Salzburg Sights Before We Depart…

If you take a week or two vacation to a far off place, you take the chance of experiencing rainy weather to spoil your sightseeing.  For awhile, I thought perhaps staying in Salzburg 4 months wasn’t enough to miss the poor weather!  Apparently we had the worst March weather in 30 years (lucky us).  Don’t quote me on that, since I can’t understand German newspaper, but that is what we heard.  Although spring seemed to be skipped, we managed to hit major sights, especially Kim and Eliot while Reed was away at work. Today,  I thought I would condense down to one post some of the major sights tourists hit when they come to Salzburg.  Frequently they are only here a day or two, so we feel pretty darn lucky to have lived here for 4 months!

One of the most beautiful sights is Mirabellgarten (1606), and also a major Sound of Music icon.

One of the most famous fountains seen during the 'Do-Re-Mi' scene.

One of the most famous fountains seen during the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ scene.

Because everyone knows you can learn to sing by singing Do-Re-Mi (!?) but here are the rest of the Mirabell photos, if you are reading this via the email, you may want to click on the link to the actual blog,  otherwise I find the pictures  slow to load or quite so large.

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Salzburg has the most incredible Old Town with gorgeous architecture.  A handful of times the weather was nice enough for Eliot and I to bike downtown, so here is a small summary of different Old Town sites.

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There is so much more to see in Salzburg.  I didn’t feature Mozartplatz, where you can find the birthplace of Mozart and it’s museum.    Another, more peaceful cemetery at St. Sebastian’s Church (Sebastianskirche & Friedhof), and of course there are my previous posts on St. Peter’s Cemetery, Museum der Moderne (includes Salzburg at night), Toy MuseumGetreidegasse for shopping,  or Hellbrunn Palace (coming up next!).

There are so many incredible sculptures, most are quite old.  However, contemporary sculptures are abundant as well, like this almost sensual Mozart tribute.

Markus Lupertz

Markus Lupertz’s tribute to Mozart

Kim and Eliot usually spent Thursday mornings buying produce and meats at the large market near Mirabell.  We indulged in our weekly sausages every Thursday at noon!

Schranne, or Market around St. Andrew's Church, a Thursday tradition.

Schranne, or Market around St. Andrew’s Church, a Thursday tradition.

One particular Thursday, we biked over the river to meet Reed for lunch instead.

A view of the lovely Salzach River along our bike route.

A view of the lovely Salzach River along our bike route.

Along our route, a view of this incredible hotel up on Monchberg hill.

Along our route, a view of this incredible hotel up on Monchberg hill.

River Salzach and view of Kapunzinerberg Hill.

River Salzach and view of Kapuzinerberg Hill.

Kapuzinerberg is another incredible sight, see here.

And finally, lunch on the river as a family! Please note, Reed drinking water, and I just had to order a small ‘Radler.’  Radler is a traditional beer where they mix lemonade with beer.  I was firmly opposed to such things in beer, until I tried it and found it to be extremely refreshing!  Can’t knock it til you try it, as they say…

Finally, warm enough to sit outside before Reed head's back to work.

Finally, warm enough to sit outside before Reed heads back to work.

Lastly, a whirlwind post about Salzburg wouldn’t be complete without mention of our wonderful landlords whom Eliot adored. Here. they are in traditional garb (Lederhosen and the dress is called a Dirndl).

Josef and Elisabeth, incredible sincere and kind people made our 4 months just lovely!

Josef and Elisabeth, incredible sincere and kind people made our 4 months just lovely!

Unfortunately, this post is ridiculously delayed, in actuality, we have returned to the states!  But, we have so many fun photos, I will continue to blog on the remaining adventures with and without a toddler.  Up next, Hellbrunn Palace in the summer…quite a treat.

Yours in Salzburg Sights, Kim

Yours in Salzburg Sights, Kim

Croatia continued: Trekking in Rovinj

Forgive me if I am using the term ‘trekking’ loosely…this was simply a day hike around the lovely city of Rovinj, Croatia.    Our hotel was in Rovinj and we were able to do our day-trips from there- so if you are ever considering a visit to Croatia, I hope this can give you an idea of what it is like to stay near Rovinj.  It is a small historic town that is very popular with the British and German tourists.  Our hotel was an old Eastern-Bloc hotel remodeled with superb service and breakfast included and FULL of German-speaking and British tourists!  They treated our toddler like royalty which  made for a great experience.  Check out the Park Hotel Rovinj if you are interested, here.

