Retro-Trip: Austria 1983
Salzburg & Vienna
Where our 1983 European Adventure truly kicked off.
Eurail pass in hand and without hotel reservations, our youthful optimism guided us in knowing that finding a place to stay was only a matter of time. Soon after arriving, we met a woman at the train station who offered us accommodations in her "pension" (pronounced "pen-see-own").
|The view from our Salzburg pension|
There are several different types of Eurail passes. The "Global" Eurail pass offers unlimited travel on the national rail networks of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (includes Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
- The continuous pass is available for 15 days, 21 days, 1 month, 2 months or 3 months.
- The flexipass is available for 10 or 15 days of travel within a 2 month period.
Back to Salzburg: The Salzach river divides Salzburg. One side is contemporary and modern, the other side, Old Town (or Altstadt), is a World Heritage site, preserving the 17th century (!) Baroque architecture.
The Salzburg Wine Festival just happened to follow Oktoberfest.
|Drinking with new friends at The Salzburg Wine Festival|
|Salzburg - divided by the Salzach River|
|Baroque Architecture of "Old Town"|
|Chalk drawing on the street - before it was cool.|
|"Sound of Music" castle|
I have always thought of Vienna as "the most romantic place in the world". Cobblestone streets, lit up at night with gas lanterns - outdoor dining on the sidewalk. Imagine, Medieval and Baroque architecture, classical music, opera, The Danube and The Waltz. You just can't get any more romantic.
One day, Mr. Something and I will travel to Vienna.
I just know he will love it as much as I did.
|Cafe Terrace at Night ~ Vincent Van Gogh|
For some reason, when I think of Vienna, I think of this painting.
A Parisienne scene, it always brings me back to Vienna.