Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Magic Trip - First Leg to Salzburg

Well - It was a very long day.  But, the almost 11 hour flight from Salt Lake City to Paris went fairly smoothly as did the transfer and 2 hour subsequent flight to Munich.  AND - ALL our bags arrived with us!  A REALLY pleasant surprise awaited when we walked up to our car in the Hertz lot - we had a brand new Land Rover!!  (Although one asks for a 4-wheel drive, the usual assignment is some sort of hatchback/station wagon car, which does not fit a 'Gary' body very well.)  

Pleasant surprise...Rental car was, as requested an SUV.  It was also brand new.  What a treat!
So - we were off on our 2 hour drive to Salzburg and were very glad it was not a minute longer;-)  The drive went well and a very nice room awaited us at the Hotel Sacher Salzburg on the river.  All we could muster that night was strength to get us downstairs to a dinner and then crawl into bed.  But, the city of Salzburg was waiting for us in the morning as we did our 4 hour 'speed tour'.  It is a quaint little place getting ready for their New Year's celebration.  (Needless to say - another trip would be in order to actually go into the many sights below.)

This seems to be the Rodeo Drive of Salzburg

This area is called the Horse Pond-anyone up for a ride thru Salzburg??

Mozart Statue.  Salzburg was his birthplace.

The glockenspiel in the tower on the left played a nice rendition of Silent Night.  Their Fortress is on the hill and the Cathedral is on the right.

Lots of shops tucked away on the little side streets.
All the decorations were wonderful!!

It was a whirlwind tour of the city finished off by a breakfast/lunch at Cafe Tomaselli - Salzburg's place to see and be seen!!  Next up is our 4 hour drive to Vienna.

A report on our New Year's Waltz is up next - Much Love to All - Elizabeth & Gary

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