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Published: April 28th 2019
Today we left our hotel after breakfast. It was the first day since joining this tour that we didn't have to pack up our suitcases and leave them outside our door to be packed on the bus. This is the first two-night stay at the same hotel. We have about three others during this trip. Our usual agenda each morning is to get ready, pack our suitcases and put them outside our door by 7:00, then head to breakfast and board the bus by 8:00 am.
It was a 1 1/2 hour ride to Salzburg. Our first stop was just outside Salzburg at the Schloss Hellbrunn Palace. This palace was built in 1613-1619 by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg and named for the "clear spring" that supplied it. It is filled with secret water that can spray unsuspecting visitors/guests. The guide we had today was very kind to us because it was cold and no one wanted to be sprayed with water. The gardens were beautiful.
The best thing we saw at Schloss Hellbrunn was the gazebo used in the filming of The Sound of Music. We weren't allowed to go in but we could take pictures. Our Salzburg
guide #that met us at the palace# used to be a Sound of Music tour guide so she was able to point out many places used in the filming of the movie. We walked through gardens, ran down steps, walked through archways, and Shealyn even had her picture taken by the fountain used in the song "I Have Confidence". Sadly the Sound of Music Shop was closed for the day as were many shops because it was Sunday.
Salzburg is also famous for being the birthplace and part time home of Mozart. We saw the house in which he was born and the church where he was baptized. There are Mozart chocolates which are made in Salzburg, so of course we tried them. I had tried them when we had an exchange student, Hans, who sent them to use several times. They are a center of pistachio surrounded by nougat and dipped in chocolate. Of course we also found ice cream!
Salzburg is also the place where the words to Silent Night were written by Joseph Mohr.
Many of the structures in Salzburg have a date or two written near the top. The date is when the
structure was first built and the second or third date is when it was remodeled. It was interesting to look up and see those dates.
Following our visit to Salzburg we rove about an hour away in to the Alps to Gastof St. Adolari, a hotel/restaurant where we had dinner. Dinner consisted of cream of garlic soup, salad, French fries and creamed potatoes, and spare ribs. Dessert was traditional pancakes with applesause. It was a great meal. The entertainment was even better with lots of audience participation.
I had been to this restaurant before on a previous trip with my mom and brother, Larry. I knew the church next door was beautiful and asked the waiter if we could go in and take pictures. He opened the church for us and we all took many pictures. St. Adolari was the patron saint of livestock and gave his blessings for the herd and landscape. The church is Gothic style and dates back to 1407.
A short ride back to the hotel and we are just about tucked in for the night. Night all!
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