251. Hohensalzburg Castle

View from the Mirabell Gardens

Hohensalzburg Castle is the big ominous looking castle that basically takes up the entire hill that it sits on. From atop the hill there are also some marvelous views of Salzburg. It was a bit of a walk getting up there, but there’s a tram thing for the Americans.


187. Castello Sforzesco

After the parents practically threw me out of the car while it was still going so they could get back to their holiday, I had most of the day left in Milan before my flight to Berlin to meet my friends. It was something like 38 degrees, raging humidity and I had all my bags. All I wanted to do was find some air conditioning and a seat, perhaps even some wifi and any drink with ice in it, but I really felt like I should do some culture, so I made a second (successful) attempt at getting in to the Duomo (a more strict dress code than most night clubs) and checked out the Castello Sforzesco. Not only is it a grand old castle, but it hosts regular events and is chock full of museums. Having spent hours of my life learning the piano and cello, I would normally have been quite excited when one of the museums was full of old musical instruments. The beautiful gardens outside would usually also be quite the drawcard – I do love me a good walk. But with the oppressive heat I was too busy dreaming of an ice cold water to enjoy it, so it was a rather brief trip. At least the museums were free!

The other lesson of the day to share was that although the airport train goes from Cardona, only Centrale Stazione has luggage storage.

44. Inexplicable Museum

Whilst in Malmo I heard about a museum in a castle. Sounded pretty awesome to me! Turns out the castle was slightly less exciting than expected – it was of the more traditional and practicial variety. Or in other words, a big strong fortress of a brick building, lacking in intricate detail but probably achieved the true purpose of a castle in a much more efficient way.

I thought this was the castle, turns out it is the local casino

The actual castle. Far more ominous.

I didn’t have any explanation of what the theme of the musuem was (if any) but it certainly was varied. There were aquariums, nocturnal animals, stuffed animals and modern photography. There was an interactive exhibition about food where you got snacks – win! There was modern art probably meant to make profound statements (torso’s with pig’s heads). But it was all in swedish with no translations. Sometime museums and galleries don’t need explanations, but something felt just a bit off about not having the option of knowing the theme/concept/background. Some parts were fine, like what I can only assume was day-in-the-life-of type photography collections. Others the complete opposite – the cooking exhibition being one. Like Moon TV’s ‘Speed Cooking,’ those recipes were no good to me!

The truly perplexing image, however, was the following one, found in a collection of science-y diagrams about things including giving birth, diseases, HIV/AIDS and drugs.

Smoking, alcohol, drugs, fish?

You tell ME what the theme was. Because I’d really like to know.