Monday, September 10, 2007
Austria via Liechtenstein!
En route to Austria, we stopped in the 6th smallest country in the world, Liechtenstein. It is only abut 62 square miles with a population of about 34,000. We visited the Capital, Vaduz, and as you would expect of anyplace nestled in the Alps...the panorama of views was spectacular! Sitting high up on a hill is the castle/museum of the reigning Prince. Not much else to say about this small principality except it was beautiful and fun to be in a place that most people have not even heard of!
Forging ahead, we made it to Innsbruck, Austria, the site of the 1976 Winter Olympics. We stopped to tour a beautiful church decorated in the Rococo style. Across the street, we could see the ski jumps still up from the Olympics! As you can see from the photo of the inside, the church is beautifully preserved and there is not one square inch that is not decorated with plaster & paintings!
Next, a visit to the town of Innsbruck, through which the Inn River flows--the only river in Europe that flows North! Typical of all Alpine towns, everywhere you look are beautiful snow covered mountains. We walked around the town, admiring the beautiful architecure of the buildings. We saw the summer palace of Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of Austria. She ruled in the late 1700s. Now we are beginning to learn a lot of history of Europe.
The evening's entertainment was a Tyrolean Music show complete with lederhosen clad dancers slapping themselves and each other! Yodeling, singing, and dancing and a wonderful finale where the singers managed to sing in multiple languages and include every nationality that was present! There was one song I must mention--it was a lady singing a song about a cow. Well, funny enough, yes, but rolling-on-the-floor hilarious when she starts mooing during the song! Of course, after a few drinks, on the bus on the way home, we all practiced our mooing skills!
Next: Hear of Mozart & The Sound of Music!