|I'm not a huge fan of "The Sound of Music" and after today, I'm REALLY not sure I like it at all. I think I've now seen all 66 locations in Austria that the movie was shot because it was mentioned AT LEAST that many times on the tour of Upper Austria, the Lake District, and Salzburg today. On a bright note, it was pretty!
So we were up SUPER early to make sure we met the tour bus at 7am and from there we set out on the 3 hour ride to Salzburg...which took much longer because of all of the stops to see the various places that The Sound of Music was filmed. As I mentioned...it's VERY pretty. The Austrian countryside honestly looks like something out of a painting. The grass is a stunning green and the trees are bright red, orange, and yellow - it looks like the colors couldn't be even possible in nature in the same place at the same time. You'll understand when I finally post the pictures.
We stopped for a rest at a truck stop type place along the autobahn (after traveling at speeds of 95 mph +) and had pastry. I love the pastry here. Also had coffee because, and let's be honest here, I will always have coffee.
We moved on from pastry and cappuccino to the lake district. The opening scenes of The Sound of Music were filmed here. The lake is crystal clear - not even kidding. I'm guessing that the water looks to be whatever color the sky happens to be at the time - so today, it looked gray and if you peered into it, you could see all the way to the bottom. I imagine it's even cooler looking on a day with a sunny blue sky - but it was still pretty remarkable.
And then we traveled down the road to another lake - this time to see where Mozart's mother was born. Very exciting. It was then that I ran out of room in my camera and had to walk around this little village erasing pictures...sorry Julie's wedding, Miami, Rebecca's wedding and baby shower, and my trip to Big Bear (don't worry, they're all on my computer)! It was then on to Salzburg - the highlight and main point of the trip.
We walked through Mirabell Gardens, stood in front of the Pegasus Fountain (ya know, where Do Rae Mi was filmed), and skipped through the tunnel of leaves that was also in the movie. Sadly, that was the only reenactment that Keith and I did. There are pictures of Keith skipping, fear not. We saw churches (again, beautiful) and the town and where Mozart was born and where he lived for 8 years, where his parents were married and the cemetery that the Paramount lot modeled the escape scene in the Sound of Music after (yes, I'm still talking about that stupid movie!). We saw the hotel where Julie Andrews stayed and the hotel where Christopher Plummer stayed (they didn't get along because she was a young mother and he was a single man in his 30s who liked to party).
The highlight, I think, was lunch. We had pizza. It was REALLY good. I also bought some presents for some people. You'll see.
By the end of the day we were exhausted and slept ALL the way back to Vienna. We ate dinner in the hotel and I sat down to work (it was work time in LA and I had some last minute things to do before work meetings tomorrow). So that's where I am. Sitting in the hotel lounge of the InterContinental Wien drinking a glass of wine, waiting on an email, studying, and writing this update.
Tomorrow we move on to catering tastings, potential castles, and other exciting adventures. Until then....