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Do Re Mi Fa So pretty! June 28, 2011

Posted by Lucy Hensley in Travel Log.

The view from the mountains in Salzburg

On our first day in Munich we traveled two hours into Austria. Salzburg is the city where Mozart lived and worked, but more importantly, it is where all of the outdoor scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. You may not know that I lived for Rogers and Hammerstein musicals when I was a kid, so seeing the house, gazebo, gardens and other buildings where Julie Andrews and the rest of the cast filmed was a dream come true. Seeing the Do Re Mi gardens was very cool (of course I ran around singing) but the highlight of the day was the amazing views climbing the mountain. Austria is the most beautiful country in the world.

"I am 16 going on 17"

We took the bus over the border to Austria and spent the first part of the day exploring the city a bit. We saw Mozart’s house, climbed to the city fortress and had a delicious bowl of tomato soup (It was rainy and dreary in the valley.) Around two, we met at a bus stop designated for the Sound of Music Tour. The next four hours were devoted to location visits, sing-alongs, deleted scenes and behind the scenes stories from the production of one of the most successful movies of all time.

I know it is a far cry from the many cultural experiences we have had this trip, but I was like a kid in a candy store in Salzburg.  I have watched the movie countless times since my childhood and have even seen it on stage a few times. I absolutely love the story and this tour allowed me to earn even more about the real VanTrapp family.



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