We returned to Vienna today, after learning something interesting about our hotel room at the Goldener Adler in Innsbruck. We did think it was a fabulous vantage point,(second floor, corner room) and evidently it was once used by Andreas Hofer, who in 1809 became the leader of the rebellion against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion. He spoke fromContinue reading “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu…”
We tried to make the most of our one full day in Innsbruck. While the Imperial Apartments were taking the month off, we were able to have some other notable sights all to ourselves.
This morning we traveled by train from Salzburg to Innsbruck, through some beautiful countryside where the forests were often covered with solid ice and snow, making the scene truly a winter wonderland.
A few things in Salzburg fit into that category today. Let’s start with Sound of Music iconography, featured here.
The highlight of our day was a trip to a farm near the Lake District outside Salzburg, where we had arranged to have a sleigh ride.
In preparation for this trip, we again watched The Sound of Music, and we put that research to good use today.
We have left sophisticated Vienna for the storybook town of Salzburg. After a lovely train ride, we arrived in a snowy city, with quite a different flavor.
We got a bit of a late start to the day, due to Saint Don having to first negotiate with a Viennese laundromat. But overcome all obstacles he did, and we set off for lunch and some touring.
We took a field trip today to Melk, famous for its Baroque early 18th century Benedictine abbey which towers over the town. The original abbey was founded in 1089 and a Benedictine rulebook two hundred years older than that is one of its many treasures.
What more appropriate way to start a Sunday here than to go to Mass at the Palace, which happens to feature the Vienna Boys’ Choir? The Imperial Chapel is tiny, but seating is available in several balconies that afford a view either of the altar or the choir loft. The whole thing is being filmed,Continue reading “A Viennese Sunday”