30 June ’04, Wednesday - Salzburg. This morning we awoke early for the “Sound of Music” tour. Dad decided this wasn’t his thing, so Mom picked up the bus from the campground and met us at our hotel by 9:00AM (the public transportation here is fabulous). After negotiating for just the right bus, we boarded the bus and the guide put Drew and Louise in the front row. Our flamboyant tour guide was extremely funny and kept us all entertained. The bus was probably 50% American and the rest varied from New Zealanders, Japanese, Mexican, Australian, etc. Our guide said that the only country that did not love “The Sound of Music” was Austria! A highlight of the tour was the toboggan ride.
Although petrified (Lou Lou and Mikleane), we decided to give it a try. Well, where’s the next toboggan run? We loved it! Lou Lou and Mikleane shared a toboggan and Drew and Rick each had there own.
We’ve all decided to have our own sled next time. We saw many highlights from the movie. The funniest to me was the Gazebo (remember “16 going on 17”?). In the late ‘80s they finally locked the door so tourists could no longer go inside. An 80-year-old woman fell and broke her hip while dancing and jumping from bench to bench like ‘Leisl’. That’s a true fan! In the afternoon, Rick convinced us to visit the largest beer hall in Salzburg attached to a Monastery. After hiking through all of old town and then climbing about 200 stairs we were starting to doubt his wisdom. But, he didn’t let us down. With seating for 3000 inside and 1500 outside, we found a perfect table under large trees along with all the locals. We gave the kids 5 Euros for dinner and dessert and while we nursed our beers, they headed inside to select their dinner from the many restaurants lining the hallways. They’ve grown quite confident in their pointing abilities! It’s amazing what they will do to be understood when buying candy. The highlight of the day was going home with Mom and Dad to the campground. Louise and Drew were very excited to see the Simunds
and joined the kids for a dinner of McDonalds while the adults found a great table at the campground restaurant for fabulous Wienerschnitzle and Apple Strudel. Great company and great food!