Doesn't my mom look comfy in her backpack? She said it really helped with her posture:)
We were staying at the Crowne Plaza which was a short walk from the train station. I was thinking - hells yeah - Crowne Plaza! Plush - right? Well yes plush, but.......when we got to our rooms we found out that the air was broken (this was even worse b/c we had just gotten off that hellish train)! We got maintenance and the guy who came to our room said "This happens on the 5th floor sometimes". They tried fixing it for a while, but said it wouldn't happen because it was Sunday and every one was off. Okay - then can we get another room? On the phone the front office said yes, but when we got down there they told us they were fully booked. Then we said "But you just told us we could." So then they told us it wouldn't matter where we stayed b/c "It's too cold outside for the air to work." WHAT?! "Yes, when the outside temperature gets below 80 degrees the air doesn't work in the whole hotel" Well my Dad wasn't buying into that crap and said he wanted a new room anyway. And guess what? The new room had air! Go figure! I guess they just didn't want to move us....hmm! Of course, Nathan and I stayed in our unairconditioned room b/c we are used to that but at least the parents were comfy!:) Now on with the trip!:)
Nathan rocking the marionettes!
The guys enjoyed the Rainermuseum, a military museum displaying armor, swords, and other war type stuff and the Burgmuseum (fortress museum) displaying weapons used in revolts and a collection of medieval torture devices.
Chastity Belt -yikes!
Salzburger Nockerl - straight sugar! Mmmmmm!
Start of the Sound of Music Tour - Mirabelle Gardens
The little gnome Nathan is with was in the movie - he is the one sticking out his tongue. We didn't remember this in the movie but we loved the little guys!
Gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace.... I am sixteen going on seventeen:)
Church on Mondsee where Maria and Mr. von Trapp got marriedAfter the tour we spent the rest of the day walking around the Altstadt and ended up at a very cool cafe restaurant - which of course I can't remember the name of now - but the most important part about it was that while we were sitting there drinking beer and having a great lunch my mom and I wanted to find a Trollbead Store in Salzburg. (For those of you who don't know - we sell Trollbeads at Swagger. They are bracelets that you fill up with collectible gold, sterling silver and/or glass beads. We are completly addicted and wanted to find some cool "one of a kind beads" in Europe. They started in Denmark and Europe has the best selection of one of a kind beads!) Anyway, I digress. So as I was trying to find stores (in German mind you) on the Austrian Trollbeads Website and then possibly trying to map them - I was about to give up when Nathan goes "Hey isn't that the name of one of the stores?" Holy Crap! The largest Trollbeads Distributor in Salzburg was actually right behind us! Yeah! They had a beautiful selection and we bought way too many:) I know some of you guys are also collectors so if you are ever in Salzburg head over to Perlenwelt.
Nubby! ..... Yes we are sick:)
So even with all the little "issues" we had a wonderful time in Salzburg - Next up Vienna! Coming VERY soon.... love ya, Mandy
p.s. - we are watching the Sound of Music right now! It is so cool to pick out all the places we went!:) Doe, a deer. A female deer....... :)