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Roaming around Salzburg in slightly more than a pair of old drapes…

Our time in Munich was short lived, just enough hours for some delicious Turkish food with the beautiful Krissi, a quick tour of her stunning flat and a good nights sleep. Wednesday awoke with a grey grumble as the pair of us took advantage of amazing showers and some peace and quiet. It was a gentle start to the day. After leaving Krissi’s we had to find our way to the bus stop (having received directions in the back of a car whilst it was pitch black and raining outside) then the S-Bahn and finally to the Hauptbahnhof in Munich. We got there with enough time to enjoy the vast array of coffee shops available (England needs to buck up its ideas!) before finding our way to platform 10 and boarding our train. Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of not really listening to announcements when in public places/on transport…more often than not they’re of absolutely no interest or relevance to you so you learn to just sort of switch off. However, when the announcement ends ‘once again, if your final destination is Salzburg please disembark and board the train up the platform’ you’re very glad your brain decided to switch back into gear!! So pastries went back into paper bags, suitcases came back off of luggage racks and we pelted down the platform to the correct train. Phew! Salzburg here we come!! 
It’s a quick and easy journey from Munich to Salzburg (luckily as I’ll be doing it in reverse on Friday!!) and within 2 hours we were there, quite alive with the sound of music, 16 going on 30 and ready for all our favourite things! Jen had booked us into Hotel Lasserhof, a really lovely place less than 10 minutes walk from the station with super friendly receptionists, cosy rooms and a delicious breakfast. One to remember! Another benefit is it’s also less than 10 minutes walk from the beautiful Meribel gardens which we went to explore after ditching the bags. First Sound of Music location ticked off! This is where they filmed the doe, re, mi scenes skipping around the fountain and up the steps etc. There were quite a few Asian tour groups taking selfies and posing amongst the statues, but no one appeared to be jumping up the stairs or skipping through the gazebos…it was lucky we were there really!! 

Oddly for a Wednesday most of the shops, sights and pretty much anything we walked by seemed to be closed. There were also an unprecedented number of men in uniform around, surrounded by guns, tanks and even boats patrolling the river. Just as we were about to assume there’d been a coup we hadn’t heard about the lady in the (thankfully open) tourist office explained it was a national holiday. Ah ha! Funny how everything makes sense when someone explains it. October 26th is the Austrian day of independence, where they declared future neutrality in all conflicts following the Second World War. Nicely for us this also meant there were lots of people in national dress, displays of music and dancing and also the museums were free admission. Sweet! Neither Jen nor I are huge museum buffs, but if it’s free why not. Firstly we stopped in an extremely Austrian looking restaurant for something traditional to eat. Sadly the waiter didn’t appreciate my attempts to speak German (first time I’ve been told not to try…”please just speak English” he sighed. Long day perhaps.) but he was happy to bring us soup and then dessert so you can’t hate him too much (though still hoping he hadn’t spat in anything!!) We had beef (I know) broth with a cheese dumpling, followed by a sweeter dumpling with rhubarb sauce and apple strudel…yum!!

Energised we ventured into the Salzburg museum and tried to explore as much of it as possible before it closed in 40 minutes. It was largely to do with a history of the town, which has been invaded more times than I’d care to count…goodness knows how the people kept up with which country they were a part of this week, I have trouble remembering Teresa May is PM!! The upper floor was a really amazing ode to music, with all sorts of amazing and intricate instruments on display. It smelled amazingly of scented wood in there, sadly we only found it as the announcements that the museum was closing were ringing out. Ah well! 

From there we got enticed into (I don’t know what’s come over me…first beef, now…) a Christmas shop! The place was filled with incredibly decorated egg shells, in a million colours and styles. Everything from Salzburg ones, Easter, Halloween, dogs, cats, and of course Christmas. I don’t know how you’d choose!! 

Having eaten quite late it seemed too soon to go back to the hotel, but the world around us was growing dark and quiet…what to do what to do…bar? Bar!  A handful of delicious cocktails and too many bowls of free savoury snacks later and it was certainly time for super important paperwork, FaceTiming people at home and then bed. Official Sound of Music tour tomorrow, who’s excited?!



Blogathon Day 16 – Everybody dance now!

