Easter Cakes, Cathedrals and a Brewery to the Rescue

So, Germany shuts down on Good Friday and Austria shuts down through Monday for the religious holiday.    Neither of these occurrences were made clear to us newbies until the last minute, so I am glad we had enough food stuffed into our little refrigerator for the stores to be closed until Tuesday!  Not even Rick Steves enlightened us in his German/Austria travel book. Add to this an unanticipated spring-forward time-change Sunday am, and we were really thrown for a loop.

However, we were inundated by Easter cheer by our new friends, (inundated with chocolate also, I might add).  Austria has these traditional cakes made in the shape of a lamb or bunny and one friend made us a chocolate lamb, while our land-lady made us a white cake bunny!

Kim painted and dyed 2 dozen eggs, while Dorte and Elisabeth supplied beautiful cakes.

Kim painted and dyed 2 dozen eggs, while Dorte and Elisabeth supplied beautiful cakes. Note my birthday roses, need to be tossed and Eliot’s Legos from the Easter Bunny made the shot.

I am unable to capture the beauty of these cakes, but here is a close up of each…

Chocolate lamb and cut-outs that the Neibauer girls made us

Chocolate lamb and cut-outs that the Niebauer girls made us.

The cookies that Sarah and Julia made us tasted a lot like home-made pie crust.  Which reminds me to add a cultural pearl here.  They don’t seem to have PIE here!  I guess there is a reason they say…’as American as Apple Pie.’ Wish I had a pan to bake one for our new friends! Don’t get me wrong, they have AMAZING cakes and pastries, just no pie, end of cultural pearl.

eliot and cake bunny

So, our Easter Sunday and Easter Monday were pretty mellow as we attempted to find something to do in town that was open.  We had planned on going to the Salzburg Freilicht Museum for what promised to be a great Outdoor Easter Festival for kids.  However, plans were dashed when we awoke to 32 degrees F and several inches of wet, slushy snow. So, instead we went to a festival-turned-indoors at the Historic Stiegl Brewery just down the street.  Yes, a brewery for Easter. Even I am embarrassed to admit this. It ended up being a blast for Eliot and we were able to grab good food with our new friends (Christine and Jakob and even Stephan this time) afterwards, so although it had nothing to do with the real meaning of Easter, it was a heckuva lot of fun for kiddos and adults.

Brown Easter Bunny? Well, whatever works...

Brown Easter Bunny? Well, whatever works…and this zombie-looking thing behind me is a little girl with her face painted. Hope we didn’t frighten anybody.

Um, yeah, so it was a brewery and all, so although it was a completely tiled floor and kiddos running around like mad, they allowed glass bottles. This is not the US, people.

Um, yeah, small Stiegl in hand at the craft table…  although it was a completely tiled floor and kiddos running around like mad, they allowed glass bottles. This is not the U.S., people.

So, at any rate, we had a great Easter Sunday…but as we found out were were an hour off AND Reed would not be going into work on Monday, we needed something to do Monday while the weather was still lousy.  we had hoped for the Salzburg Museum but it too was closed…but we sauntered into town anyhow (and found it FULL of tourists!!).

Outside of the Salzburg DOM (Cathedral)

Outside of the Salzburg DOM (Cathedral)

Although we did not attend church this Easter, we did however, enter quite a few.  Here, the most spectacular, the Salzburg DOM.

seriously impressive ceiling

seriously impressive ceiling

Although a lot of other pictures came out pretty great despite the haze, I will el

Outside of Skiftkirche St. Peter (Church) in Old Town

Although a lot of other pictures came out pretty decent despite the haze, I will end here and wish everyone a lovely Easter Monday!
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