|The Mirabell gardens are so lovely. That's the Fortress up above.|
We woke up to a beautiful morning in Salzburg after a good night's sleep. The Hotel Mercure had a fabulous buffet breakfast which we ate out on the terrace. It was modern, elegant and air conditioned too - something Scott and I would never have booked on our own, but were very glad to enjoy it as the weather was record breaking during our stay. Then it was off to explore the city by foot ourselves before our scheduled tour. The garden park at Mirabell was outstanding with sunny and shady walks and lovely fountains. The gardens stretch along the same river as we had seen yesterday - both it and the city named for the salt that made their fortunes. It was mined by the Celts as early as the 5th Century BC and later became a Roman town in 15 BC "Juvavum". Saint Rupert became bishop here in 700 A.D. He named the city and built it up.
|The Pegasus Fountain - "DoReMe" in Sound of Music number|
|The day was already getting hot so these shaded walks were great.|
|The Hohensalzburg Fortress over the Salzach River|
Scott and I had time for a beer at a cafe before meeting everyone for dinner at the oldest restaurant in Europe, Siftskeller St. Peter. The ancient building and rooms didn't prepare us for the very gourmet and modern cuisine, topped with the individual beautifully arranged symphony of strawberry desserts. Afterwards Scott and I separated; he back to the hotel, exhausted and me, to the concert high in the Fortress. This was one of the highlights of the trip for me. A funicular carried us up to the hill top and then it was endless stairs and terraces to the top, amazing views in every direction. The concert hall was ancient and open windows allowed us to watch the changing light on the city. And the program and musicians were wonderful - so lively that not one exhausted member of our group had nodding heads. And then, the trip down in the moonlight with the dramatically lighted city was magical.
Neither Scott or I had enough sleep that night. We still had not adjusted to the time change. But the bed and room was very comfortable - we got some rest.
|The stores were filled with interesting crafts|
|The courtyard on the side of the Cathedral|
|The main shopping street, Getreidegasse|
|Another funicular leads up to the Art Museum|
|The Chorus head to the Cathedral front|
|The Rutland Area Chorus|
|Rip Jackson, our conductor (Scott far right)|
|Three soloists with Rip on the organ|
|The staircase in Sound of Music for the escape (fictional)|
|Our Restaurant is in the corner here|
|The courtyard of the Siftskeller St. Peter restaurant|
|The view from the Funicular going up to the Fortress|
|The wall and view away from the city|
|Going up the outside stairs to the Concert Hall|
|View of the city and the Cathedral below center|
|The concert stage - with ancient pillars and ceiling.|
|We couldn't resist this sign - Sean worked for Fair Share in the U.S.|