My sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Bob, and Pat, a friend that I had been put in touch with when we went to Portugal the previous winter, flew to Frankfurt, with a plan to visit Austria and Hungary, and to meet up with Gisela and Wolfgang, our Berlin friends. We collected our rental car in Frankfurt and drove to Wurzburg. No room in the inn, here, so we drove on to a small wine town, Randersacker, which was just south of Wurzburg, where we checked into a hotel.
We drove back to Wurzburg where we visited the castle and ate in the castle restaurant; then visited the Residency garden with its flowering apple trees. Since this was May 1st, there was a festival in progress, in perfect weather!
The next day we drove to Salzburg in Austria.
Below the Palace we could see the chessboard in the Platz with people playing with oversized chess pieces! Then we took the little cog railway up, up to the Festunghaus, which is the Palace/Fortress of Salzburg; it provided a lovely view of Salzburg and made a nice coffee stop.
In the morning we had intended to drive out in the mountains, but unfortunately the weather was too foggy and rainy. So instead we shopped, walked around town to see the sights, rested and ate at the wonderful Eulenspiegel Restaurant, where I had asparagus (it’s the season) and strudel.
That evening Gisela and Wolfgang arrived from Berlin by car. It was great to see them again. Gisela had run into an acquaintance in the hotel—someone who was on the board of the art museum for which Gisela worked in Berlin—small world!
Tomorrow we’ll head for the lake country—stay tuned!