Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mozart and more...

May 25th,
Salzburg, the city of Mozart. Also the city of Blanka, that is, if we could aford to live here. As a family we have been to Salzburg several times now and each time is just plain fun. Salzburg has it all, big fortress on the hill, glorious churches, concert halls, elegant old buildings, the Salzach river, little fountains, statues, and not least of all shops including shoe stores for Blanka.

Fun. Just a lot of beautiful little and not so little things to enjoy. 
We did pay tribute to Mozart's house but did not go through the museum again.
The castle, Hohensalzburg, looms high above the rest of the city.
Residenzplatz with modern sculpture that gives quite a contrast to its surroundings.
From the river bank you get a great view of the formal buildings that grace the river and the church 
The Salzach river splits the city but gives the opportunity to walk along the shore.
After being happily married for 40 years, we didn't think it was necessary for us to put our names on a padlock, lock it to the fence of the bridge and throw the key in the river to declare everlasting love.
Understated elegance describes many of the buildings in the city. Very nice color and form.
This photo is especially for Mia and Phil. While Blanka looked at all the shoes (again) in the windows, I took the picture of the name of the shoe store: MIA!
Most of the streets in the city center are closed to cars but you do need to keep out of the way of the horses.
Baroque churches don't need fixing. Take a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, embelish it with lots of flamboyant designs, the more complex the better and you are Baroque. 

Lets not leave a single inch unadorned.
Another great organ. I keep showing pictures of organs so Guy can decide which he want to install in our church in Phoenix. In this case there are four identical organs surrounding the center dome.

This is my favorite picture of the church, nice perspective down the side aisle.

And poking up all around the city are these sad little guard towers that have served their time and are now just a testimony to a time when the world could be locked out with walls and towers.