June 30, 2013. Just finished a champagne brunch at the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang Austria. We got here by driving from Lake Bled to Bad Ischl and Hallstat. Hallstat was a wonderful little village in the lake district of Salzburg. St. Wolfgang is close by Hallstat. Yesterday we took a ferry to St. Gilgen and watched scenery straight out of the Sound of Music. The mountains surrounding the lake are quite tall, I think 7500 feet, and the lower slopes are covered by pine and white birch tree forests. Then, there are those beautiful green pastures that remind you of the opening scenes in the Sound of Music. We have been looking for Julie Andrews, but have not seen her. The hunt for Julie Andrews will continue. Today we are going to mass at St. Wolfgang church which was started in 976!! They say they incorporate pagan rites into the service to remember the past. I am thinking virgin sacrifices, but Rita has told me not to get my hopes up. In St. Gilgen we saw the home where Mozart’s sister lived. I am sure we are going to hear more about this Mozart fellow in Salzburg! We have had a rash of emails from our friends this week. It was really nice to catch up with all of you. Thank you for thinking of us. It is nice that out of sight does not have to mean out of mind! Rita continues to be a good driver. I have only been lost twice as navigator which is slightly better than “Betsy” our GPS who has been lost three times. We watched a wedding reception in St. Gilgen yesterday. Yes, it was probably a slow tourist day, but it was very interesting. All the guests wore traditional Austrian costumes. It was lovely. Rita acquired an ear ache on June 20th. We are hoping to get it checked in Salzburg. It is not really painful, but a nuisance. And, it interferes with her hearing which makes for some pretty funny conversations between the two of us since my hearing is not terrific. Today is our friend Jodi Barth’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jodi. Love and miss you. By now we are sure that you have deciphered our blogs to know that I write the factual ones and Rita writes the humorous ones. Sorry, travel does not change basic personalities! The white horse inn has a swimming pool and hot tub that floats in the lake. We were in the hot tub yesterday for about 2 hours. It really drained all my strength out of me so I fell asleep and we missed dinner. I am bad! First meal we have missed on the trip, but who is counting. That is all for now. Got to go to mass and check out the pagan rites. More to follow. We will post new photos later today. Tomorrow we leave for Salzburg. Love and miss you all. It is great to have so many friends follow us and email us. –Norm
When you get to Salzburg, there is a place called Kristall Welton Crystal Gallery. You should check it out. My ex Mother in law, who i still care very much for, bought the most beautiful Swarovski Crystal jewelry for me for Christmas one year. She had gone on a European tour. I will always treasure those pieces of jewelry. The Gallery itself should be a site to see.
Say hello to Mary Poppins when you find her!! lol
The Austrian report was very engaging. Norm, You may have a new career as a travel writer. Rita is also good. Perhaps you should compile your travel descriptions into a published book for all to enjoy and be entertained. We love to feel like we are right there, participating in your experiences just by reading your prose. How exciting!