24.06.2011 - 24.06.2011 19 °C
The cold and damp wrapped me up like a warm blanket as we first stepped outside. Call me crazy (and you will) but the rain and cold comfort me like home. It throws me back into memories of long walks and steaming cups of coffee. Even so, we continued on. We happened across a large chess set painted on the ground and played ourselves a game. I haven’t played chess in years so I’ll blame my failure on that. We wandered inside the Salzburg Cathedral which has a long and varied history. What we see now in the interior has only been done since 1959, which lends the cathedral a modern, less ornate but still beautiful interior.
We found the Greenmarkt we had been searching for the day before and ogled the different stalls selling breads and cheeses and wooden toys. Shane got a cheese pretzel which I found disappointing (thankfully it wasn’t mine.) We walked across the river to the SPAR on the other side. We loaded up on chocolate and mustard and jam (that brings my jar total to 8!) We sat down at the snobby Cafe Bazar for their self proclaimed “best strudel in all of Salzburg!” I didn’t like theirs, or, if that is “the best” then I don’t like strudel. Coffee and cake cost us 10 euros and I am just about fed up with overpaying so much and being treated unkind just to try a treat people say is that best. I’ll be trying the small mom and pop shops from here on out, where value is good and service is better.
There is a part in the Sound of Music where Julie Andrews splashes this horse. She made it look so easy!
Shane and I decided to visit Stiegl Brewery for a tour. We walked an hour to get to the brewery, without complaining though, it was a beautiful stroll. Besides, we were enjoying the men in lederhosen and the women in dirndls. Wearing traditional clothes day to day seems to be completely legit in Salzburg, everyone is doing it, the young and the old, but I can’t blame them, if I paid 600 euro for an outfit I’d wear it all the time too! (That is the cost of the authentic garments) The museum and brewery were amazing. The buildings were beautiful and the museum was extremely informative and well put together.
After the museum we sampled our six free 200mL beers. There were pilsners and lagers and radlers! Yum! And we gorged on pickled vegetables, cold cuts and a huge stuffed pretzel. One thing we’ve noticed about all Austrian cooking is the salt content being way to high. They say smokers have a harder time tasting salt and absolutely everyone in Austria seems to smoke. I would give you 100 euro if you could find me a cook who doesn’t smoke and SO all the food is to salty for our non-smoking taste. We usually can’t finish the delicious food because there is just to much salt in it.
When we were two-thirds of the way home it started to pour, but in sheets of rain. Between the waves we ran for the next shelter. Before it even really started it was over; but we were soaked. We freshened up at the hostel and I talked to Natasha on skype for a while before we left again. We had tried the previous two nights to visit a beer garden but the rain prevented us both times. This time we left, with an address but forgot the map. We walked the length of the river twice and didn’t find the place. We settled after an hour and a half of walking on bosna (two weiners in a grilled bun with mustard, onions and curry salt) and fries with mayo (and two beers of course.) Delicious.