One of my favorite parts of our trip was our Sound of Music bike tour.
Because who doesn't love the Sound of Music? Maybe we are just nerdy but we love that movie.
We loved it so much growing up that we even performed the "so long, farewell" song for missionaries when they would come over to our house in England when my Dad was the mission president and we had to head to bed.
I was somewhere between four and seven years old but I still remember that.
So in anticipation before we left on the trip my family and I snuggled in and watched the first half for family home evening (that sucker is long I tell you! We couldn't get in the whole thing).
I thought it was so funny how excited the kids were to watch it, particularly Lucy. She was giddy in anticipation of all the parts she remembered despite the fact that it was a long time ago that we watched it so I guess it sure made an impact on her!
We arrived bright and early and got ready to tour Salzburg.(named Tom if you ever want to find him and have the same awesome tour) who met his wife in Austria. Totally not the type you would pick out to be a Sound of Music fan, yet he loves it so much he even had a "Sound of Music wedding." Still not sure quite what that means, but he knew a ton of cool stuff and was such a great guide.
Some intersting facts:
1) Most Austrians have never seen The Sound of Music so they can't really relate to all the joyful tourists singing Sound of Music songs through their streets.
2) The singing must have gotten a little annoying because apparently you're not allowed to sing the songs in the city. Ha! (so we didn't...he waited to blast the music from a little speaker until we reached the countryside)
3) They filmed the movie not that long after the Nazis really were invading that beautiful land (it was filmed in 1965). So when they came and hung Nazi German flags on the buildings as movie props it created quite a bit of unrest among the locals (with good reason).
I loved seeing all the stuff from the movie so much we watched the whole thing again for FHE when I got home. Everyone was pretty excited to join me and found it pretty amusing that I kept taking pictures of the screen as I showed them the correlating pictures I had taken over there.
Here's the horse fountain:
Remember this part?
We biked up the hill to the Nonnberg Abbey.
Here's my picture of our television watching the movie:
This is the spot where the kids rang the bell to try to get Maria to come back:
(they have since removed the bell since so many tourists wanted to ring it:)
Our own Maria:
...and the real Maria.
They told us on the tour that they had to cut out part of the bar for filming one scene and accidentally didn't weld it back in time for another scene. I kind of thought that was an old wives tale until I paused it when we were watching and saw Tom was speaking the truth. See that bar cut out in that picture above?
Outside the Abbey was a perfect spot to read the morning paper.
This scene was close to where that last picture was taken. See the fortress up on the hill behind?
That's the fortress I posted about yesterday.
They used two different houses to film the Von Trapp house in the movie. One house was used when they filmed the front. Another was used when they filmed the back.
Here's the back:
Here's the pathway/road where all the kids were up in the trees:
It lines the street leading up to the house they used to film the front of the Von Trapp house in the movie.
...and here are my sisters doing their own rendition:
And here is the house:
...which has actually been turned into a Mozart conservatory now.
Julie was biking around trying to keep baby Dean asleep in the little carrier rolling behind her but she still made the pic :)
Then here we are at Lucy's favorite part of the movie ("Sixteen going on Seventeen"...she was so excited about that part that she had remembered so well from before).
This was gifted to Austria after the movie and has been moved a couple times since then. Right now it's right outside Hellbrunn (on yesterday's post).
The place where the family hid at the end of the movie was inspired by the grounds at this church:
We couldn't go in this theater where they performed before they escaped, but here's a pic. of how it looks:
Ok, all that is grand and good, but let's take a look at the prize-winning pic. of the day:
Now if you think I'm crazy for loving this so much, (and you're laughing at me like Elle was that I was so excited to watch it again when I got home), go watch the movie and come back here.
Because believe me, you will be pretty excited too.
That is one heck of a good movie!