Our tour guide was awesome. He was an American (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:
…which had an incredible view.
A little better picture:
Here’s Maria heel-clicking en route to meet the family:
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).
We were obviously as excited as Lucy was about that little scene:)
Dean was also pretty excited about it in his little lederhosen we gave him.
And here is the fountain where the kids danced in part of “Do-Re-Mi.”
…and the gardens too:
Here they are there in the movie:
Ok, all that is grand and good, but let’s take a look at the prize-winning pic. of the day:
My mom is the best ever.
Because believe me, you will be pretty excited too.