. (Dee-Vie-zz) .

Post-ski brew at Die Weisse. (Dee-Vie-zz) .

gotta love those Germans and their pretzels.

gotta love those Germans and their pretzels.

can you have too many pictures of yur kid and pretzels? I think not.

can you have too many pictures of yur kid and pretzels? I think not.

This all, of course wore him out.  I love pictures of toddlers sleeping, as if you could capture the stillness and save it for later. sigh.

This all, of course wore him out. I love pictures of toddlers sleeping, as if you could capture the stillness and save it for later. sigh.

So, on SUNDAY  THE SUN CAME OUT!!!!  We discovered mountains we did not know existed.  It was spectacular.  So, after sitting in our little B&B as long as possible drinking mediocre coffee (turns out the hotel coffee that I claimed was ‘good,’ doesn’t really get any better at home)…we were on our way, with a few stops….

we parked our car just outside of the city, next to a litte farm-like thing, with goats...

we parked our car just outside of the city, next to a litte farm-like thing, with goats…(check OUT the alps in the background!)

And….

just in case you thought you were following your besties blog from Florida, NO, this is still winter in Austria.

just in case you thought you were following your besties blog from Florida, NO, this is still winter in Austria.

All I know is, this place is easy to get to and will easily/inexpensively entertain Eliot while Reed is at work….see below for more…

cows. this day really started out 'all-about-E-man'

cows. this day really started out ‘all-about-E-man’

Kim has this thing about farm animals.  It is odd.

Kim has this thing about farm animals. It is odd.

there was this strange turkey-like-thing.

there was this strange turkey-like-thing.

ok,so we are finally OFF to the castle!

ok,so we are finally OFF to the castle!

What kind of parents move to Europe without a stroller (‘kinder-wagon’ as they say here).

We do.

So, pretty  much, it is all pics form here on out.  THE CASTLE!Fortress Hohensalzburg, as it is known here.

So, pretty much, it is all pics from here on out. THE CASTLE!
Fortress Hohensalzburg, as it is known here.

the views just got nicer and nicer

the views just got nicer and nicer

Not sure a view like this will come again in the next couple of weeks, so here it is.

Not sure a view like this will come again in the next couple of weeks, so here it is.

For a ‘real’ photographer’s view, try this link http://www.salzburg-burgen.at/de/hohensalzburg/

a gorgeous day for a hike

a gorgeous day for a hike

hiking to the castle.still.getng closer

another view

another view

And a view from INSIDE the castle!

And a view from INSIDE the castle!

Truly breathtaking day, the view of Salzburg from atop the castle.

Truly breathtaking day, the view of Salzburg from atop the castle.

Click to enlarge, cuz it is a really cool town. Old town is to the Right, but it is all spectacular.

So, as it turns out, there is a TAVERN in the castle.  (they also have a lovely museum,but no pics allowed, so you pretty much get to see beer)

So, as it turns out, there is a TAVERN in the castle. (they also have a lovely museum,but no pics allowed, so you pretty much get to see beer)

might be THE COOLEST highchair ever.

might be THE COOLEST highchair ever.

it is possible I could grow tired of cheese and sausage, but not likely.

it is possible I could grow tired of cheese and sausage, but not likely.

ok, so the server is dressed in this medieveal-garb.  I LOVED it, call me a tourist, I DON'T CARE, it was freakin awesome.

ok, so the server is dressed in this medieval-garb. I LOVED it, call me a tourist, I DON’T CARE, it was freakin awesome.

Once again, Nap-sabotaged, we start hiking down.  So, where you see the paths make an 'X'...that is where we stood, donning the Eliot-carrier-thing.

Once again, Nap-sabotaged, we start hiking down. So, where you see the paths make an ‘X’…that is where we stood, donning the Eliot-carrier-thing.

I keep thinking that Salzburg is a lot like Missoula.  Just like it, except for those buildings from the 17th century and  all….

yeah, just like Missoula

yeah, just like Missoula

view on the way down

view on the way down

One needs a much nicer camera to capture the beauty of the Alps behind us.

One needs a much nicer camera to capture the beauty of the Alps behind us.

All in all, a SPECTACULAR DAY!!!!  Eliot even managed a mini-nap once we arrived home.  (those of you who are parents know the meaning of this).

Lastly, Kim made a lovely Raclette dinner in the evening.  Those of you who have not heard or experienced this, it is ‘very European.’ Actually, it is French, but adopted by most Europeans, I think.  It is very simple, but so pleasant. It requires a special pan that is placed on the table, with a heating element, so you can stack  your goodies and ‘broil’ (for lack of a better term) the potatoes, veggies and cheese on a triangular platter individually.

Eliot purposely refuses to face the  camera and Reed hates his picture taken, so it is your truly showing off the raclette.

Eliot purposely refuses to face the camera and Reed hates his picture taken, so it is yours truly showing off the raclette.

For the epicureans that are left reading- it is boiled potatoes, onions, garlic, procioutto-like-meat, shrooms and CHEESE.

It is possible this blog will be about more than just food and culture, but probably not.  Let’s just hope a Raclette pan is available on Amazon.com back home cuz I’m addicted.

Ciao!!

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10 thoughts on “Fortress Hohensalzburg in the SUN!

  1. Kim! Reed! Eliot! What a fantastic life you lead! Wonderful to follow your adventures, both cultural and culinary. You are indeed living in beautiful country, although I have to agree that it looks remarkably like Missoula. We miss you, but this lovely blog helps! PS: sweet ride.

  2. Raclette! There we go. Was racking my brain trying to remember that the other day. Lovely photos! Salzburg in winter looks gorgeous. We’ve been in the spring and summer, and it’s just lovely all the time! LUCKY DOGS!

    • I love that some of you have been here and can remember the castle and such. It is nice here in the winter because there are dozens of options just outside of town for cc and alpine skiing, but I am looking forward to spring so Eliot and I can ride a bike around town. (albeit in the rain, it is rainy here too)

  3. Kim and Reed, Thanks for sharing! So glad you have such great family time…Hope Elliot remembers..I guess that is why we have pictures. Brenda

  4. Pingback: Catacombs! And, THE Most Beautiful Cemetary in Salzburg | Leben Lieben!

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