Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eurocruise Linz/Salzburg/Passau 16/05

We moored at Linz and took a two hour bus trip to Salzburg. As you can see, the weather was not great, and it did not improve. An option for the day was to visit an historic town in Czech, but we could not miss Salzburg.


Along the way we stopped at Mondsee. It is a small town but has a basilica, St Michael's. It is the church used in the film, Sound of Music.



This is not a warm mist in humid weather. It was cold and rainy.


Headquarters of Red Bull, the energy drink. They are bulls coming out from the building.


Our guide on the bus was an expert in the details of the film Sound of Music and did not seem to be the marrying type of bloke. Oh look, trolley buses in Salzburg.






Wisteria was just past its prime.




One pole to the trolleybus overhead wires supply the power and the other gives an earth connection. Trams earth through the steel rails.


Upon our return, I saw a news item when a bridge railing collapsed under the weight of lovers' padlocks.



Still raining. Mozart lived in one of the apartments in this building, from memory, third level and left.


Our friend D had decided to join the 'easy' walking group today, the pink group. So R and myself had the company of BJ on our own during the walking tour with the local guide, who cut it short because of the weather. We were hungry and we had heard there was a nice cafe up on the hill above the town at Hohensalzbur Castle. We had a very nice meal there.



But how to get up there? We took the funicular. While it is quite modern, it has a long history of taking people people up to the castle, with a much less modern system. The funicular was rather expensive. Who is behind it? A private company?



The ubiquitous Siemens.


Curious little house.


An interesting water feature to watch.


Don't ask.


Opponents of trams often cite ugly overhead wires as a reason for not having them. Believe me, tram wires are nothing compared the overhead wires of trolley buses.


Another two hour trip on a bus to rejoin our boat which had moved to Passau. We have crossed into Germany, into the state of Bavaria. Apparently we did a walking tour of Passau, but I have no memory of it. (I asked R about it and he thinks it did not happen because of the weather) We moved on to Vilshofen for a knees up. We left the ship to the bank for some entertainment in a heated tent, an overheated tent. It was great fun, with even a whip musical piece outside the tent.


In the tent, this thing dispensed beer. Beer is good.


I've cut R out of this photo. The musician may have been looking at him with adoration, or with thoughts of this is how I have to earn my living.

14 comments:

  1. Hello Andrew,

    We are not surprised that some of the details now become rather blurred with so much activity having taken place.

    Austria is very pretty but never really pulls at our heart strings. You have obviously experienced some most intriguing and interesting ports of call and, at every place you seem to find a different mode of transport. Is there a book to be written, we wonder......Eurotravel.....the definitive guide!

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    1. JayLa, I asked about the building Vigado in Budapest and after you replied, I remembered you picked up a brochure and gave it to me, and I have it.

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  2. Thank you. Again. I am really enjoying this. And some of the scenery is truly spectacular. Loved the emerging Red Bulls too.

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    1. Great EC. Pity the weather wasn't better for photo taking.

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  3. Andrew, another very interesting day full of activities. Austria is a paradise especially places which you have visited. funicular is very interesting and for me. Probably I must try one day. I believe it would be fun. And what's your impression about this means of transport?

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    1. Gosia, while the funicular was expensive, it would be a very steep and long walk to get up there. I recommend the funicular in Budapest, an old and well kept one.

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  4. Bad luck about the weather. Salzburg is a pretty town. I camped there many moons ago.

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    1. Diane, Salzburg and camping never really connected in my mind. Nice weather would have made our visit extra special.

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  5. Wow so much to see pity the weather wasn't so good.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, it was a shame, but we never went to Europe for the sun and warm weather.

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  6. There are quite a few down sides to living in Europe as opposed to Oz, one of them is definitely the weather..a nice place to visit oui! What gave you the impression your tour guide wasn't the marrying type? I think the 'locks on the bridge' thing is a little passé now, when everyone does it it's not so special anymore oui! Cucumbers in varying sizes.. made me smile a lot :)

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    1. Grace, yes the weather is a downfall. Male, no wedding ring, trendy dresser, late thirties and an absolute expert on anything to do with The Sound of Music. Case closed. I agree about the padlocks. I think it started in Italy, quite a few years ago. If I did it and threw the key into the river, I would keep the spare key in a safe place.

      I really don't know the story of the cucumbers.

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  7. Isn't it nice to publish holiday pictures ? it's just as living them twice ! Especially such an interesting one !

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    1. I enjoy it Gattina, but photos are much more time consuming than just writing.

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