Salzburg / Rosenheim Christmas markets

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kayla and I had been planning our "Salzburg Christmas weekend" for quite some time. We had planned to meet in Rosenheim (where Kayla lives) and ride to Salzburg together....our plans changed, however, when a snowstorm hit my town, cancelling/delaying the buses which then caused me to miss the first train to Rosenheim (the one I had planned to take). In a panicked frenzy, I bought the wrong train ticket (there were no attendants working at the station due to snow so I used the machine and bought a ticket which was scheduled for a different day - then couldn't exchange it at the desk since no one was working!). This ended up costing me 17 extra euro; not the end of the world but frustrating, especially whenever you need every cent you have for Christmas shopping!

Then, to make matters worse, the trains were delayed all the way to Salzburg - and so crowded that they were standing room only! I called Kayla, frustrated, and told her to go on without me and that I'd be there as soon as I could. She asked me if I'd rather turn around and go back since the going had gotten so tough. I considered it for a moment but since I had already been on the way for 6 hours (and the trip is normally, what, 3 hours?), that I may as well stick it out. I am so glad I did. As soon as I got to Salzburg, I hopped on the bus, rode it a few stops to Mirabell Gardens, hopped off and ran to meet Kayla. It was so beautiful the rough day didn't matter. I have such fond memories of this short little trip with Kayla.










I wonder how many times I said, "My mom would love this!" or "I wish my mom were here!" or "Gotta take a picture of this for my mom!"
Every year, the city of Salzburg converts Mozartplatz into a skating rink.
We rode to Rosenheim together on the following day and enjoyed the snowy scenery. We used Kayla's headphone splitter while listening to Enya's "Trains and Winter Rains". Perfection! I love her whole Christmas album. By the way, isn't her jacket so fluffy and cute?

We literally had 10 minutes to walk through the Rosenheim market before I had to catch my train to Nuremberg. Luckily for me, once you've seen 340 Christmas markets (or something like that), you've kinda seen them all. :)


Highlights:
*Buying so many Christmas gifts for friends and family
* Seeing a snowy Salzburg for the first time in a year
*Kayla finding money on the ground 3 different times (for a total of 11 euro),
although I did keep thinking, "Why couldn't I have found that first?!"

20 comments:

Cassandra said...

how I wish to being spending the holidays in Germany!

-Cassandra

Jan said...

Again, beautiful pictures!! I wish I could have been there too.

Summer said...

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Christine said...

Looks great and SO very Christmassy :D

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Natalie said...

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Kaleido Mind said...

i love how there are lights EVERYWHERE!!! hope you had a great christmas:)

Mighty Burns said...

are those little lights just everywhere or what? How pretty!

Bridget said...

gorgeous!!!! to be there at christmastime... love it.

wishful nals said...

sounds a bit stressful, but what gorgeous photos! and i love christmas/winter markets. i was in paris a few weeks ago and it was one of my favorite parts. i love the holidays. xo

Jessica said...

The Christmas markets sound awesome! How jealous, she found money three times?! Lucky!

Kate said...

hi hi! i just stumbled upon your sweet little blog and couldn't help but hit the follow button! i so look forward to following your adventures in the months to come! xo

Tucker said...

I LOVE Salzburg!! These photos are lovely!! I would love to see salzburg during christmastime (:

Barbara said...

oh beautiful pictures and place :)

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bird brains said...

gorgeous photos! i love the lights everywhere!

Melissa @ Bubby and Bean said...

Beautiful!!!

dulci said...

This is so cool! Love the lights in the market.

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Red Boots said...

Wow, it looks wonderful! We only get fake German markets in the UK, so to see a real one is very exciting! I hope to spend a Christmas in Germany one year!! x

Ahn said...

i've been to Salzburg during christmas time. it's so beautiful. jealous.

Family Travellers said...

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