Friday, April 06, 2007

Pictures from Austria

Salzburg is a very quaint and peaceful little city (140,000 people) that sits against the Northern tip of the Alps. I would have to say that of all the places I have visited in Europe over the years, Salzburg is one of my favorites. Pictures below.

A picture from the rooftop restaurant of my hotel looking South over the heart of the city toward the Alps.

A picture of Getreidegasse (the main shopping street) facing the old cathedral at the end of the street.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in this house.

There is a ridge that divides the town of Salzburg. They are so bike friendly in the town that they have 3 entrances dug into the mountain. The car tunnel is completely separate. There are separate entrances for bikes and walkers. The bike and walker tunnels become one in the mountain and exit on the other side. You can see light through the bike tunnel entrance making it seem short, but it is actually about 120 meters long.

A shot of Lake Konigssee which is a small lake in the Alps. We boarded a boat and went across the lake to have lunch. You can only get to the restaurant by boat.

A shot of the Alps surrounding Lake Konigssee.

I promised my bro Sully that I would try to get him a Catlike helmet while in Europe. Catlike helmets are no longer available in the US. They have great styling in my opinion. They are not even easy to find in Europe. I had to go to 3 shops to find this one. The shop, Bike Palast, turned out to be one of the coolest shops I have ever been in. They were a high-end shop with an ungodly inventory of bikes, tools, clothes, etc.


Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Welcome back.
Awesome photos; looks like it was a great trip (even if you had to work).
You have got to love the european attitude about cycling. They integrate it into the culture, their city planning and even the transportation systems. We are so backwards and ignorant here.
That is a cool gift for your bro; will you adopt me?
I think those helmets are worn by the Eusketel team. It looks familiar.

4/6/07, 9:18 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

I think Phonak used to wear them, too. Then they work the Giro Atmos. And then ... well, they folded.

4/6/07, 9:23 AM  
Blogger lauren said...

wow! great pictures. so pretty!

4/6/07, 9:35 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

welcome back! great pics! makes me want to go back over there.

peace out, yo!

4/6/07, 10:08 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oldman and Bryan - yes, both Phonak and Eusketel use the Catlike helmets.

Lauren and Blue - you could room together to save money.

4/6/07, 10:59 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

While you were off having fun in Europe - us poor buggers are back here in Michigan digging in snow for those Easter eggs - and Oldmanandhisbike is really getting slammed over on the pinkie side of the mitten state - sorry old man :-(
but I will say - WOW those ARE nice photos -

4/6/07, 12:06 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Welcome back, Mr. Fancy Pants! Did you dazzle the Europeans with your jeans? Great Pictures!

4/6/07, 9:46 PM  

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