Archive for September, 2012

Salzburg Day One

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Early to the airport, fast track security and on to the British Airways first class lounge for poached eggs and beans and toast washed down by Buck’s Fizz. As we were taking the f-in-law (“H”) on the trip and he is a bit slower than us we left the lounge early as the screen was displaying gate 112 which is a long walk away, over the air bridge. However, once we got there it was apparent that we were at the wrong gate so had to return to the main terminal building where the gate was a rarely used one, requiring us to board a bus. Although we were fine in our seats, the passengers with boarding passes for seats 7B and 8B were a little concerned about the size of their seats, which were very small as they were still configured for a flight in Club class. The engineer was summoned and after an uneventful flight we arrived in Salzburg and picked up the hire car (a small Fiat 500) and, thanks to Tomtom (surviing being dropped by H, twice),  safely arrived at the hotel LINK . We agree with the f-in-law that we would unpack and meet in reception at 3pm to go into town. At about ten past three we went to collect him – he hadn’t put his watch forward so thought we were meeting an hour later! To avoid a 20 minute walk we took the local bus into town and walked through the Mirabell Gardens (cue the music to do-re-mi). Salzburg is even more beautiful than I remembered and even H seemed impressed. We ambled through the old town, past the house where Mozart was born (there is now a Spar supermarket in the ground floor) and up to the cathedral and then to the lift up to the castle. Entry is no longer free and you have to pay €11 to go up and come down (although this includes a visit to the museum). We decided against that and wandered back through the town along Getreidegasse where a new duck joined the family.

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Onwards to the other hill where, eventually, we located the lift up that hill (at a fraction of the cost). On top there is an open-air bar with fantastic views over the old town towards the castle:

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Back down the hill we returned to a restaurant we had spotted earlier: a mixture of Italian and Indian restaurant which appears to be a common offering in Salzburg. Bus back to the hotel and time for bed.

Pics of the day here

 

Sunday 2nd September – usual Sunday stuff

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

After breakfast, checked out and headed back in the rain to Croydon. Then off to the usual session at the Hoist and then met Dean and Rémi for a, as usual, very pleasant meal at Sangri

Saturday 1st September – Southampton

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

After a lazy start we drove down to Southampton . Room at the Hilton was not ready so we carried on into town to the SeaCity Museum  to site and Tripadvisor). The “special” exhibition about the Titanic was not that special but the permanent one made up for the entry price of £8.50. Hotel was very average (see review). Ate in the hotel restaurant (burger, as usual – very good). Back in our upgraded room we spent much of the evening review our forthcoming flights and trips to ensure we agreed where we were going and when. 

Friday 31st August – Soho

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

A rare weekend in the UK started in Comptons where we met up with Martin Z. Dean and Rémi. Remi was staying with us so he and Dean could go to Brighton Pride and then onto Berlin. Eddie B also turned up. Discussed ironing. Martin had originally suggested we went to Wahaka but the wait for a table was estimated at 90 minutes so we moved on. Stumbled across a great little restaurant Cantina Laredo; very nice Mexican food. Then onto Halfway to Heaven.