So today the general plan is to make the most of the bad weather and see Salzburg
. We started the day with a fantastic breakfast at the hotel and then made a game plan for the day. Jackie decided she wanted to go shopping (and meet-up with the guy we met the previous day). This worked out well and Amber, Angela and I headed off into Old Town. The weather was cool and damp, but not raining so the walk was nice. During our walk we discovered some fantastic news. Amber speaks German - yippee! Actually, I had found this out the previous day, but during our walk as we stopped into stores I discovered that she spoke German well. She would disagree, but to me she was damn near fluent.
Amber outside of the Christmas ornament store
We wandered around Getreidegasse (the street with all the ornate wrought iron signs. We actually just lost ourselves in this whole area enjoying the quaintness. There was this one particular Christmas ornament store that was particularly enchanting. It had all these gorgeous handmade Christmas egg ornaments. Had they not been so fragile I would have bought some. For some reason walking around Salzburg felt a bit like stepping back into the past. I can't really explain why, but it definitely has the feeling of being in the past. Also, one benefit to the bad weather is that I think it kept some of the crowds at bay. Don't get me wrong, it was still crowded, but it was at least walkable. At some point we realized we were in front of Mozart's birth home and we stopped and took pictures.
We then decided to make our way up to the fortress. We took the funicular up, and had an altercation with a man in line about letting him through the line, rather than him wait five seconds for me to get my change and move on. The argument left me a little skittish as we made our way up, but I forgot all about it by the time we got to the top and discovered a medieval festival going on. There were games and dancing and people were all dressed up. It was a grand time. Also, no one had apparently seen black people before because people could not stop staring and pointing. That was a bit uncomfortable, but I enjoyed myself anyway. I felt very fortunate that we were able to stumble upon this festival, because it really fit into the feeling of Salzburg being from the past.
We walked around leisurely enjoying ourselves, purchasing souvenirs and taking pictures. The views from the Fortress were breathtaking. The landscape was lush and green and the buildings and scenery appeared to be from a storybook. We then made our way back down the hill. We looked around an expensive amber store before heading back into the streets when it promptly began raining. We trudged in the rain for a bit before finally ducking into a little cafe for respite. We got hot drinks and desserts and attempted to thaw from the cold numbing rain. We lingered long after we were done not wanting to leave the warmth. However, Mirabell Gardens was waiting so we headed back out. Luckily, the rain had stopped, but it was still damp and chilly.
We made our way along the street until we came to the Gardens. Amber was really excited to reenact some scenes from The Sound of Music...which she did much to our amusement (and also to the amusement of those looking on. The gardens were bright and vibrant and we spent a good amount of time here before finally trudging back to our hotel. Back at the hotel we met up with Jackie and compared days. She had a good time shopping and sight seeing and having lunch with her new friend. For dinner, we actually went to the same place she had gone for lunch. It was some yummy shawarma and fries which hit the spot for only 4 euro. The evening was cold and wet and we spent it inside the hotel having debates about things like cosmetic surgery and the laws of attractiveness. Odd as it seems, it was an enjoyable evening recuperating from a long cold, wet day.