Chapel bridge in Lucerne was my favorite:
I mean, it is the entire giant spanning bridge behind us in the picture below us, but garnished from one end to the other on both sides with the most gorgeous flower boxes EVER. So beautiful!
Lucerne was definitely picturesque right along the river.
And of all the times I'd noticed how interesting all the painting right on the walls of homes and buildings was, this definitely had the largest, and often strangest collection of them.
And I could hardly handle McDonald's - um hello dessert on actual plates with silverware???
Then it was on to Salzburg, Austria, home of The Sound of Music. Here is the abbey sitting perched on the hill from the true story of Maria von Trapp.
Yes, we even did a full Sound of Music tour and I have to say we actually did love it. It was also fun getting to hear the details about the real people, all of Maria's input that went into the movie and where the family ended up.
The place they used as the Von Trapp home in the movie (from the backside):
I could totally picture the scene with the kids swinging from the trees in the lane here when the Captain drove back in town....
And ahhh, the famous gazebo...
The church they were married in....
Although check out the outside of it - more chevrons!
The cutest little town where the chapel was -
The gardens where a lot of the "Do Re Mi" song was performed:
And then we stopped for lunch. Is this not like the most picturesque lunch spot EVER?
So a funny story about this day. When we were at the gazebo, my eye was caught by a couple that appeared to be on a private Sound of Music tour. My first thought was, wow, that is a really attractive couple. And she has nice legs and really cute hair. :) And then I thought it seemed odd that they would be the type to have a private Sound of Music tour. Young, good looking, and he looked really sporty and athletic. But whatever. Well, when we stopped for lunch, I went inside and down the stairs to use the bathroom. As I came up, I noticed that couple sitting at a table inside, just on the other side of the glass from where we would have been sitting outside on the deck. I took a look again, meandered over to look at the giant strudel sitting on the counter, and then tried to unnoticeably glance over at the table again. And then it hit me - that looks like Carrie Underwood. And doesn't her husband look kind of like that guy? Hmm.... When I got back in the car, I tried to google to see if there was any mention or tweet of some sort giving a hint at where Carrie Underwood might be. But as I googled I hit on a sentence that read: Carrie Underwood is currently prepping for her role as Maria in the live tv version of The Sound of Music. No way!!! Of course it was her - and that's why this couple was taking this private tour getting all the scoop on the Sound of Music! And I had run into her twice! I can't believe I didn't take any pictures!
While we were in the area, we also stopped for a legitimately Alpine alpine slide, as in right up in the real Alps! I loved how this kind whisked you up the mountain backwards on your sled.
And then came yet another anxiety-ridden part of the trip for me - the ride we took up to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. It was just switchbacks right next to the cliff the whole way up to the tippy top of this mountain in a giant bus that I swear was going to fall off the edge. I could understand why they said Hitler only went up there a handful of times even though his mistress had it built for him and the road paved just to get there - apparently he had issues with heights as well.
It did have amazing views though, and it was really crazy to be in all the same exact places Hitler had been. It had this crazy underground tunnel you had to go through to get in to get to an elevator to take you up to where the house was up on top.
Old newspaper clippings showing Hitler up there and the inside as it was then.
And it was pretty crazy to see the 1938 on the fireplace and the names of soldiers etched into it from the Allies who had raided and occupied the place during the war.
It was very interesting, slightly creepy, terrifying for me (the ride up), and one of the highlights for Ryan.
But for heaven's sake - someone tell me what on earth this sign means?! Witches this way? You can either take a ferry or a broom to reach this destination?? This way to the haunted cruise line? And why must every sign in these countries end with fahrt??
Well, whatever the case, it meant Ryan could finally dip his toes into some of that crisp Alpine water. For some reason he just had that craving every time we saw a lake on our trip. I finally humored him. :)