Back to base (and the shops and the cafes!)

Salzburg Travel Blog

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The bridge Maria and the children run across in Do-a-Deer!

We headed back into the city on the bus and dumped our purchases in the hotel. I'd spotted a shop selling Steiff teddies and animals when we were being driven to Mirabellplatz, and because I collect hard bodied Steiff bears, I wanted to pop round and see if there were any European bears I could get which I couldn’t' find at home. I didn't get any bears, but Mum bought Mark a little ginger Steiff cat, which she gave him for Christmas...it was HIS first Steiff, I think number 26 for our joint collection! We found a lovely little cafe run by an Austrian-American guy who talked to us for a while, and when he saw me reading the papers and realised we were from the UK, he went to the British Shop next door and bought me a copy of the Guardian! Bless! He made the most FANTASTIC Gluhwein, and served it with a sugar cube flambéed in kirsch on a spoon.

Trying to be artistic with a window in the hotel
..when the flame went out I stirred it into the mug of Gluhwein, and oh - it was fantastic! We both had homemade Apfel Strudel too. The guy was a total charmer, but very nice!

We headed back to the hotel to start packing, and I went out to take a top back to a great store called Schops (!) which had started to come apart at the seams! Unfortunately it was shut because it was Sunday, so I resolved to get back tomorrow before we left. It was at this point I realised getting all my stuff into my bag was going to be quite a problem...

Dinner on our last night was really rather spectacular...we went up to the Fortress and ate there. We were the only people in the restaurant apart from a large American tour group who were going on to a concert in the main building (Mum and Dad did this last time). The food was fabulous; my entree was monkfish wrapped in proscuito and was divine.

And so it was back to the Hotel Altstadt for the last night of our wonderful trip. I was definitely sad to be leaving.

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The bridge Maria and the children …
The bridge Maria and the children…
Trying to be artistic with a windo…
Trying to be artistic with a wind…
Pretty Christmas Decorations
Pretty Christmas Decorations
More pretty christmas flowers
More pretty christmas flowers
The ceiling at St Peters Cathedral
The ceiling at St Peter's Cathedral
This picture would have been so mu…
This picture would have been so m…
Candles at St Peters.
Candles at St Peter's.
A rather onion-esque spire
A rather onion-esque spire
Salzburg by night from the fort
Salzburg by night from the fort
Salzburg
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