Salzburg, Austria: Mozart and The Sound of Music
In the United States, Salzburg is famous for Mozart and The Sound of Music. Walking in the footsteps of Wolfgang or Julie Andrews has mass appeal. My spouse had never seen The Sound of Music and we watched it together on my iPad an hour after we did our city tour of Salzburg. What a thrill to see the film after having just visited so many scenes from the film! I was also surprised to learn that many Europeans do not know the film and had never even heard of many of the songs!
The images below are taken from our visit to the medieval city. These include a visit to Mirabel Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart's Birthplace and a fabulous Christmas store teeming with hand-painted Christmas eggs.
When it Rains in Vienna
My father used to tell me, "when life give you lemons, make lemonade." In Vienna, when the city gives you rain, I let my imagination soar by transforming gloomy vacation photos into stormy pieces of art.
The day in Vienna began at Schönbrunn Palace, a 1,441-room Baroque palace and one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. Photography was not allowed inside the palace so my focus was on the exterior gardens, statues and architecture of this popular tourist attraction. In spite off the rain I was able to capture some ethereal images of the Palace.
Hofburg Palace & Stephanzplatz
Hofburg Palace is the former imperial palace in the centre of Vienna. Built in the 13th century, the palace has housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including monarchs of the Habsburg dynasty, the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was the principal imperial winter residence of the Austrian royal family, as Schönbrunn Palace was their summer residence.
In the heart of Vienna lies Stephansplatz, named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world. Today Stephenzplatz is a lively shopping district.
Durnstein & Melk Abbey
Durnstein and Melk, Austria
Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube river in Lower Austria. It is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the region and also a well-known wine growing area. The village dates back as far as 1192 when, in the castle above the town, King Richard I of England was held captive by Leopold V, Duke of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade.
Melk Abbey is a Benedictine abbey founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. In the 15th century the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.