Via The Eagles Nest in Germany and a bit of Sound of Music History First
28.09.2014 - 29.09.2014
THEN TO VENICE
Only 1 night in Salzburg but so worthwhile. An early start..7am as we wanted to get to our next stop early. Local guide again ..Gabby a lovely older woman with a great sense of humour. A fresh misty morning and first stop was the Garden Gazebo from Sound of Music-famous for the I am 16 Going on 17 song. Some pics for all here and a posed one for us....kissing of course!!
Then next stop early just over the German border before the crowds arrived, was at Obersalzberg above the town in the trees where the Nazi Party had their Headquarters. Such a beautiful place hard to imagine that such atrocities were planned here. Nothing left of the buildings as it was blasted to bits by bombs from the British as soon as Hitler capitulated and the Nazi's fled.
However, up a very windy road from here we travelled to Hitler's Eagles Nest perched high on a mountain point overlooking the whole area. This personal hideaway for Hitler was a surprise gift to him from the Nazi Party for his 50th birthday and was completed in 1938. It was organised by Bormann, Hitler’s right hand man and was an amazing feat. First they had to build the road up to the point where no more road could go, then a 40 mtr long tunnel to a vertical shaft was built. An ornate brass lined and with mirrors elevator takes you up to the cliff top perched stone building. It is just amazing and well worth a visit if you are ever here. An engineering marvel. Now it has historical photos etc and is more of a museum. The cafe there with sun umbrella's certainly gives it a feel of nothing like it was intended for. Public use I mean. We bought a book so we can have a copy of this history and read it at leisure. Too much to remember otherwise.
Oh the view!! Would love to see it in the snow.
Continued on towards Venice through beautiful scenery, through the Tuaern Mt’s, to the Corinthian Lake District, over the border into Italy and on to Venice. We are were staying in Old Venice right near St Mark's Square, which meant water Taxi's for our luggage and for us. Each Taxi only took about 12-14 so we needed three to get us there. A lovely historic Hotel right in the heart of Venice our room overlooking the narrow cobbled street and the little shops right opposite our room, and just to the right the very cute bridge over the canal that linked our Hotel to St Mark's Sq. We could sit in the Hotel lounge and look straight out at all the Gondolas loading people for rides. Spectacular.....and it was soon out turn. 3 to 4 people to each Gondola. We had Kevin and Donna from USA with us, a great couple and lots of fun. One group of our single lady travellers even got serenaded around to Opera singing and Accordion accompaniment. Lots of pics and laughs and ''oh look at that’s later we got back to our rooms. Only one complaint....our Gondolier was a cute young guy but spent almost the whole time on his cell ph. instead of telling us about the place. We don't think ne could speak much English, but still some of the others in our group got great commentaries.
After dinner we boarded water taxi's again for night tour of the Grand Canal and the lights. Past lots of old Palaces and Churches, under famous bridges and back to our base. Finished the evening with a free concert and drinks at St Mark's Square. People everywhere enjoying the place, and plenty to look at in this beautiful shop lined Square with a wonderful Basilica at one end, complete with slightly leaning tower. Man, what a long and varied day......but wonderful.