Thursday, September 24, 2009


On Monday we headed south to Klagenfurt to see Minimundus, literally "miniature world" which has more then 175 scale models of structures from around the world.

The boys loved the trains. I think they could have watched them for hours.

Both Grandpa Mac and Weston have seen the Great Wall in person so we thought it was only fitting that we take a picture of them by the miniature version.

It was raining that day and we were a little concerned about keeping the boys dry. So we wrapped their legs in towels and then put a plastic bag around them. These two bags also served as our shopping bags. When you go food shopping in Austria you have to provide you own bag to take the food home in. So these bags were well used on our trip.

I hope to one day see this in person. I have already told Weston that I would love to go to Italy.

Well after we saw Minimundus we(Grandpa Mac and Weston) decided that since we were so close to the Slovenia border that we should go visit Slovenia for a while

Here is a picture of a Slovenia country side. We didn't stay in Slovenia very long, but we did decided to take the highway on the way home and not the scenic route. Well as we were about to pass the border we got pulled over by a border patrol agent and issued a 150 Euro ticket ($225) for not having a Slovenia highway pass. So our little side trip turned out to be rather expensive. So if you ever decid to go to Slovenia and you want to drive on the highway, make sure you buy a pass. We explained to the officer that we had no way of knowing that we needed the pass, but the law is the law.

On Tuesday we headed back into Salzburg. Our first stop was the Children's Museum.
The entrance into the Old City of Salzburg

Once again the boys loved the trains.

Then we went shopping!!! We went down Getreidegasse street. This is the main shopping street in the Old City. It had a bit of everything: elegant clothes stores, international shoe chains and even a McDonalds. It is also the street that has Mozart's birthplace-Getreidegasse No. 9. It was so fun at least for me to go into all the shops and I could have spent more time, but all the shops close at noon until two for lunch.

Mozart Birthplace

Not everyone goes home during their two hour lunch break, some stop to play Chess. Weston could have watched the whole game.

Then we went to the Fortress Hohensalzburg- one the largest preserved medieval fortress in Central Europe. Our tour guide looking at his map :)

By this time all the boys wanted to do was play.

Walter riding the bull. Walter must have looked really cute this day because two different tourists asked if they could take a picture of him and one asked if she could have her picture taken with him.
Last thing for the day was the Marionette puppet show of what else but "The Sound of Music" We weren't allowed to take pictures but everyone had a great time.


The Wallace Family said...

How awesome!!! I didn't even know you were going to Austria until someone told me you were there! Wow, am I out of the loop!?! We were only in Salzburg for a day, but it was wonderful...we spent more time in Vienna. I want to hear all about your adventure!!!

Amber said...

Looks like such a great trip! Love all the pictures!