Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ok - HOT in Salzburg - but still delightful!

Today we struck out for the Hellbrunn Castle and its trick fountains and amazing gardens. We thought we could walk. We were wrong. Halfway there we caught a cab. It was a cool tour and Kallie managed to get wet enough in the trick fountains to enjoy it but not too wet for the rest of the day. A little lunch at the castle and a popsicle and a cab back to the hotel for a bit of a rest before we struck out on a late afternoon walk before dinner.

These trick gardens were built 400 years ago -- a little whimsy from the Archbishop, who liked to play pranks on his guests -- even at the dining table in the garden if they'd had a little too much wine to drink. And they couldn't get up until the Archbishop left the table (his seat was strategically placed not to get wet!)

Other kids raced through here and got soaked through and through.
Tomorrow we leave for Heidelberg, Germany and my feet are looking forward to some driving and a day off!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

What fun those gardens must have been. I think it amazing that you have enough energy to post. I am enjoying every word and pixel.

Diana said...

Lisa -- it was a hoot to think of an Archbishop, 400 years ago, designing these gardens with all these trick fountains all over it -- sort of like an ancient amusement park! Guess that's what you do when you don't have tv!

Bonnie said...

So fun! And I am impressed at your international blogging dedication.

Diana said...

Bonnie - my husband is so techo-savy that he's downloading all our pictures every day and makes it all a breeze. It's nice to check email and read comments from home everyday, so I'm enjoying it. It's become the journal I'd intended to handwrite!

Pam/Digging said...

I too am impressed that you're blogging from the road---and overseas, even. I couldn't manage it on my recent trip. Of course, I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow each evening in our hotel room.

The trick fountains look like fun, and a good way to cool off. My kids would love them.

Diana said...

Pam - I am really cheating - my husband has done all the techno-heavy lifting. He travels all the time and has been abroad enough with his computer and gadgets to know what we need. And we're deliberately in high-speed internet hotels everywhere for him to be connected. The fountains were cool. It was all I could do to keep Kallie's water experience to a minimum -- some kids took their shirts off and were dripping!