Apparently the real Maria von Trapp was a nun in training (postulant) in the abbey after WWI and it was then used to film parts of the film. My spell check keeps saying this isn't a word, but postulate as it's trying to force me to write is not the right word either.
Nonnberg Abbey was founded in 714 and is one of the oldest continually functioning nunneries in the world.
It is just below the castle in Salzburg. I didn't walk to it my first trip, but since knew the Sound of Music tour did not include a walk up to the abbey because it is disruptive to the nuns, Adrienne and I headed over to the nunnery to disrupt the nuns ourselves.
Due to this misinformation, we spent much of our time trying to burst through doors to get to the various locations in the film. It was very similar to the time I was in the Opera House in Paris and my friend Julie and I spent much of our time attempting to burst through doors in the basement so we could see the lake that is actually under the opera house.
Unfortunately, our attempts to break into the courtyard were thwarted by an old man making shoes and a locked door. We chose not to walk through his kitchen to explore further.
I mean, she actually disappeared. She was ten feet in front of us and then suddenly she was nowhere to be seen. She probably knew we were attempting to look for abbey locations.
I would like to use this moment to interject that we were very quiet in our attempts to reach the courtyard and attempted to not be obvious. We were also the only people there.
Despite our failed attempts to break in, the abbey was quite beautiful.
- Danger! Men doing laundry!