I keep waiting for life to slow down a little so I can catch my breath and get back into blogging. But it just seems unlikely at this rate, so other than this epically long post, I've decided I'll just do lots more little posts so that I can get up to date and not feel constantly like my life is running about 6 months behind!
There's still so much of our adventures from November to catch up on, and as this month is the celebration of 50 years of the Sound of Music I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share our time in Salzburg in November when we retraced the steps of the family Von Trapp.
When we spent a week in Austria in November I was so excited to sing the songs and relive the magic the Von Trapp family created as we set off to find the hills that have been alive with the sound of music for 50 years.
The Hills that are Alive
After much research we found out that the opening scene where Maria famously sings "The Hills are Alive" was filmed 30km out of Salzburg in the German town of Marktschellenberg. We set off one foggy day in hopes of finding this beautiful meadow. Heading up into the hills it became more and more apparent that we weren't going to see a darn thing!!!!
But as we were already all dressed up ready for photos, we took a few at the bottom of the mountain, just for fun. They weren't quite play clothes out of drapes, but we did have on coordinating confetti tutus and despite being a wee bit chilly, had a lot of fun playing in the muddy meadow.
We returned home with a very disappointed Meg Von Trapp. My heart so wanted to sing every song....and I'm not one to handle disappointment terribly well. When we awoke the next day to a clear and beautiful day, Captain Von Pete knew it would save him years of regret to just hop in the car and retrace our steps back up to Marktschellenberg to climb every mountain again, and at least we knew the way this time!
The difference in what we could see was ridiculous. We had no idea what beauty was just steps away on the first day. The Hills were breathtakingly beautiful and it felt almost religious experiencing it with my little family.
My heart was indeed blessed with the sound of music.
♪ "The Hills are Alive" ♪
The Sixteen going on Seventeen Gazebo
Innocent as a rose. Of course! The original gazebo from the movie had to be relocated due to too many trespassers, and so now it lies in the palace gardens of Schloss Helbrunn, which sits 20 mins south of Salzburg.
The gazebo is much smaller than I was expecting, and was locked, so we couldn't dance around the benches much to my husbands utmost disappointment!
The Von Trapp house
Set in Salzburg city, and operating as Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, this was the location for any outside scenes at the beautiful family house. You can actually stay at Schloss Leopodskron but given our months' worth of global adventures, it didn't quite fit into the budget!
The scenes for Do-Re-Mi were filmed at the immaculately kept Mirabell Gardens at Mirabell Palace overlooked by Salzburg Castle. The geometrically arranged gardens were vibrant and reminded us a lot of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris in their ornate style and the general sense of them being like this for hundreds and hundreds of years.
The Terrace at the Museum der Moderne
This is the scene in the Sound of Music when Maria takes the children exploring Salzburg learning Do-Re-Mi, or specifically for this scene, so-do-la-fa-mi-do-re.....
The terrace is located directly above the Museum der Moderne, and offers a sensational panoramic view over historic Salzburg and beyond.
This was such a fun way for Pete to explore Salzburg all the whilst fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine pretending I was the 8th Von Trapp child!