The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Jufa Salzburg

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010 Tuesday: Sound of Music and Salzburg

The breakfast at the hostel was better than expected.  There were lots of choices.  So we were all fortified for a day in and around Salzburg.  Since the forecast was for rain and the rain came we thought we would take the Sound of Music Tour in the morning and spend the afternoon walking around Salzburg.  The rain arrived in the night with thunder and lightning but unfortunately most of us had our earplugs and didn't hear the downpour.  I woke up after 3:00 to water all over the floor and windowsill.  So I mopped it up and closed the window in case it would rain again.  I left it open at the top but it still got a little stuffy.

After breakfast we headed for Mirabelle Palace where our tour departed.  We were on a big bus with great views.  Our driver was amazing the way he maneuvered our bus through the tiny streets.  We had a young lady from the US as our tour guide.  She has been living and working in Europe for 17 years.  She told us a lot about the history of Salzburg in addition to information on the Movie and the places we visited.  We visited the lake and Leopoldskronn residence where the children fell out of the boat.  We visited the gazebo and line of trees Maria walked down as she left the abbey.  We saw the abbey from a distance but ran out of time to go see it on our own.  Then we headed out of town to the lake district where we saw the place where the children were getting off a boat during Do-Re-Mi.  From there we went to Mondsee where St. Michael’s Church is located.  This is the church used in the movie for the marriage of Maria and Captain Von Trapp.  They were actually married in the abbey chapel with only them, the sisters, and the children.  There were lots of facts that were interesting but nothing I hadn’t heard before.  Erin will have a lot of these details in her blog if you are interested.  They dropped us off at Mirabelle Gardens where lots of scenes were filmed:  the Do-Re-Mi steps,  the fountain the children ran around, the Gnome statues and some of the other statues in the movie.  As we went through the morning, the music of the movie was played appropriately throughout the tour, and of course it was sing along.  Erin and I really enjoyed the tour.   Larry and Derek were good sports.  Halfway through the morning the sun came out and it got warm.  Needless to say, The Sound of Music being my favorite movie, I really enjoyed the tour.

When we left Mirabelle Gardens we went to Getreidegasse, the main shopping area in Salzburg.  It was a cross between Easton and an upscale mall.  However, off of the main street, in a little covered alley was the Bosna Grill where we got lunch.  We had bosna sausage sandwiches with curry flavor.  Another great place recommended by Rick Steves.  Derek and Erin had eaten there last year and wanted to go back.  Larry and I wanted to see the place where they stayed last year.  They stayed at the Stadt Alm which is up the cliff from the city.  We took an elevator up through the rock and then had to walk a little way to get there.  The views of the city from up on the cliff were fabulous.  The hostel where they stayed was part of the old city wall and their room was in the tower part.  We went back down the elevator and visited many platzes and a few churches.  We saw street musicians who were playing a mandolin, a large triangular shaped double base played like a guitar and an accordion.  We also saw a man playing an electric violin, all classical music of course.  We did a little shopping for Mozart balls (chocolate balls the size of golf balls.  I got a Sound of Music t-shirt.

By this time we were all so tired and our feet so sore that we took a break at the hostel until supper time.  We drove to the Augustiner beer hall for supper.  It was quite an experience.  You pick up a beer mug and get your beer – only one kind available = Augustiner.   We each had a liter size mug.  They had beer and I had half beer and half lemonade.  Then for your meal, there was like an indoor mall of German fast food and you could pick whatever you wanted.  I got a spinach dumpling and sauerkraut.  Larry and Derek had a huge sausage like a Bahama Mama and kartoffel salad.  Erin just had apple strudel. 

When we got back we blogged and downloaded pictures and went to bed.
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