Monday, July 27, 2009

The Sound of Music

"The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music."

Can you hear the melody?
Imagine standing in the Alps, looking, dancing and frolicking in the sun like the von Trapp family.
It's a must. Yes, we took the Sound of Music Tour which was has many of it's scenes filmed along the borders of Germany and Austria. It was first performed in 1959 and made a new awakening in 1964 when this musical was recognized as a Broadway Show and hit the streets of New York with a healthy 1442-performance run.
Do you know that many Europeans have not seen the musical?

Leopold's Crown Palace (Schloss Leopoldskron) The terrace scenes at the rear of the Captain's villa, overlooking the lake. Do you remember when Maria and the children stood up in the boat and fell into the water?

I'm glad that these family members decided to stay seated. Another beautiful forest with crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains in southern Germany. Do you recognize any of these people?

Here is a picture of the Glass Gazebo in the gardens of the Von Trapp Villa. This is where the song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was produced. It poured that day!!! And this photo gives true evidence.

You saw this picture earlier in my last post. The Untersberg Mountain rises majestically behind the area of the Hohensalzburg Fortress. (Konzert Venue) On top of the this mountain was the location, used to film the scenes of the von Trapp family dressed in traditional clothes as if they were hiking on an outing in the mountains. They were actually trying to flee for safety.

The von Trapp family dressed in their hiking clothes. I love Julie Andrews. What an actor!!

A trip down to Mondsee, a half hour drive through beautiful rolling alps. Here is where the wedding scene was filmed. I could of spent hours my wedding all over.

This is me, walking down to the music of Maria's processional in 1973. I was introduced to this musical in my early teens and it was a dream in my heart only to be lived out.
That's why there are many sentiments in my heart to this masterpiece.

Lest we forget the music of "Edelweiss." I found some dried flowers and brought them home as a memory. Let's all sing it together. Imagine the whole bus singing along in harmony.
"Bless my homeland forever."

"A Few of My Favorite Things" What are your favorite things? Can you hear the children laughing and giggling?

I can still hear Deniz voice, my young nephew, from Germany giggling and laughing,
"Let's sing that song again."
"Doe a deer, a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun, me a name I call myself...."

This little man knows where he is going...."I have Confidence"

"I Must Have done Something Good" "Here Tanta Marg, These are for you!"

And so Tanta Marg comes running, thinking, she is who? Julie Andrews? Just for a moment.... It's so much fun to live out our fantasies. This little one allowed me this privilege.

"Climb Every Mountain" What does that mean for a young child?

Thank-you for allowing me to share this theatrical musical with a modern day twist, as I had the privilege of living a true experience in many ways.

So long Goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Bye,
Good Bye, Good Bye, Good Bye...


  1. AnonymousJuly 27, 2009


  2. Marg . ..I can easily see you sing with joy in the Alps. .pleasing the youngsters and older folks alike. Very fun.

  3. Thank you for letting me re-live the tour we enjoyed 15years ago.
    It's an enchanting feeling being there.

  4. AnonymousJuly 27, 2009

    What a wonderful post. Very creative and the photos were outstanding. Excellent my friend :)

  5. Grand way to spend a vacation and thanks for letting me tag along via computer.

    Wasn't that a great movie, and will we ever have something that wonderful ever made again?

  6. I can imagine you dancing like Maria, too! What a wonderful experience to share with Deniz and with us!

    Have you read Maria von Trapp's autobiography?

  7. Isn't it fun to re-live these experiences by blogging about them? And allowing us to join in your adventures...if only for a few minutes? I'm sure those hills really were alive...with the sound of music!

  8. How great is that! I love your Sound of Music Post. Boy would we be breaking out in song walking there! Beautiful photos...

  9. Wonderful post...thank you for sharing.

  10. Enjoyed all the photos..thanks for sharing Marg!

  11. AnonymousJuly 29, 2009

    Hi Marg, This was a lovely blog. Thanks for the photos and yes I have visited many of those places. I also love the movie and have met Julie Andrews briefly. A lovely person.
    Regards Diane

  12. How wonderful to be able to visit all those places. It reminds me of Switzerland - such majestic mountains.

    What a beautiful wedding picture- I love your veil.

    I'm singing along with the music - a favourite movie of mine. I had a crush on Kurt when it came out. I guess I was pretty young :)

  13. Words cannot describe how much I would've loved to have been there with you. This is absolutely my favorite movie - love the singing, the scenery, everything. And to think you were there in person is such a wonderful thought.

  14. Wow... What an amazing tour... I didn't know they had a tour like this!!!
    I guess I have a theme song here too!

    How do you solve a problem like Maria?
    How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
    How do you find a word that means Maria?
    A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!

    Your photo's are breathtaking!
    I'll pass this along to my daughter ~ another Sound of Music fan!

    So glad I stopped by your post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. ps... very nice touch with the playlist! loved hearing the Sound of Music playing while visiting your photos!

  16. AH, this might be my favorite post that you have ever written. One of my favorite movies, songs which I can sing with gusto, breathtaking scenery, believable characters...and your photos and words captured the essence perfectly. You are one creative blogger ~ thank you for sharing this with us! Now I have a movie I must go watch! :)

  17. I'll never forget the excitement of my father and mother taking my brother and I to Hollywood to see the the "Sound of Music, during its first few weeks of being out.

    I love Julie Andrews (and I loved Mary Poppins, too.)

    I SO enjoyed this post!!
    I'm glad it is STILL as beautiful as it was in the movie, and in real life.

    About your husband's real name is not Mozart. But he works for composer Phil Marshall and sometimes ghost-composes for him, so if you see Phil's name, it means my husband worked on it.

    Dust to Glory is about the Baja 1000 a famous annual race down in Mexico...and many Americans take their hopped up cars down there. It's a fun documentary. The surfing films, Endless Summer, and Endless Summer II are classics. This newest film...High Water is good but it mainly appeals to the hard core surf crowd---the previous films mentioned have more cross-appeal. My husband's name, Bill--is in the credits for mixing...but the credits go by so fast!

  18. I love this post! My favorite musical for sure, it was so fun to see pictures of all of this. I would definitely take that tour if I had the opportunity to be there. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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