The hills are alive with the sound of Music!!

Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Elise and I met up in Salzburg, Austria for a short 26 hour trip!  She had to take a long overnight train from Paris and I got up early to meet her.  We met at the train station and headed to our hostel.  After missing a few turns we found it and locked our things in our room.  The staff was so nice and helped us with everything.  We had a few hours before the tour started so we headed into the old part of the city.  Salzbug means "Salt Fortress" and is the fourth largest city in Austria.  The city is situated around the river Salzach which has a sea foam green color and is fresh water even though the name means salt river.  Salzburg is famous for being the location of the family Von Trapp lived and where the movie The Sound of Music was filmed, and it was also the birthplace of Mozart.  We walked around to most of the major attractions in under 2 hours, including the Mozart Platz and very large statue, Glockenspiel tower,  Salzbuger Dom (church #1), St. Peter's Erzabtei (church #2), Franziskaner Kirche (church #3), Kollegienkirche (church #4), Altes Rathaus (town hall) and a very famous expensive shopping street called Getreidegasse.  

After heading to the bus meeting area we got on the large coach bus with about 50 other anxious English speaking people and began the Sound of Music tour!!  Our tour guide was British and had quite the sense of humor but she was a great tour guide.  We learned all about the real Trapp family, how the story was changed, the details about the locations and the making of the movie.  Most importantly we saw some beautiful sights and landscape.  We saw the 2 locations used for the house, the back/lake views and the front views, the romantic gazebo, lots of mountains and a few lakes, the church Maria and the Captian were married in, the Nonberg Abbey, and the Mirabell Gardens (do-re-mi scenes).  I will try to label the pictures as accurately as possible.  During the longer parts of the driving we listened and sang the songs from the movie.  I wont go into the details and secrets from the film but I learned a lot about the actors and the story that was very interesting!!  I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves the film!

After the tour we were on such a music high and we continued to sing or hum the songs for the rest of the trip!  We walked up to the abbey to see if we could walk into the gates from the scenes in the movie.  It was slightly different than we remembered but the view was great!  The one dark cloud gave us a 15 minute sun shower but that was the only bad weather we had all day.  We almost forgot that it was a holiday in Austria, Pentecost (Whitsun or Pfingsten) and also Monday (Pfingstmontag) and we ran into a huge parade to the river where the people lined both sides singing songs and clapping.  They were waiting for the river boat that carried about 15 religious leaders, and musicians who drove up the river (against the current) and prayed for the city and the world.  I had trouble translating everything for Elise since I couldn't hear all of it but it was an amazing experience.  They even sang some contemporary songs we knew, so we sang the English versions (Shine Jesus Shine).  

We finally ate a delicious pizza outside at a small restaurant along with a radler (beer and sprite).  Our feet were exhausted and hurt so we walked back to the hostel and went to bed.  Our roomates were very nice (4 other girls), 1 from Vancouver, 1 from Hong Kong and 2 from New York.  I found out the next morning that the 2 New York girls were from Newburgh 45 minutes from Hyde Park, how crazy is that!!!

Our second day was much less exciting since we had trains to catch but we made the best of it.  We packed our bags, ate a good breakfast at the hostel and checked out.  The only thing we wanted to do was buy some gifts for our families and ourselves.  Since we had our backpacks the walk back to the train station was slower so we caught bus halfway back.  The train was late so we grabbed some snacks. Somehow we managed to book the same train to Munich so we sat together for the last few hours.  We had a great time in Salzburg and I wish we could have stayed longer but we had to fit the trip in between my work, her exams and the days we had off.  I think I will be singing the songs for a few more days and I only with Germans liked the film so that I could rent it to watch!!  
 Until next post!!!


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