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For as long as I can remember, the songs from The Sound of Music have been in my life. One of my earliest memories is having neighborhood friends over and being slightly embarrassed as my sister Lennie mixed each of my friends into a line of her friends according to height. Then, made us march around the house singing the *do re mi song* in Von Trapp family style. I think that regardless of who you are or where you grew up, the sights and sounds of this movie become fond, lasting memories. So, when we found out that we would be passing through Salzburg, Austria … I couldn’t help but picture myself singing and twirling through the foothills of the Alps.

Each of us had researched the tours that take you around to all of the sights from the movie but, they all seemed a bit overpriced. So, we decided to write down all of the major stops from the movie tour’s web site then walk it out ourselves to be frugal. We came across a Panoramic Tours kiosk along the main drag of Salzburg early on and decided to take a look at what they were working with. I wheeled and dealed with one of the guys and managed to get a "student" discount for Cat and myself. We hopped in our VW mini van and took off. Our guide was an older man. He was a very animated, handsome, Salzburg native who spoke perfect English. He was full of information not only about The Sound of Music but of the history of Salzburg as well. Within the city limits of Salzburg we were able to see the Abbey where Maria is a nun novice, the outside of the amphitheater where the Von Trapp's perform as a family for the Nazis, and the back side of what was used as the Von Trapp family home. This palace (now owned by Harvard University) is on the lake that the drape clad kids fall into. The lake is lined with the trees, that the Captain, Uncle Max and the Baroness see Maria and the children hanging from while driving back into Salzburg and that same road is where the kids and their governess ride their bikes during the Do-Re-Mi song. We also saw the original gazebo where Lisel & Ralph first locked lips and where Maria & The Captain realized that they fell in love. Ahh.

We then set out for a scenic view of the city of Salzburg from the Alps. As we drove along our tour guide serenaded us to the soundtrack from the movie. After driving on the autobahn & some windy mountain roads, our driver stopped to show us the breathtaking vantage point of Lake Wolfgang at the base of the Alps. This was the backdrop for the opening scenes of the movie. He then took us to the small village where the interior of the wedding scene in the movie took place. We checked out the church then indulged in some tasty crisp apple strudel. No wonder it was on Maria's list of favorite things!

As we concluded our tour and pulled back into Salzburg's city center we listened to Edelweiss and Cat and I agreed that it was money well spent. We wouldn't have been able to see 3/4 of the things that we did had we opted to do it ourselves. Now I only have two problems 1. I really want to watch the movie again 2. I'm going to have The Sound of Music soundtrack stuck in my head for the rest of my life.

Till next time...
So long, farewell

(and Cat)

Posted by audandcat 12:21

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