rewind: salzburg, austria - june 2018

My six year old self was in heaven. I had finally walked onto the real-life set of ‘The Sound of Music’. The only thing missing was Julie Andrews.

The Salzach River, which divides the city-centre.

The Salzach River, which divides the city-centre.

Fun Facts About Salzburg:

  1. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

  2. Salzburg is translated in English as ‘salt castle’.

  3. It was the birthplace of Mozart.

  4. There is 27 churches within the city boundary. That’s a lot.

  5. I highly recommend Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tours. They take you to all the filming locations of ‘The Sound of Music’… all while singing. It is a once in lifetime experience.

Cafe Sacher, something out of a Wes Anderson film.

Cafe Sacher, something out of a Wes Anderson film.

Best Eats:

  1. Bäckerei-Café Resch&Frisch - Cinnamon Roll

  2. Gasthof Alter Fuchs - Beef Goulash

  3. Spar - Cucumber Salad

  4. Cafe Sacher - Sachertorte

  5. Gasthaus Wilden Mann - Cheese Dumplings

Religious imagery is found throughout Salzburg. The depiction of Virgin Mary is a very common sight. The majority of Austria is registered as Roman Catholic. Religion feels much more ingrained into society than other parts of Europe I’ve visited. My favourite sound was listening to the bells ringing from Dom zu Salzburg, echoing off the surrounding mountains.

Next, we took the B158 to Hallstatt. It was roughly an hour and a half from Salzburg. However, my Dad and I stopped at little towns along the way; St. Gilgen, Bad Ischl, and Eisenaueralm.


The ‘famous’ Hallstatt postcard shot.

The ‘famous’ Hallstatt postcard shot.

My Dad and his camera.

My Dad and his camera.

My Dad has taken me to some strange places, in the name of photography. However, Hallstatt Beinhaus wins hands down as the strangest location. Hallstatt is a very small town. In the 18th century, they ran out of burial space. In order to solve the problem, they exhumed the bodies from their graves and placed their skulls in a small chapel. The last skull was placed in the ossuary in 1995. Tourists can now visit Hallstatt Beinhaus, quite literally a room full of painted skulls.

View of Lake Hallstatt from the top of the town.

View of Lake Hallstatt from the top of the town.

The Sound of Music (1965)

I couldn’t end without sharing this gem. Nothing sums up my (childhood) Sunday afternoons like Julie Andrews singing Do-Re-Mi.

Note: That last shot in the clip was filmed at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. And yes… It still looks exactly the same as it did over forty decades ago.

cotswolds - june 2018

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
— Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

My Dad and I spent a long weekend this summer visiting the Cotswolds. It was like something out of a Jane Austen novel. All that was missing with Mr. Darcy ;). We started our road trip in Salisbury then travelled north to Stratford, stopping in little towns and National Trust properties along the way.


What I appreciated most about the trip was having time with my Dad. We spent hours taking photos and hunting down our next location; cameras at the ready. I helped my Dad get comfortable with driving on the left side of the road while introducing him to a few new NPR political podcasts. It was all extra special considering we now live thousands of miles apart.

My Top Cotswold Villages:

  1. Castle Combe

  2. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

  3. Blockley

  4. Lower Slaughter

  5. Stowe


Classical/ instrumental music is not only for people over the age of 65. I love piano music whether it traditional, modern or a fusion of both. This song was the perfect soundtrack to my Jane Austen weekend in the Cotswolds. I could listen to this track on repeat all afternoon.