September 29, 2014

Old Town Salzburg, Austria.


The Makartsteg bridge spans the Salzach River linking the new city (where the Mirabell Palace and Gardens are located) with old town Salzburg.  From the bridge you can grab some gorgeous shots highlighting the famous baroque architecture and Hohensalzburg Fortress perched in the distance.  It is all sorts of magical.  Old Salzburg is very well preserved down to the small details and architectural nuisances.

Before arriving I was honestly most excited to visit locations made famous by the Sound of Music and see where Mozart was born, but I quickly realized just how much more Salzburg has to offer!

The historic city center is a world heritage site filled with so.many. insanely intricate and lovely churches and abbeys to visit. Salzburg is sort of a breath of fresh air in Europe, both figuratively and literally.  The older part of town is small and easy to navigate, the locals are kind, and you easily feel at home as if it is an even smaller, less famous city.

 
 

That last photo was taken from the fortress, but offers a good aerial view of the division of Salzburg and river flowing through it.  I love that the city is encompassed by beautiful alpine vistas going out from all sides.  It felt like such a treasure and honestly took me a little by surprise,  The tightly wound streets, colorful buildings, kind people, large open air market.... I was obviously a little smitten with Salzburg.

September 26, 2014

Salzburg, Getreidegasse and Mozart's Home.

The streets of Salzburg are a standout in the city.  Old signs sway outward from the buildings on the Getreidegasse, which make even the H&M seem majestic and rich with history.  Getreidegasse 9 is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and lived until the age of 17.  Here are a few shots of the iconic street....

 
 

September 25, 2014

Birthday Cake and Chocolate Martini Recipes.

I realized in looking at my blog statistics that the image of my martini had been pinned from my birthday week post, so I finally decided to make a proper post with ingredients.

Rather than post exact measurements, my husband (the bartender), suggested this be written in parts, so you can make your drink as small or large as you want.  A part can be a shot, or more, if you want to make up a batch.  The key to both martinis is Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and Bailey's.  They are worth the investment, and so much cheaper in the long run than spending $8-15 dollars on a dessert cocktail at a restaurant or bar.  Don't forget the garnishes, they are essential!


^This terrible cell phone photo is all I have- haha!

Birthday Cake Martini
1 part birthday cake flavored vodka
1 part Bailey's Irish Cream
1 part Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Splash of milk
Frosting/sprinkles for rimming

1. Rim glass with frosting, then coat with sprinkles
2.  Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice
3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

Chocolate Martini
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part Bailey's Irish Cream
1 part Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Chocolate syrup for garnish (not for cocktail shaker)

1.  Drizzle chocolate syrup in a martini glass
2. Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice
3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

Cheers!

September 19, 2014

Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg, Austria.


Salzburg is one of those cities that basically oozes charm without trying too hard.  It's adorable, well kept, and you can really see a lot in one day!  It was about a 1.5 hour train ride from Munich, and it is well worth *at least* a day trip.  The train ride itself is breathtaking... (excuse the glare), but take a gander at these vistas rolling into Salzburg...



After getting off the train, we headed to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.  It is a lovely baroque style palace and grounds.  The best part is that scenes from the Sound of Music were filmed here!  Maria and the children run around the fountain below and through the gardens while singing!


Inside the palace is incredibly ornate.  Marble, gold, crystal chandeliers, it has it all!

 
 


As beautiful as the inside is, the gardens (with city and fortress views) were my favorite part.  I could sit and people watch there for hours.  Especially on a day as beautiful as this one was!



 
 
 



More of Salzburg to come, so if you love Sound of Music as much as I do, stay tuned!

p.s.  Today is my birthday!!  Woo hoo!  Don't worry, I am celebrating somewhere tropical that I am likely over-graming here. ;)