I’ve been back home for almost a week now, and still have one more little thing to post about the trip before I get my rear back in the kitchen.
We took a day trip to Salzburg to see the birthplace of Mozart, but more importantly, to see some filming locations of the movie The Sound of Music!!! I was more excited to see some of the Austrian Alps on our journey to Salzburg, but the Swiss Alps just blow it out of the water. No comparison can be made, but nonetheless it was still gorgeous.
Our first stop on our trip was Lake Wolfgang, where we got off the tour bus to take some pictures. It’s one of the opening scene shots of the movie.
And guess what, guys….just guess. This picture I took of Lake Wolfgang, I uploaded to Instagram and Travel and Leisure Magazine reposted it to their account!!!! (cue confetti and fireworks). I am like so freakin proud of myself! I didn’t even know this happened until I arrived home after a 10 hour plane ride. I checked my Instagram and I had tons of people liking and following me, so I knew something was up. I dug a little deeper and discovered my very own picture on Travel and Leisure’s account. My life is complete now.
So back to Salzburg. It’s a small city that looks similar to Vienna with the style of architecture and ornate decoration of the buildings. It took about 3 hours to get from Vienna to Salzburg, with a 30 minute pit stop at the Austrian version of Cracker Barrel. We were in cheesy, knick-knack shopping heaven. The best part about this trip was that Phoebe didn’t have any Exorcism-style puking episodes from motion sickness.
The first sight we saw was the Mirabell Garden, where the Do-Re-Mi song was filmed. It looks exactly the same as the way it is in the movie, and just gave me the urge to run through the flowers and lanes of trees belting out Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do!!!! I held back, but my mom just couldn’t help herself.
Once we arrived in the city, our guide gave us a walking tour of the city, of course on the hottest day of the year. Ugh. I was all like, “I’ll just sit under this umbrella at the gelato shop. Pick me up when you’re done!”. Lucky for me, Phoebe pooped so my mom and I found an umbrella at a gelato shop and changed her….and ditched to tour group. Oh well.
We also saw the church where they filmed the wedding and the theater where they filmed the Edelweiss performance. We couldn’t go inside either place, so nothing that exciting to share about it.
Even though the tour took the whole day, I felt like we barely had enough time to see anything in Salzburg. I would definitely recommend seeing the city and the mountainous scenery makes the 3 hour drive there worth it.
On our last day in Vienna, Phoebe and I went to the Schonbrunn Zoo and Palace. It was her first trip to the zoo, and she loooooved it. Every time I turned her stroller around to move on to the next animal exhibit, she would scream and cry in protest. The penguins were her favorite because they were so active and close enough for her to really get a good look at.
I am so sad that my trip is over. I put so much time and brain power into planning and researching, and it’s all over. It was bittersweet coming home. Bitter because I have no idea when I’ll ever be able to come back and I probably won’t be able to stay for a month ever again either as we expand our family. Sweet because I am happy to see Dave and return to normal life again. Sleeping in my own bed and having my own bathroom are a plus. And not having any Phoebe freak outs in a restaurant on a daily basis will be nice too.
So it’s back to the kitchen for me. After being in 4 different countries, tons of different cities, and tasting so many different types of cuisines, I have lots and lots of ideas and inspiration that I am so excited to share!