Mozart at Last

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Trip End Aug 18, 2012


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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Friday, August 10, 2012

And a new windscreen. Ha. No, we didn't get a new windscreen. What was I thinking?

At last, the day I'd been waiting for - a visit to Mozart's birthplace. But first we had some jobs to do. Nick had to take a train to Linz to pick up Saskia's fleece, which she'd left at the Sinnes Rautsch exhibition, and I had to fine Carglas in Salzburg to replace the cracked windscreen. Before all of that, we had to pack up the house because we weren't coming back. I was quite stressed before we even got out of the house.

So, after sitting in Carglas Salzburg for a hour or so, the helpful assistant pointed out that he didn't actually have the right type of windscreen for our car - he only had a super-duper water-sensitive, light-bending, time-travelling one, and he wasn't willing to put that on our car because our insurance didn't touch the price of it. I was starting to despair. A significant proportion of my holiday had been wasted waiting for windscreen related assistance and it wasn't over yet. We'd come all the way to Austria to a) climb and mountain and b) visit Mozart's birthplace. It seemed we weren't going to get to do either.

We walked into Salzburg town centre, which was beautiful, I have to admit. We didn't have time to actually go into the Mozart museum, but we looked at the door of it, then went to meet Nick in the main square, where the highlight was some horses pulling carriages and a bench where Maria the nun sat before she made all the von Trapps sing and escape the Nazis.

Then we drove for 10 hours in shifts to get to Unkel in Germany by 1am, where we were made very welcome by Aziz and his family.
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