When I last left you, our little family was roaming around Europe wearing nothing but some old drapes.
Well, maybe not old drapes.
But we definitely were doing some roaming.
It was with sorrow that we said goodbye to Switzerland, and joy that we found ourselves in Salzburg. Where, sadly for those traveling with me, I found occasion to use every Sound of Music quote in my repertoire. My vast repertoire. Like. I have confidence in sunshine! I have confidence in rain!
(I did, however, think Chase's umbrella might not have instilled a lot of confidence.)
(Are you tired of the Sound of Music references yet?)
(So is the city of Salzburg, I'm sure.)
* The Frauline Maria Bike Tour. Highly recommend it if ever you're in Salzburg. You ride all through the city and countryside, taking in the historic Salzburg sites, as well as the filming locations for the Sound of Music. It's nearly impossible to resist singing the ever-familiar tunes whilst careening past the spots that Julie Andrews made famous. Even the Husband gave in to temptation and muttered a line or two against his will. It was fantastic.
* Seeing the places where Oma and Opa fell in love when they were young. Though I'm sure the boys found it less romantic than the girls, it was thrilling to see the places firsthand that we've heard about for years. I reminded our kids that this city is part of their story, too. Then and now. It's pretty cool to see it come full circle.
* My boys in mullet hats. I'm still kicking myself for not buying them. They pretty much rocked.
* Die Festung (or The Fortress). Fantastic view, from bottom to top. Though the eight pounds of sweat dripping off me after hiking up the hillside to get there made me sort of wish I had taken the train instead. Note to self: LISTEN TO OMA.
* The Salt Mines. Very fun, and probably informative. Unfortunately, our English translator headsets only worked half the time, so we got a lot of the information in German. Which was pretty much useless to most of us. Except to the Husband, who
* The Eagle's Nest. Hitler's birthday present from the Nazi Party. Spectacular, chilling, and unbelievably high up. Favorite part for me: The history lesson at the top from our resident historian.
* Staying at the Weisse Taube Hotel and playing cards in the lobby until after midnight because our rooms were too small.
*Also at the Weisse Taube: No air conditioning (eek!) or screens on the windows in our room on the third floor. I about had a heart attack every time one of my children poked their heads out to see the sights. Which was about every eight seconds. We were probably in greater danger of me dying from worry than from them actually falling out. But still. The mama in me cannot be contained.
* Doing laundry in a shop run by the ONE person we ran into over the two weeks who spoke no English. Thankfully, it had been enough days of German immersion that I could tell her we were doing