The Sound of Music Throughout Salzburg

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End Apr 30, 2012

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Meinger Hotel

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27:

Hop off the train which both bridget and I passed out (being a carnivore makes for the best naps) and walk over to the bus station. We must have had the "I might be looking at a map but understand nothing….please help, we are struggling americans" because a nice young chap walked up and guided us to the bus we took to our hotel--thank you max. We then sat on the beds for 10 minutes, changed and were off to downtown Salzburg where our dinner with Mozart awaits!! A little background, Mozart was born in Salzburg so we felt obliged to celebrate his life and achievements over a concert/dinner, naturally. We walk into this great hall where 20 tables were situated in front of a stage. At exactly 8 o'clock, the lights dimmed and the symphony assembled with a male and female opera singer who acted/sang us 5 melodies before the first course of white bean soup with potato dumpling. At our table sat a couple from New Jersey that was very much interested in holding a conversation with Bridget and I the entire dinner, and we were thankful they did. The husband builds vacation homes for the Jersey Shore and has also only missed 2 Philadelphia Eagles games (home and away) in the past 10 years… He is known for his RV colored with Eagle paraphernalia that he drives to every game, including the ones played in San Francisco and anywhere east of that. After two more courses and several more compositions, we exchanged contact information so that we would hopefully in the future be lucky enough to tailgate with them in Miami and San Fran…. The oldest son is 20 so I am thinking a potential future husband prospect. Also at this table was a solo gentleman from China who did not speak english and took shaky pictures…. He must have a string of bad luck to be sat at the only table with all American's and across from the girls who kept on asking to take pictures of them.

March 28:

If you all do not know, Salzburg is famous for it being the city where a Sound of Music was filmed. We could not think of a better way to relive the Sound of Music than with a bus tour that took us to all the main scenes of the movie, playing the soundtrack along the way. Not only was it a great way to learn more about the movie, but the Austrian countryside/lakes were absolutely beautiful. We stopped at the lake where their backyard faced, the famous placebo with the rain and first scene happened, and the church where the Julie Andrews and George get married. Along the way, we passed by other famous landmarks, and a few entertaining points of interests, all the while listening to our Austrian tour guide tell level 2 knock knock jokes with horrible punch lines--but he was charming and said Bridget and I deserved rich husbands, so can't really hate a man with that reasoning.

We then get back the drop off, so we start off a hike up the great wall of Salzburg feeling a little hungry and end starved.. As we approach our destination restaurant which had a panoramic view of the entire city, a lady kindly told us that the restaurant was closed. We suppressed our feelings of throwing ourselves over the cliff because we knew we needed nourishment before completing such a task so we walked back down to find food.

Our lunch was unimpressive, making us feel the need to find a dessert place to erase the bland taste still lingering in our mouths. After a much needed stop at H&M, where I purchased two dresses since the jeans were struggling to button and bridget got some scarves to spice up the travelers outfit, we head to the garden where Julie Andrews and the kids ran through singing "Do Re Me". It was colorfully decorated with beautiful flowers, making spring in the States look like a Mordor in Lord of the Rings.

We finally head to our dessert, where we hoover up the apple strudel soaked in vanilla sauce within 75 seconds, record time. Then after reading the dinner menu and deciding that a 10 dollar truffle sauce tortellini was impossible to pass, we stay and enjoy a great meal overlooking the river and watching Austrian bike riders pass by. We leave Cafe Bazar content, arriving back at our hotel just in time to catch the lobby previewing the Sound of Music for all the guests to watch. As I typed, Bridget attempted to watch the movie next to the German mafia making deals and a guitarist tuning his guitar.. Once the wedding scene came, Bridget was fortunate to hop up to a less noisy chair, where I am going to join her now.. Sie sprechen später!!!

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Stephanie on

I love this blog girls! I'm so happy you are having fun and that we can all live vicariously through you by reading your entertaining entries!

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