Today was the day of the Fraulein Maria Bike Tour. It's meant to cover areas that were filmed in the movie. Apparently, 300,000 people visit Salzburg a year because of SOM. And I admit, it was part of the appeal for me. So, today's blog won't mean a whole lot if you haven't seen the movie or don't like the movie. :)
I woke up and had a fabulous breakfast at Pension Katrin
We met at the Mirabellplatz for the bike tour. I took the same bus as yesterday to our meeting place. The bikes were sturdy and nice, and our tour guide, Sharron, was born in Israel but has mainly lived in England. There were 12 of us, which was nice because I imagine Bike tours can't be with too many people. We started in Salzburg and checked out the Horses Bath. This is seen briefly as Maria and the kids are in the carriage during Do Re Mi. Next, we saw a gate that Rolf stands in front of gate when Liesl is all into him, but he ignores her because he's all into Hitler at that point
We then biked into the country and the scenery was stunning. Sharron also turned SOM tunes on with her mini speaker. It was frankly pretty awesome. We saw the lake where Maria and the kids fell in the water, as well as the back of the balcony where those scenes were filmed, formerly a palace (Palace Leopold). The front of the house is now a university music building, and is different from the palace (now a hotel) on the lake. The house is still yellow, and back in the day, yellow symbolized wealth. They had to add product to make the paint yellow, And so it was expensive to have houses yellow. We saw the big gate (open) and where they pushed the car when trying to escape, as well as the side of the house where Maria does heel clicks during the 'Confidence' song
Most of the indoor scenes for the movie were filmed in Hollywood. Tre crew was only supposed to be in Salzburg for 6 weeks, but because it rained so much, it was extended to 12. The scene with Maria on the hill was filmed near Untersberg, which was saw, but she twirled on the German part of it. Also, the helicopter getting overhead shots kept knocking her over with its power. And it was cold. So even though in the movie she looked happy twirling, most likely filming that scene kind of sucked
We rode past the Nonnberg Abbey, where exterior shots were filmed, but we couldn't get up close. Ironically, the real Maria and Georg were the only couple to ever get married in the Abbey. How cool is that ?? The Abbey in the neighboring town of Mondsee is where the interior of the wedding was filmed. (By the way, there are 49 Churches in the city of Salzburg, and 48 are Catholic).
Finally, we saw the Mirabell Gardens, where much of the dancing in Do RE Mi happened. I thought it was a great tour, and it was nice to bike outside in the fresh air. I really felt like Maria !
I ended the day resting and buying a new charger for my camera, as apparently I left it in Maribor. Doh! The camera shop was only 5 Minutes from my pension, and then I had a nice Italian dinner at a restaurant close to the pension. This also meant locals and not any tourists.
Also posted are two videos on YouTube from the Bike Tour, that are kind of humorous. We had music playing from the soundtrack, and it was a lot of fun.
It was a great day and the weather cooperated. Tomorrow's plans will depend on the weather, as I've heard it's supposed to rain.
Thanks for reading,
The Hills Are Alive!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Salzburg, Austrian Alps, Austria