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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
Salzburg....
 

AHA!  More food........we are heading for a long and busy day in this magnificent old medieval castle city so we enjoy a hearty breakfast.  Our friend JEFF CARSON (the Tunnel King), Member #7228-LIFE joined us.

The next several photos are the palace grounds here and the various statues including those of Mozart, who was born very near to the statue in the photo below.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

In the two photos above we see the massive castle high above the city, and that is where we are headed next.

After a prayer or two, we board what appears to be a self-propelled casket and we are shot up the very steep incline into the castle waaaaay up in the clouds.

The photos that follow are in and around the castle far above the city.....including a restaurant that features great hot chocolate and ice cream sundaes.  Come on - it is cold up here and we need the hot chocolate.

     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 


 

Lunch in a historic place!  Thanks to a friend in Austria who prefers not to be named, we have reservations in a very historic tavern.  You will remember the sausage restaurant in Nürnberg that was in business in 1419?  The Zipfer was already 119 years old before zum Güldner Stern opened their doors the first time.  Zipfer opened for business in the year 1300!  The Salzburg historian Hofadvokat Judas Taddäus Zaurner lived here as did the sister of Mozart (Nannerl); the musician and Mozart researcher Erich Schenk was born here on 5 May 1912.

As we walked toward this historic place through a narrow passage, our way was blocked by seemingly a homeless man.  We tried to walk around him but each time, he moved to block our path.

 
     
 

What was the outcome of our encounter with this homeless man?  In English, he said "Hello Harry" so upon a closer look, it turned out to be our good friend TONY BOWLEY, Member #7726!  By sheer coincidence he was wandering about in Salzburg sightseeing and he just happened to bump into our group.  Naturally we invited him to join us for lunch.

As we see in the photo below, TONY hadn't shaved and his hair was uncombed.  He said he looked this way because he had been eating real food and he made us promise not to take his photograph eating food - only drinking beer.

Actually, we both look a little beat up............

     
 
     
 

Not far from Zipfer as we note by this plaque, once stood the Gestapo Headquarters.  Having enjoyed a great meal with the best waiter we experiences in these two weeks, we departed Salzburg and returned to Berchtesgaden but on the way we stopped at a cemetery for about 1,000 men killed in this area at the end of the war - killed by the occupying French forces!  Apparently the Soviets were not the only ones guilty of "Hellstorm" as the French here in this area were killing Germans on a wholesale basis after the surrender and gang raping the women for days until the U.S. Army was forced to intercede and stop the French.

 
     
Many here were killed after the end of the war.  
     
 
     
 
     
 

The two photos directly above are of the grave of Paula Hitler, Adolf Hitler's sister.  Why is there a plaque with another name - a man and his wife?  There is a long story here but this is the grave of Paula Hitler.

To the left is the marker for Fritz Todt.  He was in charge of construction for the Reich until he loudly berated Hitler in front of his officers at the Wolfsschanze, claiming that Hitler had blundered and lost the war.  The next day as Todt's plane lifted off the runway for his return to Berlin, the plane was only about 300 meters in the air and it mysteriously blew up..................  His wife and daughters killed themselves a few days after the end of the war.  It is reported that the round the clock rapes of the French forces were the reason for their suicides.

 

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