The picture says it all.
After checking in at the brand new hostel (hotel) Meininger last night here in Salzburg, we made the trek out to Halstatt - a tiny salt mining community that you can reach from the train only by boat. A UNESCO world heritage site, this place is a post card no matter what direction you look. Though the ski gondola wasn't running on this particular day (it opens May 14th), we were able to take a tram from the sleepy little town nestled in the Alps half way up one of the smaller mountains to the former location of the salt mine that operates there. Though we didn't tour the salt mine, we got some fantastic pictures of the surrounding Alps and the Halstatt lake. Jill wants to give a big thanks to Mike for the recommendation to go there. We both thoroughly enjoyed it!
It's been difficult to post pictures, as they're fairly high res, and uploading on free Wi-Fi has proven challenging at times. They will all make it up sooner or later though!
We chanced to book this hotel/hostel on the night of its official grand opening. Though we're sorely under dressed, one of the staff - Sina - has taken us under her wing and made us feel part of the festivities. Even grabbing us each a drink from the bar :-)
We finished the day off coming back into town and wandering around, taking in the various sights that one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have enjoyed growing up. Though we were too late to actually get into the museums, just seeing the places he lived growing up was something else. As someone who had a fairly close relationship with him throughout my own formative years, it's really neat being in the same place where he composed his earliest works. Who knows, maybe I'll get the itch to write my own masterpiece when I get back... :-)
Tomorrow is the Sound of Music tour, which we've both been looking forward to for sometime. Yep, we're huge geeks. Then off to Vienna.
An hour has passed since I wrote that, and in the mean time, our new friend Sina handed me a guitar and I've been playing jukebox. If you know how good my guitar skills are (read aren't), then you'd think this would have gone horribly. Fortunately, Jill was singing my praises the whole time, and I might even have a small fan club in Germany if I ever come back :-) (In Germany because Sina is from Berlin)
With laundry nearing done, though it's time to wrap this up and get to bed. I suppose after all this singing, we really will see if the hills are alive tomorrow!