Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Hills Are Alive!

So back in January a couple friends from my ward called and asked me if I want to go with them to Germany for Spring Break. After I learned the price of the plane ticket ($503), I said, "Of course!" Since I have been to Germany before I really wanted to go south to Bavaria to see my castle "Neuschwanstein" (Neuenswander -- it's close, right?!) And since it's so close to the Austrian boarder head over to Salzburg to see where some of the Sound of Music was filmed. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the travel bug has hit me again and I'm ready to travel the world.
So here's my castle. We walked straight up the mountain to get there. It was absolutely breathtaking inside. King Ludwig II had an incredible imagination to imagine such a fairytale of a place. It's easy to understand why girls would want to be princesses if they got to live in such a grand palace.
This is on top of Mt. Zugspite - the highest peak in Germany. We took a tram up and had an amazing view of the Alps. Unfortunately it was cold and windy, but well worth the trip up. The ski slopes were calling out to me.
Candace and me with the Sound of Music cow before the tour started.The house that was used for the front of the von Trapp villa. You see Maria stop at the gate while singing "I Have Confidence" and Captain von Trapp pull down the Nazi flag after the honeymoon as well.
Here's the chapel that Maria and Captain von Trapp where married in the film. In the movie they make it seem like they get married in Nonnburg Abbey, where the real Maria and Captain von Trapp were married, but in reality it was in another church about 30 km outside of Salzburg.
Mirabell Gardens where a lot of Do-Re-Mi was filmed. Let's just say I did a little bit of singing while here...
This is the last picture we took on our trip. I had so much fun! Thanks for inviting me, Kate and Candace!


Heather said...

Sounds like you had a blast! I'm glad you've decided not to abandon your blog, I hope you continue to post! Love you!

John and Karisa said...

COOL cuz! What an awesome trip! I'm glad you got to see your castle. And that is so fun to see the scenes from the Sound of Music. Remember when we went to the Von Trapp house during our "camping" trip in Vermont?

hfaanunu said...

I am sooooo excited for you!!! What a great opportunity you had!! Germany and Austria truly are two of the most beautiful countries in the world!! So full of history and natural neauty! I am happy to see that you are doing so well! I miss you!

Gary said...

I like your blog, and that you mentioned me in your blog!!!