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Glad the rain was today..

And trains are warm and cozy...

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I'm already a day behind. This will be a light post as yesterday was our travel day to Lucerne and it rained all day. A LOT of rain. Looking out from the train at the people standing in each of the train stops we went by made me grateful that for the most of the day we would be inside the train where it was warm and dry.

Our last morning in Salzburg had some really cool moments. After the usually great breakfast the Elefant's glamourous breakfast room, in packing up we had the window open (the rain had stopped at this point) and we were listening to the Sunday morning call to worship. When we suddenly heard loud banging of drums and a guy shouting. We thought maybe it was a protest of somekind or other.. it went for a like 15 minutes. Then we heard the cadence of drums into an easy march and looked out the window. There were guys in period costume marching down our street. Then it dawned these is a staged thing and with the historic City Hall just steps from us it made sense.. this was like a morning 'proclamation' event.

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With the morning news being delivered to the masses from the steps of City Hall. So cool !!! Glad we got to see that..
We also heard fake gun shots as they got down towards the square and then later a marching band going through the street behind us.

So we checked out and caught a taxi to the train station. One the way there we drove right back the Mirabelle Gardens... so got an even closer view!! Yay.. Salzburg was amazing, beautiful, romantic, peaceful... I kinda miss it.

The majority of the day was the train ride back to Switzerland. No pictures... just rain and more rain. We got off the super smooth rail jet and onto our first Swizz local train. Thank God we only had to move over one platform... we thought we might need to run. There were very few people in the first class car.. which was nice. We played cards till we got to Lucerne and chatted with a very lovely lady from Zurich.

The most fun last night was in the Shamrock pub! The one Melinda, the stewardess from Swiss Air told us about. Unfortunately she had woken up with a cold and sore throat, so could not meet us there but we went on our own. And had a GREAT time. We met two couples, who we hung out with. One, Janet and Dan, also known as 'Danette' (as a couple). Super sweet, and fun, it was their very first day on their European vacation. From St. Louis they were on their way up through Germany and ending in Amsterdam.

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Crazy thing is that Dan works in IT.. and just any IT but Healthcare IT. He works with an insurance company doing software development. Their goal is to support providers in meeting HEDIS Goals in order to both safe money and provide quality care.
it was pretty amazing and such a small world.!

Michael and Stephanie were next to us as well and were very helpful in finding a good restaurant in the area.

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We were going to head out to that place but instead decided to stay to join everyone in the Pub Quiz night! We did pretty good.. not great .. but not bad. LOL Did very well in the music quiz (big surprise). For a rainy night it was VERY nice to land here our first actual night in Switzerland ! I'm so excited for the rest. Tomorrow's forecast is for the rain to stop. And Pat is on deck to come back to the pub and play as much as he wants .. yay!

Posted by sstalpo 23:58 Archived in Switzerland Tagged lucerne

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