The Hills are Alive

Do you all know that no one here (and I mean NO ONE) watches the Sound of Music, and many have never even heard of it? Preposterous, I realize. But very true.

My friend Mara-Lee is visiting me from Canada. We met in high school and have kept in touch on and off through the decades. This is her first trip to continental Europe, her only other experience in these parts being a Grade 10 trip to Britain.

We have been having a good time and packing in quite a few adventures. On Saturday we decided to head over to Salzburg, as this was Mara’s grandmother’s favourite place and she wanted to see it for herself. She suggested that we do the Sound of Music bus tour, and since I have visited the inner-city castle three times in the last 18 months, I was game for something different.

Oh you scoff, you unsentimental people. But mix a totally whacked-out British tour guide, fun stories, plenty of singing, and gorgeous scenery on one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in the last few weeks, and you have yourself a most enjoyable day.

I won’t going into the details, as I don’t want to bore you non-lovers with tales and tidbits of a story often told, but here are some of the photos that I think everyone can enjoy.

One of the mountains that the real von Trapps didn't cross on foot.

One of the mountains that the real von Trapps didn't cross on foot.

Lake and gardens used as the back of the von Trapp house.

Lake and gardens used as the back of the von Trapp house.

Don't try to pretent you don't know what this is!

Don't try to pretent you don't know what this is!

Entering the stunning lake area outside of Salzburg.

Entering the stunning lake area outside of Salzburg.

Imagine children in clothing of curtains climbing these trees.

Imagine children in clothing of curtains climbing these trees.

The church where the wedding was held. We stopped here at Mondsee for a walk around the lake town and tasty treat.

The church where the wedding was held. We stopped here at Mondsee for a walk around the lake town and a tasty treat.

Mara-Lee by the Doe-Rae-Me dwarf statue.

Mara-Lee by the Doe-Rae-Me dwarf statue.

So, are you humming the tunes yet? If not, here is one of our family’s favourites.

2 Responses to “The Hills are Alive”

  1. Lori says:

    I recognized every photo … thanks for sharing. How can Austrians not know The Sound of Music?!??!

  2. Anna N. says:

    I’ve watched The Sound of Music every holiday season for as long as I remember and every year I try to watch it with Katelyn with no success. I’m going to try again this year.

    It must have been a treat to see these locations and your photos put a hugh smile on my face. Hmm, I think I need to put go on a Sound of Music bus tour on my life list. Yes, yes – it will be done. Thanks for the idea.