I have neglected to provide a quick review of the Country, so allow me to use wikipedia to do just that. Rovinj is located on the most western part of the landmass on the coast, only a 4,5 hour drive from Salzburg.

Croatia, previously part of Yugoslavia, now a horse-shoe shaped country.

Croatia, previously part of Yugoslavia, now a horse-shoe shaped country.  See all those islands?  They are supposed to be spectacular.

Our hotel is perfectly adjacent to the start of town, so the Mize’s began their day along the shore…

Grandpa and Eliot starting out the day!

Grandpa and Eliot starting out the day!

In an attempt to shorten the blogs, here is my newest attempt at a slideshow for those interested in Rovinj…CLICK ON A PIC FOR A FULL SLIDESHOW….

Now, onto the climb towards the church.

Dad left early to meet some of his work buddies, so Mom, Eliot and I continued our day scouting out the town.

When Dad returned, we went for a bike ride along this HUGE park in Rovinj, with absolutely incredible coast line.    This IS one of the main reasons tourists choose Croatia…

Yours in Croatian Coastlines,  Kim

Yours in Croatian Coastlines,
Kim

Catacombs! And, THE Most Beautiful Cemetary in Salzburg

One could take a couple of days alone to make the Catholic Heritage Sightseeing tour in Salzburg and you would not be disappointed in the incredible baroque architecture.  One of the most peaceful cemeterys here is part of Petersfriedhof (St Peter’s Church).  We have been there a handful of times and recently in good weather.  I must add, even if you were to find the cemetery pics unimpressive, be sure to read to the end of this blog for the Catacombs built into the rock wall, totally amazing.

view of the church from the chapel a couple months ago

View of the church from the cemetery a couple months ago

Just as we don’t lack for places to eat or drink in this country, we don’t lack for chapels either (kappelle).  There is even an extra chapel in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Margarethenkapelle, (re-)built in 1491

Margarethenkapelle, (re-)built in 1491

Incredible view of Festung (Fortress) from cemetery

Incredible view of Festung (Fortress) from cemetery

The tombstones can be elaborate. This one, a bit 'The Walking Dead' style, if you ask me.

The tombstones can be elaborate. This one, a bit ‘The Walking Dead’ style, if you ask me.

So, as I’m capturing this pic above, I notice these windows in the rock of Mönchberg hill (the rock wall upon which the castle is built) , just above the cemetery…(see here if you have not read our incredible day at the castle!).

I wondered WHAT could be in that rock wall!

I wondered WHAT could be in that rock wall!

Turns out, you can see more of it from this view…

just above the cemetary, you see a more 'church-like' appearance.

just above the cemetary, you see a more ‘church-like’ appearance.  It is actually built into the rock, and we walked up there for the upcoming photos..

I couldn’t find it in my vast array of travel books, but our neighbor Christine told me (I hope I am getting this right) when the Protestants where persecuted  and not allowed to worship in Salzburg,  they built a hidden church in the rock.  I have a hard time finding that exact history, but I did find out that more than one sanctuary is carved into the rock.   They are called the Catacombs or ‘Katacomben’.  (even though there are no buried bodies, it turns out, wikipedia says Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways for religious practice…)

Eliot peering into the entrance

Eliot peering into the entrance

So,we pay the 1.5 Euro to enter, here, Eliot on the stairs...

So,we pay the 1.5 Euro to enter, here, Eliot on the stairs…

the sanctuary built into the rock!

the sanctuary built into the rock!

incredible view of st Peter's from the catacombs...

incredible view of st Peter’s from the catacombs…

View of the Festung (fotress) from catacombs

View of the Festung (fotress) from catacombs

I just couldn’t get enough of the view from above…those crazy Protestants!

St. Peter's Cathedral from catacombs

St. Peter’s Cathedral from catacombs

I have to say, this was the most successful day of sightseeing with a toddler ever!  So, after visiting 2 cemeteries, the Thursday Market, and then ancient catacombs…Eliot and I worked up an appetite…so we headed to the daily market for our weekly sausages.

This is a pic of me, trying to contain my nearly-3-yr-old in a busy market.

This is a pic of me, trying to contain my nearly-3-yr-old in a busy market.

Yours in Catacombs, Kim

Yours in Catacombs and tasty market food, Kim