I don't care how close/loving/amazing your family is, on a week-long trip to a foreign country, with plenty of time spent in a compact rental car, sometimes it's nice to take a break and get a little space.
So when we got to Salzburg, the halfway point of our trip, we all decided it would be best if we went our separate ways for the day... and thank goodness we did! Zach wasn't feeling well, and probably wouldn't have been happy on the 5k Alpine hike my parents and Arden did.
Instead he & I spent the morning wandering through little alleyways, eating truffles, exploring churches & old castle fortresses, and singing various choruses from The Sound of Music. (How could you NOT?)
For those of you who haven't caught on yet, or who maybe haven't seen the Sound of Music 200 times like I have, yes. This is the town where the classic musical was filmed. And, if you thought it was beautiful in the movie, it's 10x better in person. Seriously.
Oh, look! It's the Von Trapp Family home! (Well, from the movie, at least...)
Salzburg is also the birthplace of Mozart - which of course is exploited in the best way possible: rubber duckies. These little guys (along with Mozart-themed chocolates) were everywhere. I regret not picking one up for our new claw-foot tub.
I think that last picture is my favorite from the day. Not only does my husband look amazing (hubba, hubba!), but it also highlights two of our favorite spots in the village: Hohensalzburg Castle (up on the hill) and Salzburger Dom (the green-roofed Catholic cathedral.)
Next up: our snow day in The Alps!