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Rock Me Amadeus

by Robin Rodig | November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Amadeus on the street in Salzburg, Austria
You gotta love Falco. Hitting #1 on the Billboard charts with a pop song celebrating an eighteenth century composer amidst the Like A Virgins and Thrillers of the 80's, I say, is pretty impressive. Austria would say it was about time.

It is Mozart country here and Mozart and I have become pretty tight. I've visited his birthplace. I go to his concerts (the performers play on instruments from that period- like the harpsichord in the picture below). I eat his chocolates. I spend time in his namesake square. I acknowledge his cardboard cut-outs on the streets. Needless to say, he's quite a staple in my life here.

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From See To Shining See

by Robin Rodig | November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Halstattersee, Austria

Fuschlsee. Hallstattersee. Wolfgangsee. Just a few "sees" (or lakes) I've visited in Austria's beautiful Salzkammergut (or Lake District) to the south and east of Salzburg. Picture Maria twirling atop a panoramic, green, grassy mountain at the iconic start of The Sound Of Music. It was filmed there in the Salzkammergut and I can see why she was inspired.

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Robin's Hood

by Robin Rodig | November 08, 2012 | 0 Comments

Salzburg, Austria
Similar to my Swiss strategy, I have had a goal to make the most of each day and really familiarize myself with Salzburg and its surroundings.

This has meant getting to know the bus lines and lots of wear and tear on my sneakers. Beer tasting at local breweries and taste-testing local delicacies (like the mountain-high meringue dessert, nockerl- see picture). Sight-seeing the well-known Salzburg fortress and the unknown town-next-door Grodig (too uncanny not to check out).

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