Alright! Part three of the great Christmas-Break-Euro-Roadtrip-Vacation! I think where we left of last time, we had just arrived in Salzburg after Switzerland!
We had arrived on New years eve to the perfect sized apartment about 10 minutes from the main city of Salzburg it self. The nice lady who gave us our key and showed us around also warned us in her broken english that at midnight there would be loud booms and lots of fireworks.. And that night, fireworks and explosions painted every inch of the horizon for some time!
The next day, momma and Katlyn took a rest day at the apartment while Pappa and I went to a local ski hill for some snow! As you may remember from the previous post, it had snowed continuously from about dec 26th through the 30th, so the slopes were great!
Pappa and I had a fun day skiing, we even had lunch in one of the huts up on the hill. One thing we noticed about this hill was the completely different vibe it had, compared to our christmas eve ski experience in Kitzbuhl. It seemed like a much smaller hill, and more of a community operation, rather than a commercial enterprise. Another thing that we experienced was the seemingly constant stream of people touring up the hill (putting skins on the bottom of your skis and hiking up using a special binding that allows the heel to lift), skipping the lift. I have seen people do this other places in Austria and in the States, I even do it myself, but never this many people! We figured it probably had something to do with it being a holiday (Austrians are very serious about shutting down everything and taking holidays off), and the fact that the snow was so new and fresh.
On the was back after skiing, we stopped so I could get this shot:
Next, we woke up bright and early (like 8am, ha, vacation) and headed into salzburg for the Sound of Music tour that we booked.
After we checked in, we had a few minutes to kill so I showed the fam the Mirrabel Gardens, where all of the "Do-Re-Me" song was filmed. It looked a bit different with the snow:
The tour was very fun. We had an excellent tour guide, who stood in the front of the coach bus for the whole tour, telling us facts about The Sound of Music, Salzburg the city, and ha even through a few jokes in there too.
I didn't take pictures of every single thing we stopped at or drove by but here are a few.
This is the lake and backyard that was used in the movie:
And the famous gazebo, Katlyn and Mom posing:
And the cuties, Momma and Pappa:
Here is a great view we stopped at, we went back later this week to explore this town of St. Gilgen:
Here is Church used for the wedding scene:
And the inside:
A beautiful day outside:
Austrians love The holidays:
Our tour bus:
After the tour, and apple strudel with warm vanilla sauce, we went on a walk/hike in salzburg. This is a great view of Salzburg, and one of my many favorite hikes within Salzburg:
The next day, hoping to beat the nasty weather that was expected that evening, drove up the winding road that goes to the top of the Gaisberg for a beautiful view of the Austrian and German Alps:
The Gaisberg is a 1200some meter mountain that has been a hiking destination for me on a few occasions because it is within walking distance of Salzburg.
My mom really was interested in seeing and hearing about crosses on virtually all mountain peaks in the catholic areas of europe:
Dad flashes his Ellie TShirt on the top:
After the Gaisberg, we headed to the Hohensalzburg Fortess, the one that you see in so many Salzburg city-scape photos (go ahead, scroll up and see if you can spot it in any photos, also, my instagram has more):
We took the little tram train that shuttles up from the city level to the fortress, and spent the afternoon walking around the little museums and buildings.
The Fortress has a history over 1000 years back and is still used as a museum and even housing for people.
Austria, in fact, pays artists to live in apartments in the fortress and produce art!
Lots of cool artifacts:
A cabinet made of gun parts:
We also checked out the Salzburg Dom (Cathedral), it is absolutely huge and has 5 organs.. pretty impressive.
The next day we ventured out for a little day of more local explorations in the (suburb) lake districts of Salzburg. The first stop was a waterfall and mills dating back over 300 years:
It was a nice day for a short hike.
Then we headed into the town of St. Gilgen:
St. Gilgen is in the Salzburg Lake District, which is a beautiful part of Salzburg Alps that is scattered with mountains, lakes and little villages.
That night, we went out for authentic Austrian food with Heidi and her parents that night before the last full day with my family in Salzburg.
On the Last day in salzburg and of my portion of the Christmas-Break-Euro-Roadtrip-Vacation, we walked around the old-town area of salzburg. Here we are crossing a walking bridge used in the movie, yep, you guessed it, the Sound of Music!
We had lunch at the local Crêpe stand (for the fourth or fifth time) and Katlyn was reunited with the Swiss cider she had became fond of when she studied abroad:
We walked up the Kapuzinerberg:
And enjoyed searching the tourist shops for a sound of music deck of playing cards with no luck:
And finished the night playing cards at the apartment, and watching one of the Pink Pather movies (again).
The next morning, we packed up and headed to the Center, where I am going to school.
I am so happy that these three buggers flew all the way over here to visit me and experience Europe together. (It was my moms first time over seas!)
I really cannot state how lucky and fortunate I am to be where I am, and I cannot express my thanks and gratitude to my Parents who support me so much!
It was a great Christmas-Break-Euro-Roadtrip-Vacation, my parents and katlyn made their way back to Amsterdam over the next two days and safely flew home to Minnesota.
I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas-Break-Euro-Roadtrip-Vacation. My mom, Dad, Katlyn, angel Ellie and for a little bit, Heidi are such a fun family to spend this adventure with!