Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
26Trip End Jul 25, 2007
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It is our last day in Austria and the sun shines down on charming Vienna as if to mock us for opting out of camping. Innsbruck, though not a beautiful city, has a delightful old town area and is surrounded by the stunning Austrian Alps. Which we climbed. We had a chance to play in snow, which is really the only reason for going to the Alps. Salzburg, home to Mozart, is a most agreeable place. Be prepared to pay double for anything with ´Mozart' included in the title. I caught a cable car to the top of Untersburg mountain where the panoramic views across Salzburg and surrounding towns were astonishing, then I got quite absorbed in a mountain trek which cured my fear of heights. In fact, we have done so much I can't be doing with writing it all down. Look at the photographs, a picture paints a thousand words apparently
In Salzburg we stayed in a campsite run by the Austrian Mafia but it must be said that they were very friendly towards us (it MUST be said). A particular thanks goes out to ´Don Schnitzel´ who cooked us much food.
Having spent a good nine days in Austria I feel I am now in a position to divulge a little information on the true meaning of certain phrases used in common parlance. Should you ever visit I hope the following translations will be of use to you:
The word ´authentic´ means ´with´ (as in: ´´Mozart T-Shirts, Authentic Signature´´).
´For you, my friend, 2 Euros´ means ´We will discuss the price further when my associates arrive´.
´´Ya ya, you follow path then near top you must take route straight up ski slope, it will be fine´´ means ´´There is a perfectly walkable path to the summit. DO NOT at any point walk up a ski slope or certain death awaits you".
And in Internet cafes ´1 Euro an hour´ means ´We will discuss the price further when my associates arrive´. So I must now stop.