Date: Sunday, July 27, 1958
Place: Salsburg, Austria
Cheers on getting up at 6:00 and traveling all day ’til 6:00 P.M. on the bumpiest bus-ride yet! The Austrian fellas came down to see us off and we all waved madly as we drove away. I guess the trip is really catching up with me ’cause as usual I was too sleepy all day to see much. Did wake up every now and then to see beautiful mountains, lakes, and oh yes, the Blue Danube which isn’t blue at all but grey!
We are staying at the Hotel Meran and everyone went right to bed after supper, but first Jan cut my hair (I was beginning to look like an orphan) and I took a bath (50¢) and washed some clothes – clean-up Judy night!
Salzburg (literally “salt castle”) is the fourth largest city in Austria. The name comes from the barges that carried salt on the Salzach River and had to pay a toll in the 8th century. The “white gold”, as it was called, was very valuable for trading and played an important role in the development of the city.
In addition to being the birthplace of Mozart, the city is likely best known as the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music. Maria Von Trapp and her family lived in Salzburg before fleeing to the United States after the Nazi invasion of Austria. The original production debuted on Broadway in November 1959 and the story was later adapted for film in 1965.