Showing posts from December, 2012

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Christkindlmarkt - A Charmed Time of Year


SALZBURG: The Sound of Music Tour


Salzburg is small cosmopolitan and a very picturesque city with fascinating architecture, and rich cultural heritage.  As the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg prides itself on being a destination for music.  Every year the Salzburg Festival draws Mozart fans and music lovers in droves.   ‘The Sound of Music” also put Salzburg on the map.  

At first, I was skeptical about taking the Sound of Music Tour because I thought it was cheesy.  This tour turned out to be an excellent way for exploring the region.   The first part of our tour was a drive to Untersberg where the first scenes of the film took place. The palaces and charming little village homes set against the looming Austrian Alps provided a very picturesque setting throughout this whole drive. The hills were alive indeed!  Our coach drove past Leopoldskron Palace (which was the first view we have of the Von Trapp family in the film).  We did not stop at Leopoldskron Palace as it’s…

VIENNA: Sweet Dream

I was famished when we arrived in Vienna so we did not waste time seeking out a place to eat.  We went to the closest restaurant across the main train station.  The first thing I noticed when I entered the restaurant was a display of pastries.   Thinking that it was not serving the kind of lunch I was looking for, I left and went to the restaurant next door. However, the restaurant next door had the same set-up. I found an overwhelming variety of savory baked goods, cookies, cakes, chocolates and marzipans (my favorite). Little did I realize that the restaurants we entered were coffee houses? 

We ended up walking from one Café to another and ended up buying a piece of marzipan, chocolate, tart or apple strudel here and there.  We found a table outside and happily consumed our lunch (pictured below).

At home, I’m usually a model of temperance when it comes to sweets.  I usually eat fruits for dessert and when eating out, I would only order gelato or ice-cream and cut fruits for dessert. …

Lourdes, France: Of Penance and Piety