When our granddaughter graduated from the American International School in Salzburg, Austria, my spirit of adventure knew no bounds. Excitedly, I awaited my passport, packed clothes and unpacked them a dozen times.
My daughter, Deborah, and I flew from Phoenix to London’s Gatwick airport where we boarded an Austrian Airlines flight to Salzburg. The service on this three-hour flight was outstanding and most memorable. Our dinner was served with linen-covered tray tables, china plates and cups and real cutlery and glassware.
Upon our arrival In Salzburg, we rented a car and drove directly to our hotel. The King Leupold hotel was situated in downtown Salzburg. Our room was small but clean. I noted that the double bed had two pillows and one sheet with a white down coverlet folded neatly at the end of the bed. I would learn that this is standard fare in Europe.
High on a hill above the city and visible from any vantage point, Hohensalzburg Fortress commands the view. Built in 1077AD. by Archbishop Gebhard, the fortress is accessible only by a cable railway. The fee for ascent and descent, plus coverage of courtyards, towers, state rooms and museums, is about $8 per adult person. Bearing 900 years of history, this landmark has much to offer any history buff.
The palace Schloss Klesshum, has been converted to house a casino. If you go, do not wear open toed shoes or sandals. You will not be allowed on the casino floor. I was fortunate that my daughter and I wear the same size shoe. We traded shoes and I was then permitted to go upstairs to the casino. The machines were much the same as those in our country. I didn’t win anything but enjoyed the experience.
Of all of the wonderful foods we tried, our favorite was a bowl of tomato soup with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream on the top. It was just delicious.
I wish that I had more time to spend in this beautiful city. Perhaps one day I’ll be back.