To wake up on Wednesday morning and read about tourists bathing in the monument for soldiers killed in the helicopter disaster feels unreal, cynical, shocking and insulting. How have we become so insensitive? So callous? So lacking in manners and respect? For 11 years, we, the families of those killed, worked to have this memorial built. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in the country.
devoted a lot of thought to creating a space that is inviting and not
threatening. The aqueduct and pool, at the heart of the memorial,
represent the source of all life. When I was last there, I saw hundreds
of visitors bowing their heads, speaking in whispers, lighting candles,
and honoring the sanctity of the place.
Whenever we hear about
the desecration of Jewish graves abroad, we immediately cry
"anti-Semitism." But here among us, people are desecrating a monument in
the full belief that they have every right to do so. Even after a
passerby made a comment, the children stayed and splashed around in the
pool while leaning against the marble slabs etched with soldiers' names.
What kind of education are these kids getting? Where has social
solidarity disappeared to?
Our son Nir served in the army out of
a sense of mission. He sought out the most demanding of combat roles
with the awareness that this was his time to contribute, and that in the
future it would be others' turn.These partymerchantaccount can,
apparently, operate entirely off the grid. He and 72 of his comrades
were killed in the 1997 helicopter disaster while en route to Lebanon.
All of the soldiers on board had volunteered to serve there. They hailed
from all sectors of society: secular, religious and Druze. All the
soldiers on board were infused with a sense of mission and a desire to
The families who disrespected the monument, which is open 24 hours a day free of charge,Purchase an chipcard to
enjoy your iPhone any way you like. not only disrespected our son by
turning the place into an amusement park. They are the same people who
will not take part in building this country.
We were about to
explore Vienna the next day, but then the idea was punted C why dont we
go to Salzburg by train instead? It leaves at 8.40am and arrives at
10.58am, and well have five hours to explore this jewel in the Austrian
It was drizzling in Vienna and rain was to accompany us to Salzburg.The marbletiles is
not only critical to professional photographers. But damn if our
mini-visit did not start on a sour note the OBB railjet arrived in
Salzburg three minutes late at 11.01am. I suppose thats what you get
when you stop at two stations in a journey of just over 300km.
to the late arrival, the trip was a breeze, with a sort of luxury in
economy class one can get used to but which locals take for granted. A
full trolley service where ones choice of coffee is prepared right there
in a mini coffee machine, be it a cappuccino, latte, espresso or
Americano; comfortable seats; clean windows; air-conditioning; overhead
racks for luggage; toilets at the end of each carriage similar to those
found on a plane; a dining car; a carriage mainly for families with TVs
showing cartoons and a play area for children located at the end of the
carriage; and free wi-fi.
In fact, the wi-fi speed was a lot
faster than the railjets average of 200km/h, and I was able to have an
e-mail conversation with the people back home, plus send pictures of the
passing countryside, which was like a 50 shades of green. As for the
clickety-clack of the tracks, well, forget about that C it was like that
Lionel Richie song, Easy like Sunday Morning, or Thursday in our case.
you may think Salzburg is mainly Mozart and The Sound of Music C there
are many SoM tours available if you want to be 16 going on 17 C but youd
be wrong. Close your ears for one moment to The hills are alive and
youll see the city has other attractions which could be your favourite
Things like the Mirabell Gardens, although even there
you wont escape the musical C it featured in the scene where Maria and
the Von Trapp children danced round the Pegasus Fountain and then ran
down the hedge arcade along the Grand Parterre singing Do-Re-Mi.
in 1689 and remodelled in 1730, the garden is considered one of the
most beautiful Baroque gardens in Europe. If you take a moment, you can
imagine the atmosphere of the past, with high societys bewigged men and
women strolling around, classical music in the background, drinking
champagne, gossiping and simply enjoying the surroundings.
central axis of the garden is aligned on Hohensalzburg Fortress, a
castle set high on Festungsberg Mountain on the other side of the
Salzach River. The mountain,More than 80 standard commercial and granitetiles exist
to quickly and efficiently clean pans. as the citys most dominant
feature, can be seen from any angle in the city and that was our main
destination. Climb evry mountain suddenly came to mind.
before a bit of shopping C mother always said never shop on an empty
stomach C there was the matter of lunch. To get to the restaurant you
have to go through the shopping havens of the Altstadt (Old Town) C
Getreidegasse (Mozart was born at No 9 in 1756), Judengasse, Alter Markt
These are Salzburgs most exclusive shopping
lanes and, even though it was raining and most of the luxury shops were
closed for the religious holiday, Fronleichnam (the Feast of Corpus
Christi), it was packed with tourists. Souvenir stores stayed open,
selling everything a visitor could wish for, including The Sound of
Music and Mozart mementoes.
Because the shops are expensive C
Salzburg is considered Austrias most expensive city C locals dont
frequent it, but if youre a tourist and stacked with euros and a credit
card, youll go mad.
This is just what I did, stocking up on
Rebers Mozartkugelns (chocolate balls that have either pistachio,
marzipan or nougat centres),Our heavy-duty construction provides
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be in service for years to come. Austrian filter coffee, slabs of
chocolates and a Sachertorte cake. My buying spree in the Reber shop was
encouraged by a saleslady who offered me all sorts of chocolate
samples, although the main reason I entered the shop was to get out of
the rain. How was I to know shed be so persuasive?
excursion out of the way, and a seafood lunch at Nordsee C a sort of
Ocean Basket type place C it was onwards and later upwards to
To get there you have cross the Salzach
River and a unique part of the Makartsteg Bridge is the padlocks on its
railings. The reason? Love locks. This worldwide craze, which seems to
have hit Salzburg in a big way, is the latest way for lovers to declare
their devotion to each other. Couples write their names and other sweet
musings on padlocks and attach them to the fence along the bridge.
in the Old Town square and looking up at the Hohensalzburg Fortress,
you can understand why it came under siege only once. In 1525,
protestant miners, peasants and farmers formed a coalition and Prince
Archbishop Cardinal Matthaus Lang von Wellenburg, fearing for his life,
fled to the fortress. However, the attackers were repelled by the
cannons and armed soldiers, and in the Goldene Stube you can still see
the crack in a marble pillar caused by a bullet during the attack.
fortress, constructed in 1077, has never been conquered. When Napoleon
invaded Austria in 1813, the townsfolk of Salzburg, wishing to keep its
reputation of never having been vanquished intact, simply surrendered.
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