We returned to Innsbruck like we had left, via bus, (the castle was just out in the suburbs) and found a place to eat. It was an Italian restaurant and the waitress/slash cook was alone holding down the fort. In addition to that, she spoke very little English and the menu was only in German. She called in reinforcements (one extra person) and all worked well.
Looked around the old town part of Innsbruck for about 45 minutes and then returned to our hotel for a late afternoon rest. Leader Jesse Jorgensen scouted out some dinner suggestions for us and made a reservation, and then around 7 PM we hiked along the Inn River, crossed the bridge, found a park for some playtime, and then returned along the other side of the river to the old town. We still had a few minutes before the restaurant was ready for us, which was fortuitous as the town band was forming up and we got to see their entrance parade and the first of their outdoor concert. They were fully dressed in Austrian traditional costumes.
Dinner was fabulous. Boys were in control of their behavior (for the most part) and it was a nice way to end an enjoyable day. Boys have been eating well on this trip and we haven’t eaten in an American chain (or any chain that I know of) since starting this trip except perhaps a Cinnabon place in the Vienna train station.
Returned to the hotel around 10:30 for bedtime and a big day ahead.