Thursday, April 9th to Sunday, April 12th, 2009


Class in the morning (my only class this Easter week) followed by a trip to the airport to visit family friends in Salzburg, Austria for Easter! It was beautiful the whole time we were there, really sunny. Supposedly the sunniest its been for Easter there in about 10 years according to our friends. Salzburg was beautiful with the green valleys and mountains, obviously the ideal place to film The Sound of Music, yes we later saw the house where a portion of the movie was filmed. Our days were filled with salty breakfasts (Salzburg- salt), strolling in the Old Town where we saw Mozart’s House, the market in each “Platz” or square, and shops with traditional Austrian costumes. It was great to see so many people in the town wearing the traditional clothing and it was very popular on Easter. We were so fortunate to be in Salzburg when we were because it was the time of one of the music festivals with the Berlin Orchestra. Probably one of my favorite experiences was seeing the Berlin orchestra rehearsal where they rehearsed pieces by Austrian composers followed by a full 20 minute piece by the Berlin Orchestral School. Beautiful and graceful music. We also visited the castle in Salzburg, one of the best preserved because it was never successfully attacked and had lunch at a restaurant on a mountain that overlooked the whole city and the rest of the surroundings. It was quite relaxing. On Easter, we went to a traditional mass, it was very interesting to listen to mass in German. Then it was time for us to take our train to Munich, where we would be flying back to Dublin.  dsc02495   dsc02539

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