Friday, October 22, 2010

Munich and Salzburg, Austria

We were in a tour group and some of the members missed our first Munich bus tour due to flight schedules. So we circled back through Munich on our way to Salzburg, Austria.


Typical Bavarian homes.
Oktoberfest was in full swing while we were there. We had hoped to attend it as it is so famous (infamous?).
However, the two above pictures were as close as we got. The ferris wheel was part of the family days of Oktoberfest which added to the crowded conditions.
But they got to go to the fest. Although not required for admittance lederhosen and dirndls are the desired apparel for this world renown song fest and beer glut. I guess one looks more dignified while happily staggering down the strasse.

On the way to Austria. Interesting. When we took shots from the train window in Alaska they came out pretty well. Most of my "through the window" shots on this trip were not as sharp. Christine has threatened to send me to photography classes, but my retort is that the camera advertisements say, "Just point and shoot". You have to go to classes to point?

Of course shooting through a window allows for different hues to be created. So, I carefully planned this shot to to be clear in the meadow and for the mountains to gradually fade into the distance. 

Part of the Salzburg walking tour through the same gardens in which the "Sound of Music" was filmed. Our shots don't reflect the charm and beauty of this city, one of the most beautiful cities we've seen.

Some streets were so narrow it made me wonder if they had one-way streets in the horse and carriage days.

Mozart's birthplace. The open window marked the room in which Mozart was born. 

 We ate lunch at a dinner theater featuring "The Sound of Music" numbers and Austrian folk songs. Near the end, audience participation was "encouraged".
Christine and partner take a bow after their marvelous minuet dance.



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