Salzburg Day 1

What a trip, what a weekend. As mentioned yesterday, Hubby and I spent the past long weekend in Salzburg, Austria. It has been a dream of mine to visit this spot since I was a little girl because of my love obsession with the movie the Sound of Music. I watched that movie too many times to count as a kid and even acted out the marching scenes and the kicking in the gazebo on our L-shaped couch. Sorry, Mom!

So, let’s start at the beginning, shall we. We got on the road a little after noon after dropping Copley off with a pet sitter. Side note: our pet sitter was amazing, sent daily updates and pictures and took great care of our little girl. We used Pawshake.



It took us a little over 4 hours to get there, but it was nice weather for a drive…ie, it rained! But, we still had fun listening to the end of the Serial Season 2 podcast and Sound of Music sound track. One note on Serial, season 2 was definitely not as good as season 1. We were committed though.



Our exit to Salzburg. One negative about driving or taking the train is our passports didn’t get stamped!! Such a bummer. And there aren’t any signs anywhere that say, “Welcome to Austria!” For a good 10 minutes I couldn’t tell if we were in Austria or Germany. We only figured it out once we saw the border on our GPS.

We drove straight to our hotel, the Sheraton Salzburg. We did pay for our hotel and everything…not sponsored! I also want to note that we checked in entirely in German! I caught about every 3rd word, but, hey, we’re learning!


sheraton lobby

The gorgeous lobby.



The huge bathroom with 2 sinks, which made Hubby very happy!



It was a big, nice room. It’s certainly nicer than the hotel where we stayed for almost 2 months. This would have been fabulous.

Once we got settled, we grabbed our umbrellas and headed to find some dinner. We stumbled upon this great little Italian restaurant, La Bruschetta, and like the name suggests, we had to order some homemade bruschetta as an appetizer. Oh, and a bottle of wine.



I wouldn’t expect mozzarella on bruschetta, but it was DELICIOUS!! The arugula added some nice spice and I easily could have finished this whole thing .

We had great conversation and planned our next few days!




After dinner…and tiramisu, we ventured to the Mirabellgartens. This is where the Sound of Music finished singing Do-Re-Mi and was definitely on the top of the list of sights to see. And because it was raining…we basically had the whole thing to ourselves!



Yes, I was totally singing Do-Re-Mi while I jumped around the fountain.


We walked around the garden some more and then headed back to the hotel, where we were surprised with a treat!



Yum! And we needed our rest because we had to be ready for the Sound of Music tour at 9 AM the next day.

Check back tomorrow for a recap of the tour!



  1. Ara Lawrence | 12th Apr 16

    I feel like I’ve been there!

  2. Auntie Kim | 13th Apr 16

    Great job Jess! I have been there & your thoughts took me back. It’s just so beautiful- glad your dream came true! If your wedding wasn’t there atleast you were able to travel there together!

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