Up early As though we are still on tour, breakfast in our hotel and picked up by bus tour company to do The Sound of Music Tour. This was a 4 hour tour through Saltzburg and out into the beautiful countryside to places they used in the film 50 Years ago. It was fun and we did sing the songs from the movie and stageshow. A great honest guide though who later told us the real life story after telling us that half the places used we 2 or 3 places plus studios and film sets.
We travelled out to a beautiful little town where Maria got married to see the beautifully ornate church there. Quite a bit of it was out of bounds as a wedding for a car hire firm magnate was just about to be married there. All the rich and beautiful people were invited and I certainly felt underdressed as they passed us in the finery. Very hot today so des and I sat down in a quite street to eat icecreams. Suddenly some large black extremely flash cars pulled up with darkened windows and out got those inside, clearly looking for where to park in the small village. Right beside us was a handsome man in blue suit. I nudged Des and said, "isn't that Cliff Richard" Des immediately called out "Hi Cliff" He turned around and looked right at us and said "hi" back then got straight back in the car. I got a very shaky picture of him as I got such a shock my hands were shaking. We wondered if he was going to sing at the wedding perhaps. So that was the highlights of our Sound of Music tour folks.
Back to Saltzburg and enough time for a quick bite to eat before our next tour began out to the salt mines this time.
Temperatures had soared to 30 degrees today so that wasn't helping our tiredness as it's quite humid also and Des's cold is really much worse today.
Back on another tour bus and heading out of the city in another direction this time, towards, Germany and the mountains. The countryside is definitely the best part of these 2 Tours for me. Lisa and Anton have done these tours but neglected to tell me about the wooden slides you go down to get to lower levels in the mine. All quite amazing really but I found it a bit terrifying really. First, you all put on boiler suits and get on a little train that travels fast through the mine at 12 Degrees temp so it's pretty cold compared to outside naturally. You get off and head down this long wooden slide very fast to look around at he workings of the mine. You go in a boat across the water in the mine then on another slide going even deeper in the mine. Then, you are on another wooden slide going even further down (in fact, 5 Levels by now).Next, you are in a funicular which holds about 57 people and up to the train going very fast along the tunnel again. You are finally out where you strip of your boiler suit.All the time there is a scary unsmiling German man speaking in German and you just follow those who understand him without having a clue what's going to happen next. Were we going to the gas chamber I wondered? I actually did not enjoy this experience very much Lisa, sorry. however, we did then cross the boarder for afternoon tea in a lovely little German village then back to Saltzburg by 6pm.
Enough time to do some washing while Des went to bed and I then met Tony, my Brother, for dinner at a lovely little cafe across the river where we sT outside, looking across at the river, the churches,the town, the fortress on the hill and all the people out enjoying lovely warm Saturday evening, while we looked at each other's iPads photos of what we had both done today. Tony had stayed in the town but climbed up high to the fortress, walked along the ramparts and generally, had a wonderful day also. Tomorrow, he joins us on another tour.