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If it’s Saturday it Must Be Austria

semi-overcast 13 °C

We started the week in Switzerland and passed through Austria enroute to Munich in Germany. We then stayed in Bavaria, just a five minute stroll across this typical Tyrolean landscape back into Austria…
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Mid-week we took a short train ride to the Austrian city of Innsbruck and viewed its impressive 16th and 17th century architecture…
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Christmas is coming and Innsbruck, like many European cities, is getting spruced up for its ChristkindlMarkt.
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The streets are being decorated with grotesque effigies denoting historic figures, (the one on the right is James)...
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Many of Innsbruck’s buildings have murals that date to a time when knights in armour jousted on horseback and this part of Europe was under threat from the Ottoman Empire in the east. This is an original 1566 mural in one of the narrow lanes within the old city walls…
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Innsbruck has a number of ancient colonnaded shopping streets which have changed little in five centuries – although most of the goods in the stores would be largely unrecognisable by the knights and their ladies who strolled here in the middle ages…
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The landscape of Europe has been shaped by wars since the days of early civilizations and many of the great fortresses and walled cities of the medieval period still stand today. This is the 16th century city hall and clock tower...
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But, since the formation of the European Union, the fences and border posts have disappeared entirely and we are now back in Austria for the fourth time in a week without once showing a passport. This time we are in Salzburg for a Mozart concert in the city’s ancient fortress. But trans-European travel wasn’t always this easy and it is difficult to comprehend that a mere 70 years ago foreigners like us were being shot by the parents and grandparents of the many wonderful people who have welcomed us so warmly and treated us so well.

Posted by Hawkson 01:26 Archived in Austria

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Looks like I am the first at 2:15am. I woke up thirsty and made some cocoa and now I am going back to my warm bed. I love getting your stories. Will you be home for Christmas. It's finally cold and frosty here. love Jean

by Jean McLaren

More wonderful sights and sounds. The holidays are a coming everywhere. Pressure is on. Looking forward to more of your travels. Keep warm and healthy.
Sue

by Sue Fitzwilson

A Mozart concert in Saltzburg! Deep envy, but attended a Gabriola Chamber Ensemble concert last night (Mozart Requiem selection included)so maybe not so deep. T and G there as well.

by R and B

Look for the Mozart balls in silver wrap. They are more expensive than the gold wrapped but they are the original (they say).

by The Vickerage

Heimatland...Glad to see you in Innsbruck, and now in Salzburg, oh my, love both places for their own reasons. The area around Salzburg, the Salzkammergut is my favorite area in Austria.. have a shot of Schnapps, (Himbergeist) :-)
Thanks, I am a little homesick now.
G
ps. I didn't see T anywhere last night, Roy:-)

by Gootfried

Love the composition of the first mountain photo. Bands of field,forest and peaks. Well done.

The other "T"

by Tom

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