In Salzburg, we woke to the news of the birth of great-niece Caitlin Emma in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, in Brisbane ... Shane, Caitlin, Cooper and Wendy
That was 12 April. That day we visited the international English-speaking church where Glynthea is minister and ate lunch in the exalted company of musicians in the cafeteria of the Mozarteum. And Chris spotted a Black Redstart frolicking on the edges of the Salzach River on the way back. That night, courtesy of Glynthea’s video, Geoff watched the opening scenes of The Sound of Music for the first time and his appreciation of Salzburg landmarks rose accordingly. Yes, we also ate cakes, saw Mozart's birthplace and generally accumulated good reasons to return to Salzburg.
Glynthea and Chris gaze at the Fortress in Salzburg, a la ‘The Sound of Music’
Then it was a matter of retracing our steps to Vienna, Helsinki and to a wet cold Hong Kong. As we settled gratefully into our hotel there, the BBC news was full of the airspace closing behind us. We caught up on some jet lag and on the news of good friends in Hong Kong before heading out to an airport where the departure boards were full of the red ink of cancelled European flights.
Thankfully all we had to complain about was a delayed bus connection between Sydney and Canberra.
So, in lieu of postcards, here are some more photos for you. We hope you enjoy them and that this epistle finds you well.
On one of our walks around Großer Alpsee
A coot in the clear waters of the Großer Alpsee near Immenstadt
Even the woodstacks were picturesque