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Center Stage: European Tour Day 5

Friday, May 19, 2013

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On our third day in Austria, everyone toured Salzburg and visited the famous Salt Mines.  One of the amazing first views of Salzburg was the fortress on top of the hill.  Some students climbed the many stairs to tour look out across Salzburg.


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Everyone enjoyed touring around Salzburg.  Students Jenna Engelberth and Blake Nash, along with Director Jeff Vallier toured around the lovely city by horse carriage.


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Salzburg, Austria is the birth place of Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart.  Here is a statue commemorating his life and music.


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 “Mozarts Geburtshaus” means “Mozart's birth house”.  This is where Mozart was born and spent his early years.


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Everyone toured the salt mines of Hallein, which is a small town south of Salzburg, Austria.  “White Gold” was being mined here as early as the time of the Celts, more then 2,500 years ago.   It played a crucial role in the history of the area around Salzburg.


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For the tour of the salt mines, everyone wore dashing white jumpsuits!  The salt mines stay at a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. 


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The tour begins by everyone loading a train to enter the salt mines.  We couldn't wait to begin our tour!


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Students boarded the train and traveled deep within the salt mines! 


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While touring the salt mines, we actually crossed the border from Austria into Germany.


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Deep in the heart of the salt mine this block of [pure salt was found.


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While touring the mines, we were able to view historical pieces used in the first days of mining.  We also saw displays showcasing salt formations as seen here.


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To travel quickly from place to place in the mines, the miners constructed slides to slide down on.  We traveled down two slides, one of which is seen here traveled by Junior Alyssa Wick and Senior Colton  Withers.


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Freshman Acamie Catron is seen here tasting salt water from the mine consisting of 27% salt content.


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After the touring the salt mines, we took a scenic route while traveling to Munich, Germany.

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