November 30th, 2007 – by: mfmcp1982
The Sound of Music Cow!
Today was the day of the Sound of Music tour, and unfortunately it was raining! We had a wonderful breakfast and were picked up by Panorama Tours (highly recommended) on Judengrasse and taken to Mirabellplatz to meet the Sound of Music tour bus, which was hard to miss! It was painted with a somewhat unrealistic picture of Maria and the children, a scene taken from the Do -a-Deer sequence when they're up on the terraces above the city...the only image which even vaguely resembled the actors was Maria, but it got you in the spirit of things!
Our first stop was at Schloss Leopoldskron, which is where the river scenes in the Sound of Music were filmed. The gardens and the water were used, but the actual house wasn't - the owners wouldn't give the movie studio permission to use the house.
This is where the children and Maria fell off the boat and into the river when they realised Captain Von Trapp was home, and where Kym Karath, the little girl who played Gretl, nearly drowned!! She couldn't swim, and was supposed to be caught by Julie Andrews when they all fell into the water. The first take, that's what happened, but the director wasn't happy with the shot. Second shot was the one which made it into the film - Julie Andrews falls away from the boat on the other side to the seven children...little Kym went under and had to be grabbed out by Heather Menzies, who played Louisa. She carried the younger girl out, and that's what you see in the film...what you don't see is Gretl barfing lake water all over Louisa's shoulder!
Schloss Leopoldskron-the gardens of the building were used in the Sound of Music.This is where Maria and the children toppled into the river from their boat. But it's not the building that was used for the actual house...that was 5 miles away!
Next was the drive past Frohnburg Palace, which was the physical building used as the exterior of the Von Trapp Villa. It's now a Mozart music school, and the road in front of it - where Maria skipped along singing 'I Have Confidence' and where the family pushed their car out the gates and got caught by the Nazis - is now a private road and tour buses aren't allowed along it, which is why my picture is a blurry mess!
From here, it was on to Hellbrunn.
November 30th, 2007 – by: mfmcp1982
The Gardens of Mirabell Palace...part of Do-Re-Mi was filmed here, and the finale where Maria and the children hop up and down the steps was right here!
When we got back to Salzburg, we walked around the Mirabell Gardens, because they're right beside where you get dropped off after the tour. We also wandered round the Mirabellplatzt ChristkindMarkt (Christmas Market!) and had amazing hot dogs and Gluhwein for lunch. We bought some bits and pieces, including Mozart Kugeln to take home as presents. We walked around the 'new' side of the city, and across one of the big bridges back to the Altstadt.
Now, Mum is a great big sucker when we're together.
..if I pretty much make noises as if I like something, she usually treats me to it! Mark and I have two cats at home (Fat Sam, who was 2 years old, and Ziggy Fluffy-tummy, well, just Ziggy, but he is fluffy, who was just 6 months old while I was away). We passed a shop selling Rosina Wachmeister cat figures, and I was oo-ing and ah-ing and Mum ended up buying me them, but on the strict instructions it was part of our Christmas presents, and true to form, we didn't get them 'til the 25th of December, when I feigned surprise as Mark and I opened them! We picked up a couple of other things, and also went to the Mozartgeburtshaus - the house where Mozart was born, in Judengrasse. It was interesting, but a lot of the interactive exhibits weren't working, and Mum said when she was there last year, there was different music playing in every room, which would certainly have added a lot more atmosphere to the displays.
Trying to be atmospheric with my photography!
On the way back to the hotel, we went into the 4 storey Salzburg Christmas Shop, opposite the hotel.
The level of the shop which was pretty much filled with decorated blown Easter eggs was a bit weird! Each section of each level sort of had a theme...usually colours of decorations. I actually only ended up buying two tubs of candles for a Villeroy & Boch tin freestanding Christmas tree which holds six short slim candles. Mum also bought one earlier in the day, and I got her a lovely porcelain Villeroy & Boch big Christmas tree (about 50cm high) which has a musical base, playing O Tannenbaum, and holds a candle inside. I proved a huge hassle to get home and had to be Mum's one piece of hand luggage! She had to stuff her book and travel documents down the side of it!!!
More festive eggs
So we went back to the hotel for a rest before dinner. The meal was a true experience. It was at Stiftskeller St Peter's, where you have a four course dinner in a glorious baronial hall, and there's music and opera singing in between each course. We had a lovely evening, although when the Krampus came around I did jump...their costumes are fantastic, although they are a bit stinky: the guys must really sweat in them! Their clangers were great too...some had hand held cow bells, and others had pairs of round metal balls on their rear ends which clanged when they shook their tushies!
After a lovely meal, we walked back to the hotel, through Damplatz and Residentzplatz, and were definitely grateful of our cosy soft beds. Tomorrow was to be a busy day!