You know you were a 90’s kid if…

  1. Ya’ll ready for this?
  2. The word ‘Tragedy’ draws your hands to the side of your head
  3. You’re all about the Girl Power (so tell me what you want, what you really really want!)
  4. You still argue with your friends about whether ‘Blur’ or ‘Oasis’ were better
  5. You know all the moves to Macarena
  6. Oo ah, just a little bit, oo ah a little bit more
  7. Madonna is the Queen of Pop and Kylie the Princess.
  8. You knew about whisky drinks, vodka drinks, lager drinks and cider drinks before you’d ever tasted them.
  9. Ibiza rhymes with pizza.
  10. There ain’t no party like an S Club party

Oh I had SO much fun writing that list!! Could have quite easily gone off on a tangent about all the non musicy awesome things from the 90’s (Goosebumps, Care Bear share, Tamagotchis, the dial up tone, in West Philadelphia born and raised…., trolls, Sharky and George, Fun House, skorts, you couldn’t have a 50p without rubbing the Queens Nose, green and orange were definitely colours that went together, that’s How for now!) but that’s a blog for another day.

Today Fiona wants to know which one band or artist shaped our childhoods. Trouble is I don’t have one. I’ve never been the type of kid to obsess over something, I didn’t really follow the trends and to be honest there were more pictures from the centre pages of Girl Talk on my walls than of boy bands. Once I grew out of Girl Talk and Mizz I’d buy funny posters from the market and stick those up to make me smile. I think I might have had a Spice Girls poster at some point, but that’s about it.

There are, however, a few songs and albums I’ll always remember . The first single I ever bought (everyone remembers that!) was ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis and the 2nd and 3rd were ‘When a Woman’ by Gabrielle (still one of my faves) and ‘It Feels So Good’ by Sonique (I bought them at the same time). Remember when we used to go out and buy singles? Seems so bizarre in this digital age! I loved Savage Gardens ‘Affirmation’ Album and ‘By The Way’ started my love for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They were the first band I went to see live with my friends (my first ever concert was with my grandparents when I was about 6, we went to see Gerry and the Pacemakers and Helen Shapiro…Walking Back To Happiness!). I always thought I wasn’t really ‘into’ music because I didn’t go crazy over N’Sync (I just had to google if that was the band which started Justin Timberlakes career, that’s how much I know about them!), 911 or Backstreet Boys (though ‘I Want It That Way’ is a tune!) like all my friends did. I didn’t have crushes on popstars and wasn’t *that* bothered when Take That split up. Since I’ve grown up though I’ve come to like my eclectic taste. I enjoy that leaving my laptop on shuffle can offer songs from the Rat Pack, Stereophonics, Christina Perri, Anastacia and probably a bit of Barenaked Ladies or Disney. Maybe I didn’t do the whole ‘I’ll DIE if I don’t see these people in concert’ thing, but I think musically speaking I grew up pretty well!

And if you don’t agree you can talk to the hand! NOT! 😛

Haven’t actually listened to this as my speakers have broken, so fingers crossed!

Note: Have just realised Miss Peg asked for the songs of our teenage years. I was a teenager in the noughties, not the nineties. Oops! Hope you enjoyed the blog anyway!! Make sure you pop over to the Miss Peg Daily and The Blog of Sense to read the other posts on this theme!

Everyday I’m shuffling…

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So I stumbled upon Tashy’s World today and thought I would copy her idea for a blog post.

Take your ipod, put it on shuffle and list the first 10 songs!

Here goes…

  1. Bruno Mars – Marry You
  2. Miley Cyrus – See You Again
  3. Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  4. Matchbox 20 – Breakfast At Tiffanys
  5. The Fray – How To Save A Life
  6. Florence And The Machine – Kiss With A Fist
  7. Razorlight – America
  8. Kate Nash – Pumkin Soup
  9. The Pretty Reckless – Just Tonight
  10. B.O.B (feat Hayley Williams) – Airplanes

Not a bad bunch! Really impressed we didn’t end up with anything random in there…just for a test I decided to go on to track 11 – Counting Crows – Rain King. Honestly couldn’t even tell you how it goes! Haha, luck of the draw!!!