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I’m more of a Singin’ in the Rain kinda girl. But Salzburg and the Alps are quite beautiful. My favorite part of the trip was the boat ride on Lake Wolfgangsee.
Such a gorgeous area! My favorite moment happened on the boat ride. There was a recorded voice describing various landmarks, but the narrator’s voice was super-eerie (like the twins from The Shining!) and she kept talking about historical drowning deaths. Then, in between her gloomy reminiscences, they played upbeat songs from The Sound of Music.
Here is where a wedding party drowned in 1603 when they danced too frantically and fell through the ice to their deaths… You will remember it!
🎶 The hills are alive with the sound of music! 🎵
It was bizarre as heck, and I was highly entertained. 😂
Munich is a lovely and interesting city. More businesslike than Berlin, but with many quaint markets and clocks, including the famous Glockenspiel with its rotating “play” of storybook characters that spin three times per day.
In the category of “surprising to my North American eyes”, we saw river surfers in a large city park, found the Devil’s preserved footprint in a cathedral, and learned that in Germany tobacco comes with photos of corpses and people coughing up blood.
It’s always interesting how norms vary between cultures. Yesterday I saw a naked woman hanging out in the nudist-friendly area of a public park (this would be considered quite wild at home, not to mention illegal) but 16 year-olds can drink beer here, and there’s nary a gun in sight.
We’ve done enough traveling that I find these differences interesting rather than good or bad. Although every we visit Europe I come away with the feeling that we Americans criminalize a lot of things unnecessarily.
We’ve reached the point in our trip where it’s time to squeeze in our last bit of sightseeing before heading home. Seattle awaits!
But first, castles.
I love pumpkins, so it was a perfect outing. The sugar-chili roasted pumpkin seeds were my favorite treat on offer, but they had pumpkin churros, pumpkin balls, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin pasta to name a few. It was pumpkin heaven! And the ornamental displays were super impressive.
According to the Internet, this festival makes use of 400,000 pumpkins per year.
The theme of this year’s festival was Fantasy, and while I’m not sure how an angry Pikachu fits in the fantasy genre, he was my favorite pumpkin creature for sure. 🎃