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Visit to Salzburg and the Lake District of Austria

Salzburg, Austria


We enjoyed a wonderful trip today thanks to our host Rotary club. They arranged for a large van and driver as well as 2 Rotarian guides to take us to the beautiful city of Salzburg which lies 1hour northeast of Schladming. We were then met by an English-speaking guide who took us on a walking tour of the Old City of Salzburg. The land was first inhabited by Celts 2,000 years ago, and the city; which was a Principality before WWII, was settled in 696.
The City used to be governed by Arch-Bishops and each one liked to put their own stamp on the city. Their favorite thing to do was to build churches and now there are 109 churches in this small city of 150,000 people. When you walk through the streets you hear bells ringing all of the time. This city is well-known in the US as the site of the movie and the tru-life story of the "Sound of Music". We were able to see the monastery (sp?) where Maria was training to become a nun, the graveyard where they hid behind the tombstones, the fountain where she sang about confidence, and the gardens of Mirabella where she danced with the children singing "Do-Re-Mi"! It was awesome! We saw the birthplace of Mozart as well. This is an exceptionally wonderful place to visit; especially if you love music.
One thing interesting about Salzburg, the name comes from the fact that this area has many salt mines (Salz = Salt) and Italy would trade with Salzburg long ago and as a result there is a lot of Italian influence in the style of the buildings and the design of the gardens and statues.
After our 3 hour tour we drove to an Alpine Lake for lunch. Gorgeous!!! There were swans swimming in front of us so, of course, I had to feed them!
We then drove to the medieval town of Hallstad, a town built into the mountain around the lake with winding street and steps and flowers and a beautiful lake.
I will try to add more photos and captions as soon as I can.
My love to all of my family and friends in Middleburgh. I wish you were here with me!
Kim


permalink written by  Dr_Kim on May 10, 2008 from Salzburg, Austria
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We are enjoying reading all of your messages. Keep up the good work - don't stop. We are learning so much by having this opportunity! We look forward to seeing your pictures (online or when you return). These are very interesting blogs.

What is a manual M.D.?
Someone heard a rumor that there is James Bond movie being filmed in Austria - have you heard that rumor? You haven't mentioned meals yet - What is a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Is the oil you purchased for cooking or medicine?


permalink written by  Middleburgh Elementary School on May 12, 2008


What is a manual M.D.?

A Manual MD is a Doctor who uses manipulation to treat problems of the spine; very similar to a chiropractor.

Someone heard a rumor that there is James Bond movie being filmed in Austria - have you heard that rumor?

Yes, I heard the same thing but, unfortunately, I did not see him!

You haven't mentioned meals yet - What is a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Typical breakfast is yogurt with granola, toast with cheese or jam, and juice. Brody and Rylie would say that this is normal for me.

Is the oil you purchased for cooking or medicine? It is used on salads. The oil cannot be used for cooking because the smoking point, the amount of heat needed to make the oil burn, is too low.

permalink written by  Dr_Kim on May 19, 2008


I forgot to mention lunch and dinner.

Lunch is an important meal and usually consists of a fresh salad or soup followed by a meal like schnitzel ( meat pounded flat and breaded and fried or spaetzel (macaroni and cheese warmed up with a frying pan and drizzled with the pumpkin oil.

Dinner is much like lunch, although most Austrians will eat very lightly at dinner time.



permalink written by  Dr_Kim on May 19, 2008

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