When we planned our Europe trip, we each got to choose one city to be fit into our itinerary. As you know, I chose Berlin. Ji, who had been to Switzerland before, chose the same place again; while W wanted to visit her brother. The last member of the family, a seasoned traveler, picked Austria. Unfortunately, at the last minute, she couldn’t make it, leaving the rest of us “stuck” with Austria, both Salzburg and Vienna.
I had a plan for Vienna, something related to eating a cake; while Salzburg, I went without expectations. And once again, I am so glad I got to see it. To quote Sir Richard Francis Burton:
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^^ The view from our apartment. It felt like something out of a fairy tale. A tower (okay, it’s an AirBnB, but let’s imagine for a second) overlooking the castle. Either to day dream about the price, or because of being locked by the evil queen (still imagining).
The view from Hohensalzburg Castle. My first castle ever! I got to tick one more point from my bucket list. Will write more about it sometime.
The musical genius, Mozart, was born and brought up in Salzburg. His house is also located in the old town, but we didn’t go inside, instead we went to Cafe Tomaselli, which was frequented by Mozart himself during his days. We ordered coffee, cake and wine.
It was kept in the old fashioned ways; there was a lady who brought a tray of cakes for us to choose and pay on the spot, which was separated from paying for the rest of the things we had at the end of the meal; to the walking cashier with readily prepared bills for change in the long wallet he carried. We sat there for quite sometime, soaking up the vintage atmosphere of the place. It was nice, reminded me of La Closerie de Lilas in Paris.
You can find any Mozart related souvenir in Salzburg. From the complete collection of his composition to Mozart rubber duck, but the most famous must be MozartKugel. It’s a confection made of pistachio, nougat and dark chocolate, originally created over a century ago adapting the name of the great composer.
I have a confession to make, I haven’t watched The Sound of Music. I tried to, even after we came back from Europe, but I just, can’t take it. Wait, please don’t hate me for that. I am not heartless. It’s just musical always bores me.
When people got excited about the Mirabell (picture above), as the garden where the kids were singing in the movie, or about the Von Trapp house (picture below), I was like “wow, pretty garden” and “wow, green lake”, but that’s it. I didn’t break into a song every 10 minutes as the tour guide and half of the people I shared the bus with did.
Every corner and landscape of Salzburg offer you something to marvel at. The pier was empty that day. Maybe due to the chilly weather, but it was still romantic. I guess that’s why Oneika spent her rainy honeymoon days there.
Link up: Travel Tuesday.