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Salzburg 2005

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Kiril and I headed to Salzburg for five days to celebrate his birthday and meet his Australian cousin who was in Mozart's home town for a music summer school. It was wonderful to have a longer break than usual - time to potter around, relax and drink coffee as well as seeing the sights, all in glorious sunshine.

During our stay we visited numerous castles/palaces, listened to a couple of concerts and sampled several Salzburg delicacies (hmm, not too sure about these - Salzburg is not the ideal gourmet destination for someone who doesn't eat meat and doesn't like tooth-achingly sweet desserts...)

On the big day itself, we hired a car (eventually - that was a story in itself) and drove into the mountains to some ice caves. We had each armed ourselves with a light sweater in preparation but became increasingly alarmed by the troops of Germans in ski jackets and walking boots marching up the mountain. As we waited for our turn at the entrance to the caves, we attracted many strange looks and even one concerned individual, whom Kiril brushed aside with the comment that it couldn't possibly be THAT cold. Well, it was. One and a half hours later, I at least emerged with half-frozen toes (yes, I was wearing sandals and no, I wasn't wearing socks) and my body one big shiver. The caves were incredible but I fear I missed rather a lot in my concern to huddle as close to Kiril as possible in order to steal any warmth he might have left. Would highly recommend a visit to the caves which are the largest ice caves in the world, but wear socks, trainers/boots, thick jerseys and jackets...

In the evening we met Marianne (Kiril's cousin) for dinner at the top restaurant in the city - quite literally actually since it was perched on one of the hills that surround Salzburg, part of the Modern Art Museum. We indulged in champagne and a delicious five-course feast, followed by cocktails at an underground bar covered with pictures of naked women.

Locations Visited: Salzburg

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