The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music (And Mozart)

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Found the castle! (Kind of hard to miss)

Sun shining through the wondows greeted me this morning as I got ready to set out for the day, already humming the Sound of Music soundtrack to myself. With a promise that Dylan would be home at 9 to give me a key so I could come and go, Natalie left for work. I was pleasantly surprised when Dylan came strolling in and asked me if I was hungry. Starving, might be a better word to describe the feeling at the moment, and we had a great breakfast of croissants, Greek yogurt, cheese, and eggs. We chatted more about our lives, hopes, and dreams (he's off to England soon to get his PhD in history, planning on doing his thesis on propaganda; really interesting I think), then I was off to explore the city.

After seeing the beautiful gardens at the palace, I was off to find the castle.

There's a finicular to take you up the hill to it, but I decided to head past the modern art museum and make my way along the ridge, which ended up being really cool. Along the way you can see old churches and the old city wall. The Austrians were very strategic in building their fortress here, and it is to this day the most preserved mideival castle in Europe. One thing that Salzburg is really good at I've noticed, is catering to tourists. In several languages, including English, many historical sights are explained next to diagrams, which I absolutely love when traveling. I feel that after a while, a castle can just be a castle if you see enough of them, but having historical importance that I can understand makes the experience so much more worth it to me. The view from the ridge up here is spectacular as well.
I'm having thiiisss much fun!

Satisfied that I had made it to the castle, I made my way down the hill to Chapter Square, where many of the important churches are. The sight I'd seen from the hill was just as beautiful from the ground, and I was impressed by the intricate paintings inside the churches. One thing that is really unique about Salzburg, is the Salzburg Art Project of 2008. Several artists were commissioned to do modern art around the city, even in religious places. For example, in one of the churches, you can go down into the crypt and see little metal cutouts shaped like birds, ghosts, etc., (though most of them looked like little crazy demons to me), with candels in front of them to put shadows on the walls. The acoustics of the crypt accentuate the ticking of a clock, that is supposed to remind viewers of the reality of the passing of time.

That looks dangerous...
Another piece of art is just outside in Chapter Square, and is of a 'larger than life,' expressionless man standing on top of a giant golden sphere. According to the artist, he is meant to be expressionless to make interpretation up to the viewer.

Walking around, I also got to see where Mozart's family is buried, as well as where Mozart lived for several years, which was pretty cool. After finding another adaptor (I'd left mine in Interlaken), I headed to the beadshop, but decided against it after realizing that there was nowhere to actually make a necklace at the store, then headed off to Murphy's Law instead, enjoying a few drinks with the girls I'd met there the night before. Walking back along the river, I kept thinking that I'd passed the house, and was incredible relieved to finally find it. Another successful day, and it was off to Vienna in the morning!

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Found the castle! (Kind of hard to…
Found the castle! (Kind of hard t…
Im having thiiisss much fun!
I'm having thiiisss much fun!
That looks dangerous...
That looks dangerous...
Love the sunset silhouettes!
Love the sunset silhouettes!
Cute.
Cute.
Creepy, but cool.
Creepy, but cool.
Salzburg
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