Slovenia and Saltzburz side trips
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Monday and Tuesday were devoted to sight seeing around the area. Monday, Peter took Steph's brother Mike, his wife Debbie, his mom Jean and myself on a tour of the Slovenian mountains.
They were breathtaking. Lots of hairpin turns and incredible views. We saw cows grazing in tiny steep pastures wearing giant cowbells. We had lunch at a chalet style restaurant and had traditional food, which was a dense ground pork patty.
One of the rivers flowed through a valley containing a lot of calcium that turned the water a beautiful Caribbean azure blue.
The area was very lightly populated. I'll bet the winters up there are harsh. Peter told us of the atrocities that occurred in the area, especially around the first world war. We saw some stone fortresses and bunkers from both world wars.
In one tiny village we saw two para-gliders land on the town green. That was cool watching them soar in the sky with the magnificent mountains behind them.
Yesterday, Steph, Mike and I went to Salzburg, Austria. It's a two hour drive from Velden. Of course it was an amazing city, the birthplace of Mozart. We toured a castle on the hill and had another traditional Austrian lunch. Mine was made of small dumplings that were then fried in a skillet with melted cheese, very delicious.
The ride home was uneventful and when we arrived back at Mike's mom's house in Velden, she had done my laundry for me. I was so very grateful, as yesterday was the last day I had clean underwear!
And so today, I'm heading to Prague. I have to change trains in Vienna. I'll let you know how that turned out in the next installment.