Monday, 23 November 2015

hook a duck

I think everyone will agree that waking up to this view as we swept open our balcony doors in Saltzburg - then there really was only one song:
and a gentle early morning mist enveloped Saltzburg while the sun tried to peep through
It was downstairs for a tasty breakfast in our fairytale B&B Die Romantik Pension Haslachm├╝hle
everything we could have wanted
and the cosy stove burning away in the corner
and here's the hint of our morning surprise . . .
but first a final view from our stupendous balcony as the sun breaks through inch by inch and we start to see the city below
and the beautiful valley around us
still with a gentle misty layer
Our bed and breakfast and our very own balcony!
and off down the track we head
to wait in the lane
for our fairytale carriage pulled by two very beautiful Haflinger horses.  A very famous breed of Austrian horses previously only known to me as a horse-mad child through my Observers' Book of Horses and Ponies.  And now I've seen one in real life!
This was just magical - clip clopping at an unhurried pace for nearly half an hour into Saltzburg in the morning sun.
someone was definitely loving it as much as me!
One of the horses was an old hand and the other was younger and new to the job and was quite sparky and playful.  No run away dramas though - one very careful driver!
note the distant castle!
First view of the magnificent Salzach river
And here we were finally trotting into the centre of the lovely Saltzburg
and here were our lovely horses getting a bit of love and thank yous from us all
and now it was Shanks' pony for the rest of the morning
but such a beautiful little city to explore
Though don't be fooled by the blue skies and the smiles - it was absolutely FREEZING!
Tyrollean style?
Discovered a lovely market square just setting up for the day
and the Mozart ducks - well I've no idea what they were all about
But it's definitely time for a note from the great composer - I've chosen the Marriage of Figaro overture as I remember playing this back in the day with the Wallasey Youth Orchestra on one of our Burton Manor stays
and in timely fashion we happen upon Mozart's birthplace
and continue through the town
to the Makartsteg Bridge -weighed down with love locks!
with such beautiful views down the Salzach
and,on the other side of the river, Mozart's later residence when the birthplace became too small for the family
and the peaceful gardens of the Mirabelgarten and palace
where there was another horsey friend to bond with
but by now it was a dash to the station to catch our train over the famous Arlberg pass into Switzerland and Zurich - keep ready for the last leg of our adventures by clicking: over the Alps to Zurich . .

But if you missed the start of this holiday, then feel free to go to the beginning by clicking here

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