Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-08-13

Stayed the night in Salzburg

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From: "Kate McMullin" <kate@brong.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 01:33:43 +1000 (EST)
To set the mood for the day, the first thing we did was find out about
the postage debacle for postcards to Australia. We bought postcards at a
stall,and the offered to sell stamps to us too - but at a different
price to thosesold by the Vienna Tourist Office. So we went to the PO to
find out the definitive answer - the info we had was wrong. I admit I
got pretty upset, as we'd bought many of them for particular people, and
we weren't going back to those places. Gggrrrrrrr....

We went inside the cathedral after that to calm down and cool off our
tempers. It's really nice and calming inside! There are 4 organs, each
on the corner formed by the cross of the church building (wish I knew
the correct names for these). One of them even had 2 manuals - imagine
having 5 organs playing at once!

Overlooking the city of Salzburg (rather,dominating the skyline) is the
amazing fortress on the mountain. There is a very cool train that takes
people up the steep side, which we caught to the top. There are two of
these trains, and when we were watching them from above, we noticed that
they are connected to each other by a (very solid) cable - therefore
they act as weights in a simple pulley system. Great idea!

Great views from the top, could see all the flood affected and drying
off areas. Lousy selection of vegetarian food at the cafes, though,so we
waited till we were down again to eat.

In the square at the bottom, Mozartplatz, there were a number of chess
games being played, so of course we stayed and watched!

We decided to head back, as we were planning to cook dinner. But there
was a huge crowd standing around the tanks and the crane holding the
ferry in place - the rescue operation was underway... Three hours later
we and most of the rest of the crowd got bored and left. It really
looked like maybe one or two people were busy... Maybe... Well,the ferry
wasn't there the next morning, so it obviously eventually happened!
Apparently The Age newspaper had a colour photograph of the rescue - Dad
saw it and we didn't!

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