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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Salzburg is Senational

Salzburg + snow + strudel + The Sound of Music = super!

Basically I'm currently obsessed with Austria and snow and quaint little villages in the Alps. Nothing could be more beautiful than walking through a little European town covered with a blanket of snow, singing songs from "The Sound of Music" and eating sacher-torte. Mmmm...

Salzburg is, in case you haven't picked up on it yet, the home of "The Sound of Music" (aka SoM) and where the real Trapp family lived. Our entire trip was dedicated to touring the places used in the film, which involved a 4-hour bus ride to the outskirts of the city as well as hours of walking to all the necessary sights.

If you know me at all, you know that this was clearly one of the highlights of my life (sad but totally true). I got to skip down the same path as Maria during "I Have Confidence," dance at the gazebo from "16 Going on 17" and where the Captain and Maria kissed, jump up the "Do-Re-Mi" steps and bridge, walk down the aisle where they got married, and even twirl on a mountain top (okay, a hill top). In every photo there is a completely crazed look on my face of "oh my God!" It was absolutely fabulous.

Salzburg is also the home of Mozart. We visited Mozart's house -- not too thrilling but at least it was warm and dry, as it snowed and/or rained the entire time we were in the city. Shock - not a lot of tourists visit Austria in November. It's a pretty miserable time of year to be there but still lovely and charming.

There's also amazing food, especially pastries. Ate the obligatory schnitzel, but mostly ate lots of apple strudel and sacher-torte. Austrians are so friendly too--even though German is a harsh language, the people are friendly and willing to go out of their way to help a stranger. It was a pleasant and welcome surprise.

A weekend in Austria - just the respite from busy London that's needed every once in awhile. Quiet, charming, peaceful and getting to visit sites from the best movie ever made - now that's my kind of vacation!

Next week, Dublin!! Very excited!

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