> Austria (3) - Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and the Gardens

View of the Salzach River

Even the prestigous Hermes markets Mozart in Salzburg!

Pegasus Statue at the Mirabell Gardens

The famed shopping street Getreidegasse and Mozart's birthplace at No. 9

The Fountain Residenzbrunnen - created by Italian sculptor Tomasso di Garona circa 1660 and said to be the largest and most beautiful Baroque fountain outside of Italy

Memorial to Mozart ceremoniously unveiled in the presence of his two sons in 1842.

Austria is the land of Red Bull. You can buy it anywhere they sell water, truly, for less than the price of a coke (unlike the hefty price tag in US). The creator is apparently a local legend, a millionaire playboy with a taste for the good life. He is now buying up sports teams and apparently bought the soccer team which he is hoping to groom into a winning team in time for the European Champion's Cup to be held in Austria in two years. Interestingly, and somewhat egoistically, he forced the club to change its colors and become the red and blue Redbulls. I'm not sure which the fans want more, their team to win or him to fall on his face...

What a great picnicing backyard - wish they'd invite me for dinner!

This was the coolest house - see the little 5 foot door? It walks straight into the attic ....

... of a four floor house!

The Nonnberg Convent - girlhood home to Maria Von Trapp

View of the cathedral from the hill to the fortress

View from the ramparts of the Hohensalzburg Fortress

The hills are alive...

with the sound of music.

Hohensalzburg Fortress from the inside.

Ready. Set. Fire.

It was just like a small town inside the Fortress walls.


What are YOU looking at?

I love chess parks!


View of the Fortress in the setting sun.

Cool statue... There were several beautiful paintings of horses on the walls surrounding this fountain.

I saw this baby in Paris once - boy would I love to drive it!

See what I mean about looking like a crown jewel rising above the city?!

Mirabell Gardens

Amazing sunset...


The coffee house where Karin and I enjoyed our reprieve from the rain - Starbucks European style!


Karin and I at 6:00 in the morning!! She was such a great host and a wonderful lady to meet.