This morning it was time to get up early as we, M ,the welshman and I, had to get to the train station in St Valentin to catch the fast train to Salzburg. We got on the train and travelled at up to 200kms an hour to arrive in Salzburg. The train was very comfortable, toilets, coffee cart with drinks and snacks. It was an enjoyable trip through countryside and any fears of high speed were allayed by the smooth ride! ( i must say that going to the bathroom on a train travelling this speed was a little intimidating. However, it all went well no accidents to report lol )
From the minute we got off the train my brain was in overload. The river Salzach has many bridges and is really picturesque. We strolled along crossing finally to enter the old city.
Then round a corner we enter a plaza filled with hammocks, bean bags and chairs and tables. There are bookcases filled with books and a couple of food merchants. A space in the city designed for you to grab a good book, a comfy seat and chill awhile and read. How good is that!
Next stop was the Dom zu Salzburg. The cities Cathedral has 3 dates on the entrance. 774AD when the Abbott and Bishop Virgil came from Ireland to consecrate it. 1628 the old building was demolished after a fire and the new was consecrated by Archbishop Paris Lodron. 1959 an erial bomb destroyed the dome October 16, 1944 and rebuildin occurred during the difficult post war period with the cathedral finally reopened May 1 1959.
This is a building of exquite workmanship with beautiful paintings many depicting the passion of Christ.
By now we were all a bit hungry so it was time to catch up for lunch with a lovely frien of M’s and eat Japanese in Salzburg. It was really lovely and our multicultural group made for some laughs as well. Feeling blessed.
After lunch we moved through to streets toward the castle. Enroute we stopped to gaze upon the baubles of the Christmas shop. As many of you know i am crazy about Christmas but coontrary to public belief i managed to leave without purchase ( mind you i did get some awesome ideas for craft projects!! Lol)
After a fabulous ride up the cliff face in the funicular it was time to wander in the castle itself. This is a mammoth building that has a long history of refortification that not only is indicative of its history but also of the changing tide of politics in the region. Napolean once stood here among others!
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is impressive in its own right as you will see. Be it the structure itself or the views of beautiful Salzburg it is breathtaking.
By the time we left the Fortress it was time to find a chair and eat dinner. My feet were grateful for the rest (as were all our feet!! Thank goodness for Austrian ice cream, with it you can do anything lol)
Then it was time for one last walk back to the train station for our Mach 1 ride back ti St Valentin where ther car was waiting. By the time we got home tea on the balcony was the last order of the day. We have laughed a lot since i arrived here, shared stories and deep conversations. Tomorrow the lovely welshman will head back to Wales. I feel honoured to have made a friend in him, and am overjoyed at the smile he puts on the face and heart of my friend M. Feelin blessed and footsore but very happy.
Peace and light xxx