Archive for July 9th, 2009

3 A.M. in Salzburg, and All’s Well!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Salzburg at Night

Salzburg at Night

So I ended up sleeping most of the way to Stuttgart, waking just enough to get off the train, wander out into the nearby street, and then find my way back to the train heading for Salzburg.  Once on this train, I more or less quickly fell back asleep until we had crossed into Austria.  Every now and then I’d come to just enough to see that we were still gliding by postcard-perfect landscapes, filled with green slopes, tidy houses tucked into stands of trees, inviting dirt roads winding through hedges, and corduroyed hillsides of terraced vineyards.

Salzburg was not the final stop on my train, so I wisely set my alarm for about 20 minutes before our scheduled arrival in Salzburg.  Not only did this prevent me from sleeping through my stop, but it also gave me the pleasure of taking in some even more stunning countryside, lit by the wonderful light of the last golden hour of sun and backed by rocky crags of the Austrian Alps.  Ironically, I disembarked one station too early, (more…)