Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunny in Salzburg!

What a delightful day. Nothing like drenching rain to make you appreciate a pretty, dry day. Woke this morning to the sounds of the street below the window of our hotel, which dates back to 1407.

We wandered around the heart of the old city today, and explored the Dom (cathedral) Residenz Palace, St. Peter's Cemetery and the Mirabelle gardens.




This cemetery is really something to behold, full of lovely flowers and plants and vines, each grave individually planted and cared for by the relatives of those who lie there, as is the European tradition. It inspires a reverence, both because it is the final resting place of many of the city's forebears, but also for the meticulous care of each of these miniature gardens, so lovingly tended.
The Mirabelle Gardens are beautiful, in the true European tradition of formal gardens - carefully sculpted and arranged.

It was sunny and dry all day. We walked and we stopped for a little pastry, and we walked a little more and stopped for a little more pastry!

Tomorrow - more walking, sightseeing and pastry!

3 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Glad to see that you finally got a sunny day Diana. The cemetary is so pretty with all the colorful flowers. Those formal gardens are quite a spectacle. I am glad I don't have to be worried with too much formality.

Diana said...

Yeah - love looking at the structure and design of the formal gardens - they are lovely. But they aren't me. Just the same, I can appreciate all the work and inspiration that has gone into them...

iggee said...

oh my gosh... these pictures are so gorgeous and totally amazing!! I love old cemeteries, too. Mark and I visited several on our short trip to Sweden a few years ago, and they were beautifully maintained as well. Can't wait to see where you go next!