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Italy, Florence: Florence’s City Hall

It is free to wander thru the Cortile (courtyard) di Michelozzi of the Palazzo Vecchio (townhall of Florence). One reason to come here is to see a copy of Michaelangelo’s statue of David. The original sat here from 1504 to 1873, when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery. This replica erected in 1910 now stands in its place.

The first courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo. The frescoes on the walls were painted in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari for the wedding celebration of Francesco I de’ Medici, the eldest son of Cosimo I de’ Medici, to Archduchess Johanna of Austria, sister of the Emperor Maximilian II. They depict cities of the Austrian Habsburg monarchy: Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Vienna, Hall in Tirol, Freiburg im Breisgau and Konstanz.

Austria, Vienna: Mountain Views from the Bus


You never mind long bus rides – this one from Vienna to Venice – when this is the kind of mountain scenery you are passing.


Austria, Salzburg: Archway Salzburg, Austria


Walking through the streets of old city in Salzburg, Austria still has the feel of an old city.

Austria, Salzburg: Fun Souvenirs in Salzburg Austria


You can find these handmade people in old city, Salzburg Austria.


Austria, Salzburg: Mozart in Salzburg


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756. His family lived there from 1747 to 1773. Mozart was the 7th child of Leopold Mozart, who himself was a musician of the Salzburg Royal Chamber.


Austria, Salzburg: Alleyways in Salzburg, Austria


You can enjoy a stroll in old town as streets meander in narrow alleys and curves.

Austria, Salzburg: Food Stalls in Salzburg


Lunch is easy in Salzburg. Everyone of all ages enjoys the crusty breads, varieties of wursts and cheeses found in carts around old city of Salzburg, Austria.

Austria, Salzburg: Original Salzburger Mozartkugel


Cafe-Konditorei Fürst created a treat made of marzipan, pistachios, nougat and dark chocolate and was renowned for its perfectly round shape. Each individual bonbon is put on a small wooden stick to be dipped into the chocolate.

Paul Furst opened a confectionery shop at Brodgasse 13 on Salzburg’s Alter Markt marketplace square in 1884. This shop quickly became popular with Salzburg’s fashionable crowd and the crowd loved these Salzburger Mozartkugel. You can find them all over old city in Salzburg, Austria.

Austria, Salzburg: “Sound of Music” Fountain


The Residence Square, where you can find this baroque fountain, is the heart of the old city center of Salzburg, Austria. In the film, “The Sound of Music”, Maria (played by Julie Andrews) walked across the square singing “I Have Confidence” while on her way to the Trapp family home for the first time.

Residence Fountain at 15 metres high is the largest baroque fountain outside of Italy. It was built between 1658 and 1661, and enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame when Maria stopped there to splash water at the horses while singing “I Have Confidence”. The song was not from the original Broadway show but added for the film version. I would remember this as I saw the Broadway show 13 times as my Dad worked there.

Austria, Innsbruck: Fancy Crystal Chapeaux


Photo ops at the end of the tour at Swarovski Crystal Worlds near Innsbruck, Austria.