Today was so much fun! We rented the hotels' Jeep and drove about 30 minutes out of Salzburg to St. Wolfganassee, the summer resort town located in the Lake District.
It was totally worth deviating from the usual in town sightseeing. The drive was beautiful and the lakes breathtaking. High season doesn't start until July when residents from nearby cities and countries come to their homes and flats for summer "holiday". It was nice to experience the area without the crowds. We rented an electric speedboat and drove around the lake, so that Frank could take pictures from a better vantage point. It was raining when we arrived, but by some luck, the sun peeked thru the clouds while we were on the water. Afterwards we had an enjoyable conversation with Gabrielle, the lady running the ski school and marina. She was raised in St. Wofganassee and was a champion extreme skier, who has spent time in both Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; small world.
On our drive out of the resort area, Kai spotted a putt putt golf course. So, YES, we stopped and Kai and Frank challenged one another to a game. The big winner was Daddy by 3 strokes; not bad considering Kai began the game with a hole in one! By then both Kai and Frank were hungry and we stopped, so they could try an Austrian hotdog!!It was huge and even I must admit, GOOD. Frank threatened to take a picture of me eating a hotdog and show my Stroller Strides moms!! Interestingly enough, the Red Bull headquarters is located just outside Salzburg near Lake Fuschlsee.It is a very architecturally stunning, glass building.
We enjoyed the use of the Jeep today and it was a great way to explore the surrounding area of Salzburg, but that wasn't quite enough adventure for one day; so immediately upon returning to the hotel, we traded the Jeep for bikes! Riding bikes in Austria is very tricky; between maneuvering among the other bikers, walkers and then throw in a car, or two it will definitely keep you on your toes!! We were able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time and see the last few sights we wanted to get in before departing for Vienna in the morning. We rode down towards the river, through the Mirabel Gardens and around the local streets of downtown. The Salzach (Salt) River has the most amazing current, even the tour boats have to keep a certain speed just to go against the water.
We have only been in Austria for two days, but I could see myself already enjoying this lifestyle and fitting right in. I love how the food is all organic and fresh and Kai and Frank can't pass up the desserts. The town is beautiful and picturesque, the people friendly and the shopping terrific. I swear the cows in Austria look like they should have a blue bow around their neck with a cow bell - just like Elsie on the Borden milk carton. Austria seems to have cows everywhere, but they look so much better then our cows at home! We were surprised by the amount of Italian restaurants in Salzburg and the many Asians residing here. We found the food to be excellent and the prices very reasonable. For our last night in Salzburg we went to Die Weisse; an Austrian beirgarten and had traditional Austrian fare. I had a beer and roasted pork with dumplings and cabbage salad and the boys had goulash and dumplings. Then we went back to the hotel were they had made fresh apple strudel for us on the house! The perfect way to end the first leg of our journey.