December 14, 2009
Salzburg im Winter
Losing your Christmas cheer as you try to find your car in the myriad of greyness in the mall parking lot? This is what Salzburg looks like in winter. It's alright for some, isn't it?
I had the pleasure to be in Salzburg in April of 2003 when it decided to snow 2 or 3 inches. I became a master at layering my clothes. Truly crisp and beautiful, we chose that day to visit the fortress (icy) and to wander around St. Sebastian's and St. Peter's graveyards looking for relatives of Mozart. It was a pleasure to find Leopold Mozart and Constanze and her second husband between the cedars under the big flat flakes.
Earlier, we had been to Mozart's Geburtshaus, his birthplace. I felt a true frisson (Iris Murdoch likes that word) of excitement looking out Mozart's window thinking that he had done the same 240 years earlier.
This chapel in nearby Oberndorf is known as the Silent Night Chapel. It stands on the foundations of St. Nickolas Church where on Christmas Eve 1818 Joseph Mohr was able to perform Silent Night for the first time.