Sound of Music Tour

Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
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Trip End Aug 15, 2007


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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The hills are alive...with the sound of AIR CONDITIONING....<ahhhh-ahhhhh-ahhhh>. Yes, you read that right.  I finally located some a/c.  I immediately cancelled my Sound of Music Tour and barricaded myself in the hotel room.  I kid, I kid!  You know how much I've been looking forward to the tour.  I learned a lot about Salzburg.  Salz means salt.  They called it "white gold" back in the day.  That's because to preserve food and such, you had to have salt.  The high ranking government and church officials used it to fund their projects.  Many times they would move to the mountain and not tell anyone there was salt in it, therefore getting very rich.  The Salzach River runs through the town and it is beautiful.  The Alps around Salzburg are beautiful.  The old town had a million shops. 

So, the Sound of Music Tour.  I wasn't able to twirl on a mountain.  I know how disappointed this makes many of you.  I had my jumper on and everything!  There were a lot of different locations in and out of the city and you weren't able to hit them all.  When the war was over, some missionaries bought the original Von Trapp house.  They don't want buses or tours anywhere near them, so we didn't see that either.  We took pictures of the Abbey from down the hill.  That's where they filmed "Maria" (but not the end scenes where they were hiding).  I tried to label the pictures.  The gardens where they filmed "Do-Re-Me" were beautiful.  They were having a wedding when we were there.  Capt. Von Trapp and Maria went on to have 3 more kids.  There was no escaping through the alps situation....they held Italian passports so they got on a train and left the country.  They then toured in the US.  Eventually opened an inn in Vermont (closest climate to Salzburg). 

Mozart was also from Salzburg.  We saw the house where he was born in old town.  You can pretty much get anything you want with Mozart's face on it!

Back to our super sweet accommodations.  We stayed at the four star NH Hoteles (only reason they weren't 5 stars is b/c they don't have bus parking).  They run a chain of hotels in Europe and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone travelling here.  They are based out of Spain.  Air Conditioning!!!  It was very modern and nice.  Our bus left at 1 a.m.  I was so excited about the trip that I didn't sleep the entire time.  When we hit Salzburg, we hit the ground running.  By the time the tour and lunch were over, it was 3 pm and I'd been up for 28 hours (still wasn't used to the time change before I left).  I was exhausted.  I crashed in the room about 4 pm and woke up in time for our next trip.  So, no report on Salzburg nightlife.  My roommate (Megan) was an ESL teacher from Portland, OR.  She is here visiting her college roommate that is a nurse here.  We compared teacher war stories.  She was great!  She told me that everyone was reading Harry Potter at the bars (it was released at 8 pm their time).  Also, there is a t.v. channel in Salzburg with The Sound of Music showing 24 hours a day. 

I miss you guys!! 
Tracey
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