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Vienna – Another City I Cheated for a Day (28 Dec)

I woke attempting to repeat the same success I had with Salzburg the day before. I should have known that today would be different from the 3 snoozes it took me to finally get out of bed. I had mapped out a few things the night before so I decided to take the metro out to Schönbrunn Palace where the Hapsburg’s ruled. One famous emperor that ruled here was Franz Josef I of Austria. I’ll talk a little about him later. After taking the audio guide I’ve come to admire him. I took the audio guide tour which was very fascinating. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow photos but it resembled other palaces I’ve taken photos of before. I learned a lot about each of the emperor’s and by far Franz Josef is my favorite. He believed that the position of Emperor was a civil servant position which required diligent work by him, which meant he spent most of his days behind a desk in his office, often seeing more than 100 people a day. He was known for his incredible memory as he supposedly never forgot a face and remembered everyone’s names, even though he might only see them for a few minutes. I don’t know what kind of policies he enacted but this is a good start for an emperor, gives that style of government a good name. He also was completely devoted to his wife, and on the day she died, he was said to have remarked to one of persons close to him in status, “You do not know how much I loved that woman.” A little bit sad as his wife did not feel the same at all. It was an arranged marriage and she felt the institution of marriage was a (paraphrase) commitment which women were forced to make at 16 years of age not...

Salzburg in a Day – The Wrong Way (27 Dec)

I got into Salzburg the night of the 26th and hoped to find a place to stay. Unfortunately, the first hostel I tried was fullup and 2 out of the 3 they recommended were either non existent or also full. But the third one was a quaint hotel in a remote part of town conveniently next to the train station which turned out to be quite nice on my way out. And the lady who ran it with her brother was very nice. Breakfast was included as well. I picked up a free map on the way to my room and checked it over, seeing which things I was going to hit. I decided to go big: So I took an early night to rest up for the marathon the next day. I made it eventually to the entrance and took the audio tourguide. I got to see the evolution of the castle starting in the early 15th century and on as each archbishop added more defenses and built it up higher and stronger. One of the first rooms we visited was the torture chamber. I skipped the Austrian WWI museum they had on display as I wasn’t really interested in that at the moment. I had an ancient castle to explore. I made it to the edge of the hill and walked down on the old town side to explore the town and the blue dots on the map. I was heading to the cemetery where Mozart’s family was buried, all except for him. The cemetery had some pretty cool tombstones and crypts. Next, I walked about part of another steep hill along the blue tour route. Unfortunately, my light was fading so I made an executive decision to skip number 8 on the tour map, which would require a walk all around a hill this side of...