Friday, June 26, 2009

Greetings from rainy Salzburg...

We've been through another day in Florence, two in Venice, and two in Vienna since the last post - and our feet still hurt. :P The weather here has been weird: it's usually sunny most of the day, but occasionally there are some random times of rainfall and/or overcast skies. We're not complaining, though - it means it hasn't been super-hot and that's good.

Venice was quite the excellent experience for us; none of us had been there before, and it was an adventure trying to navigate through alleyways that you think can't POSSIBLY lead anywhere, dead-ending at canals, and having a few peaceful minutes on a secluded bridge to rest.

We then had the - um - interesting experience of a sleeper train on the way to Vienna. We had to share with three random people, and let's just say it wasn't much fun. Cramped, rickety, weird, you name it - thankfully our overnight train from Munich to Paris involves a compartment that will be first class and only US.

Vienna was refreshing, grand, and beautiful. It's so weird to me that Italians have all of these awesome works of art and interesting food and neat history and they just don't care much about the "package" - their shops are small and run-down, some of the museums are run-down and don't seem to have much effort put into them, and the streets are small. Austrians like open spaces, lovely shop signs and windows, and really know how to showcase artwork. The Uffizi in Florence is supposed to be one of the greatest collections in the world, and there was nowhere to sit so it was very tiring. The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna also had amazing art and amazing couches in each grand salon, along with a ridiculously beautiful interior. Strange.

Anyway, we're on our way out the door to go on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and we're extremely excited. More later, with pictures!

(Austrian trains: AWESOME. Leather seats, automatic doors, yeah.)

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