Journey from Karlovy Vary to Salzburg, Austria
Trip Start May 18, 2007
62Trip End Jul 18, 2007
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Today was a huge travel day for us which involved trains, taxi's and buses! The alarm clock woke us up at 5:00am. With only 4 hrs of sleep we hopped the taxi and were dropped at the local bus station, which appeared to be in the middle of no-Czech-where. The bus was to take off at 7:30am and he loaded us up at 6:45am (good thing we were early). We rode with all the local folks inclusive of at least 20 different villages picking up school children and commuters. It was crazy and we thought it odd that the driver took off so early with only a few on the bus but we soon realized why - by the time we arrived in Pilzen 1.5 hr later it was standing room only on board! Quite an interesting Czech experience.
We caught a cab from the bus station with Mr
L O N G shower and petrol. The fuel gauge was well below the bottom of the red and our fare probably filled his tank. The Czech train station was a beauty! No one spoke English and trying to understand which platform to wait at was difficult. We finally found a dude who spoke English (he was one of the standing commuters from our bus ride), who translated what the information and train board read to us. We are learning a lot about riding trains in Europe (Sammy - you would appreciate this ride!).
Today's travel route: 6:45 am - 5:00pm
--Taxi - Hotel Ontario from Karlovy Vary to bus station
--Bus - Karlovy Vary to Pilzen (home of the Pilsner Beer)
--Train - Pilzen to Landshut, Germany
--Train - Change trains in Landshut to final destination, Salzburg
--Taxi - Salzburg train station to Wolf-Dietrich Hotel, Old Town Salzburg
Now, this might appear to be a simple day to you all
The train was moving kind of slow (GPS reading of ~58 miles/hr) so we were worried about our connection at Landshut. The schedule allowed 13 minutes to change platforms, which in our current luggage state was a stretch
The journey was beautiful and arrived into Salzburg under warm and sunny skies around 5:00pm. Our room is beautiful but here we go again... we did not pre-book from Karlovy Vary because we had no internet access and we got the last room in town at the Wolf-Dietrich hotel http://www.salzburg-hotel.at/ on the 4th floor with NO elevator. Remember those big bags? We were smart and pre-arranged to have a porter drag those sorry bags up the 4 flights - he almost had a heart attack!
For dinner Laurie had Weiner Schnitzel (Vienna style which meant fried = stick in Laurie's gut all night), and Ryan settled for a pizza which was super big. Wandered around the Old Town of Salzburg and before calling it a day, we tried out the hotel sauna, steam room and pool
Tomorrow we are headed to Hallstatt for a day trip.
Today's walk: 4.5 miles
Total for the journey (75 miles, 14 days)
Thanks everyone for all your fun notes to our blog. We enjoy reading them in the evenings.
Ryan and Laurie