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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Christmas Recap - pt 3
December 26, 2008
We decided to stick around Salzburg for our last day of vacation (we had kicked around the idea of going skiing all day on one of the many surrounding mountains). Feeling a bit lathargic from all of the heavy austrian food (and beer) we had been eating, we decided to get the blood pumping with a nice hike in the morning. And by "we decided" I mean Brian decided to go for a hike and drag me with him :) In front of our hotel there was a big hill, and we had seen on some of the maps that you could hike up to the top. Right off the bat I was dying, huffing and puffing the whole way up. Brian faired slightly better, and was practically running all the way to the top. We got really lucky and the clouds that brought snow on christmas day, cleared out and we had an amazing blue sky all day on friday. After our hike to the top of the hill we decided to make our way across town to the Augustiner Brewery.
The Augustiner Brewery is run by a group of monks, and they make a very fine brew. Unfortunately it was closed by the time we got over there, and so we had to find something to do for a couple of hours before it opened. In brians delight, this meant taking another hike. The fortress is connected along a big ridge that runs the length of Old Town in the city. We had already hiked up to the fortress, and brian was anxious to hike up the other side. It wasnt nearly as bad as the hike that we made in the morning, but it was more than enough exercise for me for one week. We managed to get panoramic views of the city from all angles on friday! Again, we got some amazing shots of the city (take a look at the link in the original recap posting). And again, without sounding too greedy, it was almost too sunny. At one point we were even using our sunglasses as filter for the camera, in order to get a better shot.
The brewery finally opened and we made our way bank to enjoy the monks brew. There are communal tables and we met some really interesting locals...which we couldnt really talk to because we dont speak their language and they dont speak ours...but those are just details. Its a great place to see some very interesting people...I saw some *amazing* hairdos, let me tell you.
We made our way back into the old town for dinner to a traditional pub we had found the other day. It was a great way to end the trip!
I hope you guys enjoy the pictures - and I hope you had a great holiday with your friends and family!!