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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Munich, December 15-16

After taking the train from Salzburg back to Munich, mom, dad and I checked into our hotel-- the Sheraton Arabella Park. Here's the view from the hotel balcony:

We took the subway back to the city center to Karlsplatz, then walked the pedestrian walkway to the Frauenkirche and Rathaus, drinking gluhwein along the way. To the left is the Christmas tree outside of the Rathaus.

We went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner. We ordered from the German and Italian menus as our waiter refused to bring us an English one. After two college girls from Oregon sat beside us and received English menus, mom conveniently stowed it in her purse.

When the waiter needed it again, he came searching at our table.

"Where is the English menu?" he asked.

"In my pocketbook," Mom replied.

"Oh, that's okay. You can keep it. Take the German one too."

"I already did," she said.

Found this recipe for gluhwein:


4 quarts dry red wine (zinfandel, merlot, burgundy, etc.)
1 pint brandy
1 cup sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
12 cloves, whole
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp mace
2 oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

Pour the wine into a large pot and begin heating over low heat.
As it begins to warm, add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add the brandy.
Heat thoroughly, but do not allow to boil!
Add the lemon and orange.
Steep for about 1 hour over low heat.
You may add more sugar during this time if desired, stirring well so it disolves.
Serve hot and garnish with orange slices. A stick cinnamon could also be used.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Salzburg--December 14-15

Mom had been hinting that she wanted to go somewhere, so I decided we'd try Salzburg and Munich. (Above, we are standing in front of the Leopoldskron Castle--the back yard and lake used in The Sound of Music. After being in Germany during the holiday season a couple of years ago, I knew that the Christmas markets would be excellent and the hot mulled gluwein would be good.

We flew out on Thursday, December 13 to Munich and had to run very quickly to catch our early train to Salzburg. Dad said it was the first time he had run in 30 years. We got on the train within seconds of it taking off. Snow covered the ground most of the way.

We checked into our hotel, the Goldener Hirsch, which was near Mozart's birth house on a little pedestrian shopping street in the old town. This is a view towards the end of the street:

After checking in, we walked around Salzburg and had lunch before returning to the hotel to be picked up for our "Sound of Music Tour." The tour was a four hour tour that took us to many of the locations used in the filming of The Sound of Music. Here are a few:

Left: The house used as the von Trapp family's villa.

Above: Gazebo ("I am 16 going on 17...")

Left: The road to the von Trapp house, where the children hung from the trees in their playclothes made from curtains.

Above: The fortress overlooking all of Salzburg

Left: Nonnberg Abbey, where Maria was a novice.

Above: Inside the Cathedral in Mondsee, used for the wedding scene. Below: the Cathedral from the outside.

After the tour, we went to dinner and had some great Wiener Scnitzel . Then we walked around, enjoyed more gluwein, and took part in all the Christmas festivities.

The next day was Saturday, and the streets were more crowded than ever with shoppers enjoying the Holiday markets. We walked around some more, and I climbed the hill to get a better view of Nonnberg Abbey. Then we headed to the train station to return to Munich.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I am in Salzburg with mom and dad! Wonderful time of the year to be here with all of the Christmas markets and lots of snow.

Pictures and more details to come!

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