Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Salzburg, Austria

In July 1972 I flew back to Europe for the first time since we left Germany in 1957. One of my many stops was the city of Salzburg in Austria.
There was an excellent vantage point that I found above the old town from where I took a number of photos. I walked there from my hotel which was in a newer part of the city.
There was an excellent view of the surrounding mountains in the Austrian Alps and a view of the countryside.
Then there was the view of the castle, Hohensalzberg!
The image above shows a typical view of a street in the old town. Remember, this was July 1972!
I met up with my former grade 11 German teacher and we drove to the base of a mountain called the Untersberg where we took a cable car (Seilbahn) up to its summit.
I took a photo of her trying to make sense of the telescope and its instructions. Below is an image with a view of Salzburg and the countryside through a break in the clouds. Salzburg was used as a setting for the 1960s movie called "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as the Baron von Trapp. The film is based upon a true story but the real story is different from what appears in the movie. I hope you've enjoyed the photos! There will be more as I made quite a few other stops on this trip. - V

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