My sister casually gazing at the lock bridge.
"My wife better know how much I flippin' love her because I'm letting her do a photo shoot of my ice cream cone before I even lick it!" (what he is thinking, almost definitely)
Lyla's first taste of sugar. BIG MISTAKE. A long drawn out tantrum resulted after refusing to give her more licks. I guess kids these days are starting tantrums at 11 months?
This castle and this building both make cameos in the Sound of Music. That is literally all I know about them, besides the fact that they look really awesome. I'm real thorough with this tourism thing.
Alright alright alright lets get to the good stuff already, yeah? If this trip was an artichoke, this part would be the artichoke heart. And no, I won't apologize for that awful analogy because that's exactly how I felt about it. We are shameless Sound of Music fans. Ok, I am a shameless sound of music fan, with my mom right up there with me, and rachel and jeff lagging far behind.
The only problem was that I haven't rode on a bike for....oh, I don't know, like 15 years! But after a few hundred feet of wobbling my way to the crosswalk, tipping over, then begging the tour guide to lower my seat, I was doing pretty good. After I had adjusted the seat, I took it on a little practice run to the stop light and back. There were lots of pedestrians and I was a little annoyed that they didn't part like the red sea when they saw me coming, but I learned to swerve and miraculously, didn't kill anyone!
I then proceeded to take about 25 pictures of these girls in their bike trailer and simultaneously melt and shout all synonymns of "adorable" that I could think of.
It would have been a disservice to Julie Andrews if we didn't take this picture. I mean the woman deserves some props. Not only can she teach a bunch of kids to sing and hit a high C; but she can rock a boy haircut and still look like a stunner. HOW?
This door was in a few scenes, I think when they were fleeing from the nazis!
The dad of the year right here. He pulled jane in the trailer, and held Lyla in the carrier. And at one point we went up a huge, killer hill that most people couldn't even get up with just their bikes. But if you know Jeff, then it won't be difficult for you to imagine him leaning forward with a fierce and determined look on his face as he pedaled his way up that hill and passed a whole slew of others, and at one point yelling for me to get out of his way so he could get through, and up, without stopping. STUD.
Maria splashed in this fountain while singing "Confidence in Me"! I don't know why that little fact makes this statue 1000 times cooler, but it does.
We stopped to learn about some cool facts in the Old Town Square, and to Jane's delight, there just so happened to be a woman selling balloons. I think Jeff was just as delighted!
Stop. How cute is this?
They were also selling these thick and soft pretzels in all different flavors (cinnamon sugar, cheesy, bacon and cheese, apple pie, etc). Lunch! PERFECT.
Remember the hill of death I mentioned earlier that we had to ride up? Well it lead us to this view so I can say it was definitely worth it. Hard things almost always are.
The man, the myth, the legend.
When they were filming in the backyard, they filmed with this house ^^ and the front of the house is an entirely different house. This little lake is where the kids rode their bikes along and also where they rode in a canoe in this scene:
The front of the Von Trapp house:
Once we went to all the places in the main part of the city, we ventured out into the beautiful austrian countryside. We were on weaving paved paths and were whizzing by greenish golden fields of grass with the magnificent mountains as the backdrop. There were poppy fields, grassy, flowery fields, and the sun was shining its warm glowing rays as it was beginning to set, just to add an extra punch of gleaming beauty to all the surrounding views. To add to the loveliness, I was riding along side some of my very favorite humans and had a speaker in my bike basket that was blasting the soundtrack of the Sound of Music. I felt like I was transported to the actual movie, as the light breeze flew through my hair and the sunshine and the melodies and the amazing scenery all worked together to create some of the most surreal and happy moments of my life. Tucking those memories away in a safe, and forever preserved place.
Our end point was Hellbrun park, and OH how I wish we had 4 more hours to spend there. But I had 2 little girls that were telling me via excessive whining, that bed time needed to come STAT. So we had to walk away from the biggest and most kid friendly park, with a palace and trick fountains, I've ever seen in Europe! We will be back for it, promise.