Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Return to Las Vegas

After ten years since our last visit, we returned to Las Vegas with friends.  We had a great time, checking out the Happy Half Hour on the High Roller Observation Wheel (would definitely do that again!), going to a show (Zumanity- so much laughing), and walking up and down the strip, enjoying the sites and people watching.  We also enjoyed the bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas on the top floor patio of Hard Rock Café where we had great views, an awesome server, and a talented musician entertaining us.  One of our best memories from this trip.

We stayed at New York, New York and had a great experience there, including my favorite place to eat this trip...Chin Chin Café and Sushi Bar.  The sushi was delicious.  

I love the energy of this city.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens, fencer statues, pollarded linden trees, salzburg
Schloss Mirabelle, Gardens

The linden trees caught my eye immediately, and we watched as workers trimmed the branches back, a process I later learned is called "pollarding"

Schloss Mirabell, gardens, Salzburg
Schloss Mirabell

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg
View of gardens with fortress in background, taken from entrance off Bernhard Paumgartner Weg.

Well known as a movie location for the "Sound of Music", Mirabell Gardens isn't just for fans.  Although it was fun to see the same spots that were in some of the scenes, the gardens themselves are well worth a visit.  Unfortunately, in early March, we missed out on the beautiful flowers. I've seen photos of the gardens in peak season, and I hope someday to return to Salzburg during a better time to see Mirabell in full bloom.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lock Bridge in Salzburg

makartsteg bridge, lock bridge, salzburg
Makartsteg Bridge

I shared photos with the Makartsteg Bridge in an earlier post, but I thought a closer look at those locks was needed.

locks on makartsteg bridge, salzburg

Friday, May 19, 2017

Other Sites in Salzburg

Kapitelplatz, sphaera, giant chess board, cathedral, salzburg
Kapitelplatz,  with the Cathedral as backdrop for "Sphaera" and the giant chess board.

Loretto Geistliches Zentrum St. Blasius, Kirche St. Blasius
Loretto Geistliches Zentrum St. Blasius, or Kirche St. Blasius

Klausentor on Ursulinenplatz, Salzburg
Klausentor on Ursulinenplatz

...other sites that caught my interest as we explored Salzburg.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Streets of Old Town Salzburg

Judengasse, old town hall clock tower, salzburg
Judengasse, with Old Town Hall clock tower

Getreidegasse, Salzburg
Getreidegasse, with Mozart's birthplace up on the left, for anyone who is looking.  (Krystal!)

mcdonalds on getreidegasse, salzburg
Further down Getreidegasse, the discreet McDonald's sign made me laugh.  Wish they were all like that in the states.

linzergasse, salzburg

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mozartkugels in Salzburg

Altstadt Confiserie, Munzgasse, Salzburg, candy shop
Altstadt Confiserie on Munzgasse

One item on my to do list for Salzburg was to try a Mozartkugel, preferably handmade.  As we wandered around Old Town Salzburg, we came across this candy shop, with a window full of Mozartkugels.  Inside we went, where they were wrapping the candies we wanted to buy. Small and round, made with pistachio marzipan and hazelnut nougat and covered in dark chocolate, they were soon to become a new favorite of mine. As I sit here typing this, I'm wishing we'd bought dozens to bring home because they were so good.  And I'd really like to have one or two (or three) more.

mozartkugels, salzburg

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mozart's Homes in Salzburg

mozart geburtshaus, birthplace, 9 Getreidegasse, salzburg
Mozart's Geburthaus, 9 Getreidegasse- In 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in the family's third floor apartment, where they lived until 1773.  Only slightly familiar with Mozart due to a humanities class I took years ago, I enjoyed this self-guided audio tour so much more than I expected.  The story of the Mozart and his family, placed in the social and political history of the time, was so interesting.  Seeing all the letters they wrote, getting a sense of their personalities, made it even better.

mozart whonhaus, residence, salzburg
Mozart Wohnhaus- Mozart's residence from 1773 to 1781, when he moved to Vienna.

mozarteum foundation, salzburg
Home of the Mozarteum Foundation.  The Foundation is dedicated to preserving Mozart's legacy, including making both his homes in Salzburg open to the public as museums.