Via Innsbruck and a Swarovski Crystal visit
27.09.2014 - 28.09.2014
ON TO SALZBERG AUSTRIA.
A lovely drive to Innsbruck through the Alberg Tunnel 9kms long, through tall Mts. Stopped for look at the Golden Roof of the Imperial Palace and a tour through the Original 1st Swarovski Crystal shop. Just amazing the things they have made with the cut lead crystal and made a purchase or two here. Ralph was impressed here too. Lunch and on coach again travelling g through the Wilder Kaiser Mt’s to Austria and Salzburg.
Had a local guide here for a walking tour of the Mirabel Gardens in front of the Cathedral. Lovely with statues around here too. This is the Sound Of Music town so saw where lots of it was filmed. Were told that Julie Andrews was in town too as part of a documentary that is being filmed for the 50th anniversary of the movie.
Guided through narrow streets with old buildings with much history and saw Mozart's birthplace. Pictures of him even on the local chocolates.
Checked into our Hotel and then on board Coach for trip into the countryside to a local organic farm. We checked out their animals in the barn.....cows-about 20, 1 pig, piglets, 2 calves, 2 goats two ducks and a donkey. All happy to have visitors it seemed. The cows all happily eating and with their bells on. They are milked where they are....the mobile milking cups brought to each one. We sampled Elderflower cordial, apple juice and other homemade goodies. Bergie the wife, showed us around and told us of their work and life here. It is a life of loving what they do. They have won loads of medals for their Emmental cheeses. She speaks very good English and obviously enjoys people. Her husband does the cooking and speaks very little English. We had a wonderful evening of delicious home cooked organic meat, salads and veg and dessert of course. With their own made apple wine and Elderflower cordial it was the best meal we had so far. Drove back to hotel all singing ‘The Lonely Goat Herd’. Such fun! Would have loved another night here, but it was our only one overnighter.