The Hills Really Are Alive!

Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2015

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The hills around Salzburg are alive, just not necessarily with the sound of music.  Unfortunately, we had a drizzly, rainy day and all the mountains decided to hide behind the clouds for the day.  Last time I was in Salzburg, Austria, the sky was blue as could be and the sun was glistening off every mountaintop.  Not so much, today.  Despite the weather, Salzburg and the surrounding areas remain a magical retreat, the clouds providing an almost mystical cover for the giants to hide among, occasionally peaking through to say hello (no pun intended). 

Our day began by leaving behind lovely Vienna for a long driving day to Munich, Germany.  Our first stop was the little town of Mondsee, seemingly most famous now for the so called Wedding Church.  This church (pictured below) was the site of the filming of the wedding between Maria and the Captain Von Trapp in 1965’s The Sound of Music.  This was but the first of many sights we saw today associated with the film.  I honestly haven’t seen the movie in so long that I couldn’t really remember much.  I know the music (who doesn’t) and saw the production that the performing arts department put on at Rock Bridge a few years back.  It was still a lot of fun.  I actually thought Mondsee was a cool little town with a lot of interesting architecture on display.  I particularly liked the string of buildings opposite the church (pictured below). 

From Mondsee, we made our way to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart (photo of his birthplace below).   A nice little walk took us through the gardens where the children ran through the hedges and danced on the steps in The Sound of Music.   We took our first group photo of the trip in the gardens with the imposing Salzburg Castle above in the background (picture below).  What a group!  Our walking tour continued through the narrow streets and courtyards of the city.  My favorite sight in the city was actually a small cemetery within the monastery walls (pictures below).  Evidently, this was also filmed in The Sound of Music when Maria was hiding. 

After a nice lunch of pretzels and some kind of meat pastry, we made our way out of the city of Salzburg through the Alps (I guess they were there, we just didn’t see them).   Right outside the city, we stopped a the estate of a shady bishop who used his position within the church to have a lot of ‘fun’ with the ladies.  The reason we stopped here, however, was to view the gazebo that was filmed in The Sound of Music  where Maria and the captain sang ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’ and danced on the bench tops. After this stop, we were intended to see the Eagle’s Nest, which was Hitler’s Alpine retreat during WWII, and the location where he and his dastardly crew conceived their final solution.  I was there a few years ago and it was absolutely amazing, this time we only saw a shadow of the peak from below. 

Now, we’re in Munich for the night.  I’m quite excited about tomorrow because I’ll see my friend Silja again!!!  I haven’t seen her and her husband since their wedding last year in Berlin.  She’s taking the train down from Berlin to join us for the afternoon and evening.  Even though, I’ll be staying with her and David next week for about 8 days, I’m glad she’s coming down so that she can visit with my family that is with me.  She knows them from several years ago when she lived with my mom for a few months while working at my hometown school.  It should be good fun, culminating with a folk dance and dinner a the Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall tomorrow evening. 

More to come!  In the meantime, I’d love to hear any feedback or thoughts on my blog.   I think I need some encouragement to keep it going.  I’m realizing how much time it takes to do this.  It’s quite fun and a good catalyst for reflection, but it does take some effort.  I think if I can stick it out just a few more days, I might get into the habit and continue through the summer.  I apologize for any typos, boring ramblings, or general stupidity. 
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Stuart Featherston on

Hey Danny,
It sounds like you're having a good time and you are bringing back memories for me from when I was in Austria and Germany. Keep the blogging going! :)

Debbie on

I'm reading the blog every time a new entry appears! Love the pics!!! Don't stop that blog!!!

Deb :)

Dingler on

I don't read blogs, but when I do...I read yours. Keep it up my friend!

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