Danube Christmas Day 7

19 December 2015 Saturday

We were told it would be a long day and we were advised to have heavy breakfast.

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After breakfast, we disembarked from the cruise ship. I was astonished by the very misty Passau.

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A cold and misty morning. Passengers gathered beside the cruise ship, waiting for transport to Salzburg.

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Looking across the street…this was the visibility we had over a stretch of 10m.

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Looking out from our bus, I thought the visibility was about 20-50 m. Quite an unique experience for me…. not easy for the driver.

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It was a long ride and the mist cleared off about 30 minutes before we reached Salzburg.

Guided through Mirabell Palace.

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There are many wonderful sculptures in the garden area.

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This monument at the gate was iconic to Mirabell Palace.

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From Mirabell, we crossed the Salzach River to the Salzburg Old Town.

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Old Town Christmas Market.

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We were blinded by sparkling Christmas goodies

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The guide led us through a passageway into Getreidegasse.

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Getreidegasse (Grain Lane). It was lined with cafe and shops selling luxury brands.

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Crowd gathered at 9 Getreidegasse : birth place of Mozart,

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There are more outstanding architecture as we walked past buildings after buildings

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Feeling small…

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A key stop…. St Peters’ Abbey

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The open square beside Salzburg Cathedral

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Salzburg Cathedral.

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and my favorite Number ….1628

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There was another Christmas market in front of Salzburg Catherdral

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I alway felt it was the Christmas Goodies that created the atmosphere.

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Our Guide pointed us to Mozartplatz as meeting place in the afternoon. An ice skating rink was set up.

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Mozart was overlooking the skating rink – sight of kids enjoying skating….

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Our picture with this great musician.

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From Mozartplatz, we had to cross the road to Salzach River Bank. Car and Horses have fair share on road usage in Salzburg.

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We strolled along Salzach River bank.

Salzach River is the Sound and the Old Town is the Music. A close up view on The color of Sound.

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A far View, changing color of Salzach River.

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The Old Town and New Town of Salzburg

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Our Photos…

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We had Nordic Seafood Lunch

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After Lunch, we gathered at Mozartplatz. The Cabs were waiting for us. It was short ride to Hellbrunn Palace Christmas Market.

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This Christmas Market was very popular. People continuously flocked into the Christmas Market.

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The walkway between stalls were very crowded.

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Christmas Goodies – Four Lovely Snowman.

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The traditional stables and the Central Stage…

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We love the RED crystal ball…(Christmas Baubles)

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A close up on the crystal ball…

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We explored the Palace Ground. It has wide open field and and pathway lined by tall trees…

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Snow capped Alps just above the horizon.

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Picture with Ho-San and Ho-Tai, retired couple we met on the cruise.

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The pond at the center of Palace was designed for reflection

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This is Perfect !!!

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Colored Reflection

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The ultimate … I thought this is about the best reflection I have taken here.

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A little rest before we exit the palace.

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Time passed quickly…Sunset over Hellbrunn.

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It was a long ride to Aschach for boarding Amasonata. Raining and complete darkness when we arrived at  Aschach.

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After a little wash up…. it was dinner time.

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End of Day 7 : A very enjoyable day for us. I enjoyed the Salzach River  “Sound”  and the “Music” of the Salzburg Old Town. Together I would have called this sound of music excursion. Hellbrunn Palace is the other wonder – I chose to believe it was designed to reflect and it is the best man made reflection wonder I had ever seen.

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