Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Hills Are Alive

You're singing, aren't you?  Just imagine the fun we had on The Sound of Music tour, seeing the locations of many of the outdoor scenes in the movie and singing along the way to the soundtrack.  It was a fun and very educational morning, at least on all things Sound of Music--although sometimes when you know the behind-the-scenes stories, some of the romanticism is forever gone.
**as an aside, several of these stops were very brief, and since it was difficult for Grandma to get in and out of the bus with her new cast, she stayed in the bus for most of the stops.  However, we returned a second day on our own so that she could get out and see them.**

I am confident in sunshine... Maria left Nonnberg Abbey singing this song on her way to the von Trapp household

Along the way, she walked past this fountain in Old Salzburg.

Her bus driver wore a cap like this one (our tour company prided itself on being the original bus company from the movie).

I am sixteen going on seventeen...  The gazebo.  No longer in the original location, this gazebo has been restored after it took much abuse in a separate public area.  It is now on the private grounds of Schloss Hellbrun (Hellbrun Palace).

Cory is rockin' it in the hat.

Do a deer a female deer...  Mirabelle Gardens was one of several locations the children and Maria sang, skipped and played on their way through Salzburg.

Maria and the children found themselves falling into this lake after seeing the Captain had returned and was outside on the home's terrace.

How do you solve a problem like Maria... Mondsee Cathedral was the site of the wedding in the movie (but not in real life).

Can you see the skeletons? And were they in the movie?

The cathedral was in the Lakes and Mountains region of Austria--this was a breathtaking drive (Mom and Dad Nikkel, sorry we didn't go here when you were visiting).  It was beautiful.

And finally, The Hills are Alive!!  Untersberg Mountain, the "hill" they were climbing to Switzerland (although if they had really planned to go that way, they would have ended up in Germany.  That would have resulted in a very different ending).  

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