In Salzburg, Austria, we learned about the von Trapp family, saw some of the spots in which the movie was filmed, and stayed at the von Trapp family’s house. The Villa von Trapp is the real house of the von Trapp family, which is now a bed and breakfast. The movie made it look grand, but it is not as enormous as the film made it seem. That is because the filmmakers used two other houses to represent the home of the von Trapp family. One house (the Frohnburg Palace) was the front, the other (Leopoldskron) was used as the back. The inside of the house was movie magic. In other words, recreated in Hollywood.
The gazebo has another history. It was originally located in Leopoldskron. The gazebo was too small to dance in, so in the movie, the outside of the gazebo is real, but the inside was recreated, slightly larger, in Hollywood. The gazebo was moved from its original location, mainly because it had too many disturbing visitors. It ended up in the park at Hellbrunn Palace, a public place where you can’t really disturb anyone. That is where we saw it.
We also saw many other places used for filming, like the places where the children and Maria sing Do Re Mi in the Mirabell Gardens. We tried to take pictures of us in their poses. We saw the fountain that Maria splashed while she sang I Have Confidence in Me. We splashed it too. We saw Nonnberg Abbey, the place where Maria married the captain–the real one, not the one in the movie. But the abbey was also used for several scenes in the movie, including the one at the gate when the children come looking for Maria.
Austria is at the foot at the alps. When we look at them, we try to guess which one the von Trapps have climbed. Actually, the von Trapp family escaped to Italy by train, and then took a boat to America. (They went through Ellis Island.) I cannot imagine anyone climbing over all the Alps. Our hotel manager told us that the movie was 40 percent real and 60 percent false. He says that Maria really did make clothes for the kids out of curtains. He also said that it was a priest that encouraged them to sing publicly.
I didn’t see raindrops on roses, and we really didn’t need warm woolen mittens. We didn’t see does, which are female deer, and we didn’t drink tea or sing ti. However, Austria is now one of my favorite things, and it’s on my mind if I’m happy or sad. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!
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