the hills are allliiiivvveeeee

April 18, 2010

now.. the REAL reason for going to salzbug:

when i was 6 years old
my eldest sister, marelene, let me borrow her walkman
and her cassette of the sound of music soundtrack.
i listened to it on repeat.
when i finally watched the movie,
i already knew all of the words to the songs.

when i turned sixteen, i was ecstatic that i could finally sing that
i was "sixteen going on seventeen."
i was especially ecstatic when david turned 17 a month before me,
so that i could sing "you are seventeen going on eighteen"
and have the entire song be true to our ages.

now that i am 20 going on 21,
i still love the movie.
so when david and i were planning out our adventure route,
i asked to go to salzburg to fulfill my sound of music movie dreams :)

when we got there i wanted to do the sound of music tour,
but it was 38 euro per person,
and i didn't think it would be fair to make david listen
to the soundtrack on repeat on the bus

so i looked up the sites and found them on my own:

the mirabell gardens,
where maria and the kids sing "do a deer"

the above fountain can be seen here
and the plant arch thing is where they ride their bikes through :)

this is where maria and the kids stand during the same song,
as seen on the second photo of this blog post.

after running through the streets of salzburg from the abbey
to the von trapp mansion,
maria dances and sings along this house's walls
as seen briefly here, with some help
(watch it, it's funny)

there's a scene towards the end where the nazis are looking for the family
and the nuns hide the family in a cemetary.
that was filmed in hollywood...
but some tour guides say that it was filmed here.

nonnberg abbey
after maria leaves, the children go to the
abbey to try to find her.
gretl says, "we're looking for fräulein maria"
to the nun at this gate

i wanted to be liesl so badly!
so i was excited to twirl around in this
and sing "i am sixteen going on seventeen"
but it was locked :(
and i think it's just an imitation...
but it was still so cool to see!

hopefully i'll be able to go back with my family in the future :)


  1. It seems like everyone outside Austria knows the sound of music. I am from Austria and I have never seen the movie or listened to the music. Honestly I have no idea what's the plot of Sound of music. And my friends don't know it neither. That's strange...
    But great pictures!
    Did you only visit Salzburg or some other towns of Austria too?

  2. i think it's probably because it was a famous rogers and hammerstein film when it was released in america. i think the film speaks more to american culture of musicals more than it does to austria, so that may be why you aren't too familiar.

    and i also visited vienna while i was in austria, which i will be posting about next :)

  3. what are you singing/screaming in that one picture?

  4. i love that movie!! thats awesome that you got to visit all of those places!

  5. is it really lame that this post made me a little misty-eyed? i was instantly transported to childhood, when i was obsessed with this movie. (well, i still am, what the heck am i saying ;)) and i totally sang "sixteen going on seventeen" the moment i turned 16! (my friends thought i was crazy) how magical and surreal that you got to visit all of these wonderful places... i think i would have cried or something, my heart would have totally melted! thanks for sharing, it put a smile on my face. :)

  6. Oh my gosh!!! I am freakin. I love the Sound of Music! I am sooo jealous right now!

  7. Aw, no way! This is so neat, Celeste. I can't believe how great it is that you got to see all this.
    And yeah...ha ha ha I remember when I was sixteen and Thomas was seventeen...we were just going from the "being best friends ever" to "I think we might get married someday", which is totally awkward, and my mom would sing this sometimes. I wanted to shrink into oblivion. Ha ha. But such good memories. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ohmygosh! I was hoping this would be on your itinerary when I saw you were going to Salzberg! So jealous!

  9. heehee I love it, your blog makes me so happy!!!

  10. my favorite post! gaw! i love the dress.