We have been planning this trip to Salzburg to see our South Bend friends all summer, and although the clouds altered our plans to find some mountain views, the day was just right. (As evidenced by the exorbitant amount of photos in this post…)
This day, especially, Edith and John Henry excelled at entertaining themselves and finding fun everywhere we went. It was especially sweet to watch them doing things like spinning by the fountains outside the main train station, turning a steep little hill into a slide, and collecting sticks or rocks wherever they went. We had a very late, for them, return to Munich, and they were total troopers through the whole thing.
It was the first day of the Salzburg summer festival, and the streets were filled with music, tents, stages, all just adding to the magic of the city. We began by stopping in the garden of Matthew and Beata’s church where they had food and drinks. It is such a special experience, to spend a day in Europe with some of our dearest friends, that I wish we could do it more often!
Here are the children, pleased as peaches, when Elias emerged from his nap in the carrier.
The castle at the top of mountain behind the city is prevalent in so many of these photos, as it is such a striking backdrop to the town. Just looking up and seeing a castle above the rooflines and treetops was surprising, every time.
After our garden stop, we walked over to 7th century St. Peter’s abbey and cemetery, where Beata and I mostly enjoyed conversation and watching our children while Matthew, Travis, and EA hiked up a steep mountainside to some early Christian catacombs. While we waited for the other grownups, Edith and John Henry discovered the perfect natural slide and had the time of their lives.
From St. Peter’s, we walked further up the mountainside for some more city views, and then around the other side of the hill to Nonnberg Abbey, an 8th century Benedictine convent that is still active today. Maria Von Trapp was also a postulant there in the early 1920’s, and returned to the abbey church for her wedding.
It is quite likely that Beata is Edith’s favorite person in the whole world, and watching Edith worm her hand into Beata’s every chance she got, or ride on the little platform at the front of the stroller, was too sweet.
Back down the hill, we enjoyed coffee and cake at a lovely café. Everyone enjoyed themselves (Edith sailed her boat menu on the table while waiting…) and after cake, I successfully evacuated John Henry before he was able to break any dishes this time.
While waiting for the others, John Henry, who ate his entire sachertorte with his hands, and I enjoyed some riverside views just as the clouds began to break and chats about boats and bikes. He found a telephone booth that he told me was an elevator and then began pushing imaginary buttons “for U-Bahn,” he told me (the Munich subway). He is growing up so quickly on this trip and I love watching him make new sentences and use his imagination more and more.
Our trip ended with sun on the river, a quick glimpse of the mountains, a playground, and subsequent (very sleepy) tears over having to leave and Edith’s requests to “see Miss Beata again.”
It was, truly, a magical day, and I hope to go back to Salzburg again soon!