Salzburg, Austria

The car GPS indicated the drive from Vienna to Salzburg was 2 hours 50 minutes.  There was considerable traffic when we were trying to get out of Vienna.  Once out of the city, it was a divided four lane with a speed limit of 130 km/h (81 mph).  There were occasional reductions to 100 km/h around interchanges, but for the most part the posted speed limit was 130 km/h.  Off and on there was light rain, more like a drizzle.  The traffic was fairly heavy and a truck passing another truck would mean significant braking at times.  In Europe, drivers do not sit in the passing lane.  They use the lane to pass and then move to the right lane.  (I wish drivers in the US would behave that way.) The challenge on the drive to the Saltzberg was if you pulled into the right lane and there was a truck ahead, you would close the distance  quickly and be unable to pull into the passing lane because a cluster of cars were doing 145 km/h or more.  Typically the cluster included cars from Audi, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and BMW.

While in Vienna we saw multiple Bentleys.  On the road to Salzburg, we saw a tractor trailer carrying 4 new Bentleys, not a sight you see everyday.

Yesterday, it was raining in Salzburg.  Unfortunately rain was the forecast for the four days we plan to be here.  The girls are reading, watching YouTube and laying around.

Our apartment was on the level with the balcony.  For the first time this trip we parked the car in the garage.  For the first time in two months the interior of the car was vacuumed. The apartment had a nice backyard.  A big bonus was four bicycles that were stored in the garage.  The Salzach River was a half block from the apartment. It had a great bike path.  The people of Salzburg are cyclists.
Salzburg is serious about bicycle parking.
A line of bicycle garages. Very civilized!

On our street (Bergheimerstrasse) were clay figures that adorned the front door of a neighboring house.  We were at Bergheimerstrasse 49 49.

A look across the Salzach River.
We thought that Paris was the only pedestrian bridge where couples used padlocks as a way to demonstrate the permanence of their love.  Once a couple locks it to the bridge, they throw the key in the river.  No combination locks for these couples.


Meeting Josh and Val in Vienna

We met Josh and Val at their hotel.  Josh is Marcia’s second cousin on the Campbell-Fenwick side of the family.  We missed them in Budapest because we had left for Vienna. Josh and Val arrived in Vienna the day we departed for Saltzberg.  However, we overlapped for a lunch get together.

Marcia, Val, Josh, and Jack

Before we met Josh and Val for lunch we headed to the Anchor Clock to see the parade of figures rotate on the hour. The Anchor Clock is set in an elevated bridge between between two buildings owned by the Anker Insurance Co.  It was built between 1911 and 1914.  The Anchor Clock was created in the Art Nouveau style by painter and sculptor, Franz von Matsch.

We arrived about 10 minutes before noon and a small crowd had already gathered.  The girls were unsuccessful in their efforts to practice patience.  Noon came and went without seeing any action on the clock.  At 12:05, people were looking at their watches and wondering.  In another couple of minutes the clock finally started.

When the clock strikes 12:00 the figures in the center parade across the face of the Anchor Clock.
Lots of smartphone moviemakers taking video of the Anchor Clock. 
Even across the street, tourists were taking in the sights and music of the Anchor Clock.