Sunrise in Salzburg
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Well I said wanted to get up early, I meant a reasonable early. I managed to wake up at 6:00. I forced myself to stay in bed and tried to go back to sleep. It was impossible. My mind had gone to work and it was not going to stop. I had some work issue on my mind. So at 6:30 I got up and dealt with work. I also snapped a couple of shot form the hotel window. After finishing work and checking my persona l email and feeding my addition to an online game called Mafia wars, I showered and headed to breakfast. It was tasty and I made sure I was good and full for the morning ahead.
I started out down the Linzer Grasse.
From there I was taking a picture of a crest over an archway at Linzer Grasse 14 when I noticed an alcove with a scene set with statues.
I decided the alternate route down the hill was a good idea. First of all it was new territory and second I was wearing dress shows and going downhill wasn’t bright for me. The alternate route had stairs. On the way down there was an arrow point to St Johannes.
I continued my journey down the hill and to the
Anyway, I started to wonder down Geteidegasse gawking at signs. It was a good thing I started early because later in the day the street was wall-to-wall people. At that time I was able to really just relax and “wandel” as the Dutch say. On the way a found a McDonald’s sign that would be welcome anywhere and overcome objections to them. At the end of the street sits St Blasius Kirche. It is framed by the buildings at the end and has elements of the old fortifications looming above.
I rounded the end of the street and went back towards Unieritatplaz. The weekend market was in progress. It was good time to be there as the local people were out shopping and the tourist crowd hadn’t made it out yet. I know, I am a tourist, but that doesn’t mean I have to like being around others. The produce looked very fresh and actually made some terrific compositions for photos. The flowers were nice and there were lots of Salzburg Palmbushen. I asked a guy who was making them about them. Palmbuschen (bunches of holly leaves, pussy-willows, cedar twigs, etc. strung on poles) are just as much a part of Easter in
There were also lots of Easter eggs. The traditional Austrian painted ones and boiled ones that were colored. People were out buying them. One lady was giving each one she chose a careful one over and comparison to others. When I was a kid the fun was coloring them ourselves. There was the one year that PAS came out with the misguided egg sleeves. You slide one over a boiled egg and then dipped it in hot water. The sleeve shrank to conform to the egg. It allowed cool pictures, but ruined the effect for egg fights and eating them.
I continued to work my way to the Hohensalzburg (The Fortress).
Leaving the Dom I headed across Kapitel Platz and managed to get a couple of shots of me with the timer. It is a challenge, but sometimes I find just the right spot. After that it was up to Hohensalzburg (The Fortress). And I do mean up. There is a funicular, but I decided that walking up was more authentic and better exercise. The path was STEEP and just kept going. Now I understand the sign at the funicular: 100m normal, 10m funicular. What it didn’t say is it helps to be part mountain goat to go the normal way. The hike up was well worth the view. I went through the museum and stateroom. I saw some interesting torture devices.
Based on the dress shoe issue and the time I decided the funicular was the best idea to get down. It turns out they include the trip down in the cost of the entrance fee. I guess it is the normal thing to do.
During the tour I found out the Hohensalzburg funicular is actually the oldest railroad in the world and the oldest railroad still in use.
Once at the bottom I headed to the hotel for my stuff. A quick walk to the station and bite of food and I was on the train to