27.05.2013 3 °C
Today we went on a "The Sound of Music" tour, showing film sites in Salzburg and revealing information about the film that we did not know before. Surprisingly, this is one of Neal's favourite movies.
We woke up to a hearty breakfast. It was unusual to see a range of foods which included cucumber and fresh tomato for breakfast along with fried or scrambled eggs, various sausages, bacon, fresh watermelon and melon, tinned fruits, yoghurts, various hams and cheeses, gluten free crackers, various tea and coffee, jam and bread but no toasters. Neal asked where the toaster was and they said they did not have one. Also I noticed they don't seem to have the variety of tea's that we have eg. chai tea both loose leaf or tea bags. Our first experience of an Austrian breakfast.
Anyway we found out on our tour that Salzburg means a place of salt. They apparently made a lot of money here by mining and selling salt. We were taken to various locations in Salzburg where the movie was filmed by bus. Neal was in heaven singing to The Sound of Music songs on the bus He was so embarrassing. He also filmed the young tour guide singing to the music. She was very young and from London.
We learnt how Hollywood can make amazing things happen in movies by cutting and editing. For example, Salzburg is usually very cold and wet. It was planned that the last scene you see in the movie was going to take 6 weeks but it ended up being 11 weeks due to the weather. The directors and producers had to find a way to make things happen so they took shots and then took them back to the office where they were cut and edited to make the scene sunny with gorgeous clouds. They allowed us an hour break and we went into a small gift shop where we saw a t-shirt which had a kangaroo on it and it read "No Kangaroos in Austria". Neal and I had a laugh.
Then we had a coffee at a nice small and very warm coffee shop nearby. I must say that so far Italy has had the best coffee out of all the countries we have visited. This is my opinion only. France and Germany's coffee were very strong and bitter. Italian coffee I find is very strong but not very bitter. I think it is all in the beans they use. Austrian coffee is ok but Italian coffee comes out streets ahead of the rest in my opinion.
It has been difficult for Neal and I to find laundromats here as they are almost non existent. We did find one at the hotel we stayed at in Nice.
I am not sure I could live in some parts of Europe unless I owned a house or apartment as most people live in high rise apartment blocks. Reminds me a bit like Sydney without the many years of history.
Salzburg is about 3000 years old. It is very beautiful with the Bavarian/Swiss Alps in the background.
We saw on the BBC world news the weather for Australia and it appears it is getting cooler there. We also heard about Ford cuts in Australia the other day. Not good. TV viewing is very limited, BBC world news/CNN only.
Tomorrow we are driving from Salzburg to Venice and the next day flying out to Berlin for a few days before I go and meet my cousins in Southern Italy.