Our wonderful guide Naomi.
I am really tired. First of all it wasn’t a particularly restful night. I really miss my pillows at home, It is really hard to take four pillows with you when you travel though. Here we have only one, not overly great pillow and there is no headrest to prop it against. I think the fact that had really nice beds in our Vienna apartment made the transition even harder. We also got up early this morning so that we could be ready for our Sound of Music Tour!! We got picked up from the hostel at 9:00am. We went to many of the sights that were used in the movie. It really made me want to see the movie again.
Our tour guide told us a little bit about Salzburg, the filming of the movie and the life of the actual Maria and the Von Trapp family, which now lives in Vermont (USA). It was fun, we drove out to the lake district (east of the city) where they used a church in Mondsee as the place where Maria gets married. As we were driving out there we played song from the movie and we all sang along, it
Von Trapp House
For those of you who have seen the movie this is a well known site. For those of you who don't this is the back of the Von Trapp house. The Pavilion (where Liesl is 16 going on 17) Originally stood here but was moved to Hellbrunn Palace Park.
was very fun. Over the course of the trip we sang just about every song that appears in the movie.
We got dropped off at the Mirabell Gardens, which was the garden and fountain that they were singing Do-Re-Mi at. We wandered through there, it is very lovely especially with the patterned flower beds. We had a nice walk through the city on the way back to our hostel. We stopped to pick up some food for dinner and when we went back outside, it had started to rain. Just barely though so we thought we could make it home.
It got worse, fast. Luckily just a little ways from the grocery store there is a stretch of sidewalk that is all covered. We waited there for a while. The rain was not lots of little droplets but really large raindrops, it was as if the rain were on steroids! We waited until it had let up a bit but we still got wet as we dashed back towards our hostel. Of course by the time we reached the room it had finished!
We peeled our very damp outfits off and changed into something dry. We now
have to decide what we are going to do tomorrow. Our original plan was to go to Moosham castle but it is outside of the city and when we asked about how to get there they a) had no idea where we were talking about and b) once they knew they could only tell us how to get to the town nearby and we would have to find a way to get to the castle from the nearby town. Judging by the difficulty level of that task and the fact that there is still more to see and do in Salzburg its self we are likely going to spend tomorrow visiting the old town.
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