We made it back to Salzburg much later than we had planned after our ice cave excursion. After checking into our new hotel we took another walk through the Mirabel gardens to the old town across the river and our meeting spot at the base of the fortress. We snapped a few pictures of the love padlocks on the bridge across the river, disappointed that we hadn't come prepared to attach a padlock of our own.
After meeting everyone else and much wandering in search of the right restaurant we settled on a little out-of-the-way Russian/Greek cafe. We bundled a rather sick Jon in the blankets that are on each outdoor chair for when it gets chilly.
Ben took a video of the apparently ineffective automatic self-washing/revolving toilet seat in the cafe's bathroom.
We toasted to Nick's birthday and went in search of a place for dessert and more drinks while taking turns sipping some cantaloupe liqueur that nick had acquired.
As it turns out, our part of Salzburg wasn't exactly what you'd call a late night town. After even more wandering (and some hill climbing) we found ourselves dessert-less, exhausted and grumpy.
On our way back across the river we took a peek inside the Salzburg Cathedral. It was lit with hundreds of candles, many of them coming from the candle-lit labyrinth set up in the front. Hundreds of people wandered around quietly, taking in the music, the soaring architecture and elaborate baroque beauty of the place, lighting even more candles and offering prayers. It was spell-binding and I was reluctant to leave and break the spell.
Back outside in the chilly night, we found a cafe still serving dessert and tucked into some Auatrian and Italian treats (and some schnapps, to take the edge off and to warm Jon from the chill).
We all said goodbye that night since we all were headed separate ways on Saturday. Andy and I to we weren't sure where; Nick to Amsterdam; and the rest of the family back to the states.