Ever since I was a young girl, I've loved the Sound of Music. Indeed when I was about three years old, my mom made me dress up as a nun and sing the entire soundtrack at a church potluck. Which I didn't entirely love. But watching that movie over and over as a child left its impression on me, so naturally I love the city of Salzburg! This is our second trip here, but a first for the kids.
Our music video of Austria/Czechia is HERE.
What's not to love about the birthplace of Mozart with all its glittering fountains...
His cheeks are stuffed.
Fraulein Maria Sound of Music Bike Tour!
We met up for the afternoon (4:30) tour. Here's our group, led by Claudio, just as we set off. This 3.5 hour bike tour was the PERFECT way to see Salzburg and the countryside. Mark got a tandem bike so the kids could take turns having a break from the kid's bike they shared, which turned out to be a great idea. They were great sports for peddling 8 miles!
And despite a forecast of thunderclouds, we managed to avoid all but a tiny sprinkling (and a few more splashes in that fountain)!
"I have confidence!" -Maria
Here we are outside the large theater from which the Von Trapp's made their escape.
Two different homes were used in the film; this is the front of the house.
And we all remember scenes of Liesl and Ralph dancing in this gazebo... only Liesl slipped and her leg shattered the glass during the filming.
The rain hit us like a typhoon that night while the kids and I were tucked inside an Italian restaurant, and Mark was in the middle of running back to the car at the hotel to gather our coats. On our walk back to the hotel that night, the streets were all but deserted, and we were making up stories about the zombie apocalypse. Just in the thick of the story, a group of people started following us, and we knew they had to be zombies. Scary fun!