If Mozart had written the soundtrack to the Sound of Music, the Austrian city of Salzburg would be double in size just to accommodate the souvenir shops, tour buses, themed restaurants, umbrella wielding tour guides, throngs of tourists, street performers, and costume shops (yes, you can dress like a composer or a Von Trapp).
|Mozart meets the Sound of Music!|
|I wonder if anybody buys these for how they taste as opposed to the packaging. Yuk!|
|If you don't need a rubber duck you can buy a squeezy stress ball Mozart.|
Most of the time, however, we were glued to the windows! The journey to Salzburg trumped any Sound of Music Tour. Miles and miles of countryside filled with vineyards, quaint Tyrolean villages and glacier covered peaks whizzed by under sunny skies. Our ride on Austria's OBB line was smooth and efficient, and the train itself was modern and very comfortable (we had a compartment for 6 to ourselves). The complete opposite of our Italian train adventure the day before.
|The view from our train window as we head toward the mountains.|
|There is so much to see and do at the train station you could spend a day there and not go anywhere!|
|Fresh off the train and ready for a mile walk to our Airbnb.|
|Abraham and Eva, owners of the Mexican restaurant right below our apartment.|
|The bathroom ceiling carved from solid rock.|
|Michael washing dishes in a sink the size of a salad bowl.|
|Lucky numbers 8 and 9 at the Green&Clean.|
|We actually enjoyed feeling right at home in Starbucks for couple of hours.|
|We had rain most of the week but it didn't stop us or any other tourists from having a great time!|
|Despite the crowds there were plenty of restful corners of the city to enjoy|
|An example of what Late Night of Churches could look like. This was a youth event at the Cathedral.|
|Just one of dozens of concerts available for free at the Mozart Universitat|
Not only did we enjoy Ferdinand's performance along with two young girls playing violin and cello, we attended two fabulous opera concerts, and three more string performances all by students ranging from 16 to 25 from all over corners of the world.
|A talent scout spotted in the audience.|
|Great interactive art in the city center. Kids and adults alike loved racing the balls down the stream.|
Thanks for following along,
Debbie and Michael
The Senior Nomads