We nipped down to Austria for a day to tour Old Salzburg, famous for its musical history (real and Hollywood prefab). While M and I wandered through Petersfriedhof, hiked the cliffs of Mönchsberg, and snacked at 12th-century Stiftsbäckerei, we passed on the Sound of Music tour as well as the local confection: "Mozartkugeln."
1. Mozart's birth house in Old Salzburg and the site of his childhood compositions.
2. A gated portico in Petersfriedhof, St. Peter's Abbey Cemetery.
3. Salzburg Cathedral. We ducked inside during a rain shower and caught the final gorgeous moments of a choral performance of Mozart's Requiem Mass.
4. Salzburg Cathedral again, seen from the cliffs of Mönchsberg on the Hohensalzburg Fortress grounds.
5. St. Peter's Abbey, seen from Hohensalzburg Fortress.
6. A portico lock and chain in St. Peter's Cemetery (though what really protects the remains of old Salzburg aristocrats is the rental fee their descendants pay every ten years to keep them there).
7. Marble memorials just outside the Abbey catacombs.
8. Evening thunderclouds over Alter Markt. We didn't (quite) beat the rain to the station.
Rhineland (read: wineland) still to come!