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Published: September 3rd 2018
Adventurous drive to Oberming, Austria
It was late at night before we began our drive toward Oberming, Meiming, Austria.
Fog had descended, and I was quite terrified having to navigate through the Alps to get over to Austria. This was the only leg where we had decided to stay at a B&B place.
The Gasthof (guest house) was run by a charming Austrian couple in a charming little Austrian town. Charming Gueshouse stay at Oberming, Austria
GastHof Seelos had little window boxes brimming with cheerful little flowers as I would notice the following morning. Ms. Gaudi had stayed up late expecting us and we were very pleased that she had not left for day as we would have been stranded in the middle of the night and in the middle of nowhere. Ms Gaudi showed us to our quarters, a two bedroom suite with fluffy comforters invitingly turned down – just perfect for us weary travelers! She reminded us that she’d have warm breakfast waiting for us the next morning – what a darling! She deserves 5 ***** on tripadvisor.com
Next morning at
Next morning at Ms Gaudi’s table we a good breakfast.
There was something for everyone from hardboiled eggs, to an assortment of Jambon, frommage – including fruit flavoured ones, all kinds of muesli, fresh fruit (straight from their garden) and yoghurts.
Ms Gaudi’s table we had the best breakfast ever. There was something for everyone from hardboiled eggs, to an assortment of Jambon, frommage – including fruit flavoured ones, all kinds of muesli, fresh fruit (straight from their garden) and yoghurts.
She even had an assortment of liver pate which Sheldon insisted I have to help with my anemia! Fortified by the huge breakfast we took off to Salzburg.
The real Do-re-mi tour was going to be our schwan song before we kissed the happy gallivanting good-bye and came back to world of Factory and Façade design patterns and Agile methodologies! Maria’s Mirabell Gardens
Started the day at Mirabell Gardens.
Children and I linked arms and ran through the fountains and gardens to capture our version of Von Trapp family’s Do-re-mi. The girls indulged me and ran up and down the grassy slopes gleefully for me to videotape my version of the ‘Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music’!!!
Native Austrians probably wondered what all this fuss about ‘Sound of Music’ was all about!! Saw several funny T-shirts with “No kangaroos here” Mozart Kuglens!
We then headed off to Mozart platz to get Mozartised.
We visited the apartment where he was born, the apartment where he was raised – all charming little museums now. Saw the piano on which he composed when he was barely 8. Saw pictures of the equally talented sister Nannerl and the sweet letters between the siblings.
Every well known artist at that time took some inspiration from the wonderful city of Salzburg.
Brahms composed his beautiful lullaby while in Salzburg. Even Sigmund Freud vacationed in Salzburg and when I told Sheldon that I hoped he’d gone crazy with his gross Freudian theories, he said there I was having a schadenfreude moment!
Then we got all Kughlened out! The city celebrates the life of Mozart with a signature candy called Mozart Kughel (Mozart Ball – no don’t go all Freud on me – that’s what it said in English!). Mozart Kugels are delicious little chocolate balls with creamy noughat fillings. Very delectable.
We picked up couple of Mozart Kugel boxes in the shape of violins for Ken
& Carol and Ms Paula - the children’s piano teacher who is instrumental in creating my very own Mozarts! Hellbrunn Caste – I tried to be 16 going on 17!
Final stop for the day was at Hellbrunn Castle.
This had spectacular gardens and the glass gazebo where the Captain’s daughter sang “I am 16 going on 17”. I tried to make a home movie there but Sheldon said that I should probably be singing I am 30 pushing on 90, given my constitution – how rude!
And what is that saying again– people in glass gazebo’s should not throw stones?
Sheldon took off to get some still life photograph’s and I took the children to play in the gorgeous children’s play park in the Castle gardens. The girls swung delightedly on the zip lines and swing sets. Zoo-Rich as our GPS British babe would call it …
Last day at Zurich was spent on a trip to Grossmunster Kirsche followed inappropriately by gluttonous indulgence at Sprunglis!
Luxemburgerlis are luxurious mini burger shaped candy, sinfully delectable.
We bought box after box and gorged ourselves shamelessly! Picked up one box for my friends at work and Sprunglis top 10 for my sister who is a major macaroon-a-holic.
Sissy was going to meet us at the Atlanta airport as we were having an 8-hour layover on our return flight.
So there we were at Sprungli’s gorging ourselves, reminiscing about our trip, people- watching. Swiss bankers were scurrying by ….
On landing back at home in the US, my sis took us out for a fabulous vegetarian thali dinner at Atlanta during our layover. She just read my mind, she is my sister after all. Epilogue ...
I wrote this travelogue on the flight back and even now looking back and re-publishing this on travbuddy.com and now on travelblog.org what a joyous vacation it was!
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