By late July, it gets very hot in southern Turkey. So, like last year, we flew off to Austria (on July 24) to see our sailing friends from “Risho Maru” and then house sit their flat in Vienna while they are off sailing. This time we flew to Salzberg and drove in our rental car to the Salzkammergut, the lake region to the east of Salzberg. Peter, Alexandra, and Finn of Risho Maru stayed in Peter’s sisters house in Mondsee, the town made famous in the movie “Sound of Music.” We could not find a place to stay nearby, and took a chance on a newly listed AirBnB flat in Traunkirchen, on lake Traunsee, a 45 minute drive away. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. We had a great weekend with the Risho Maru’s exploring Mondsee and Bad Ischl, and hiking around Wolfgangsee and Traunsee. And the flat on Lake Traunsee was spectacular and came with wonderful hosts. We spent an additional week exploring Salzkammergut after our friends returned to Vienna, packed up their car, and drove to their boat in Italy. Below, are some of the photos from our 9 days in Salzkammergut. Tomorrow, we will post photos from Vienna, the South Tyrol, and southwestern France.