My Favourite Things, Verse 2

Continuing with My Favourite Things, as part of Cee's Fun Foto Challenge on things mentioned in songs.
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favourite things.

As before I am posting photographs that I consider come close enough to what the verse lists,

1. Seeing Camargue horses run

Festival of Virgins, Stes Marie de la Mer, Camargue

My husband and I visited Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, in the region of Camargue situated in the south of France, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in 2012. The town is famous as a pilgrimage destination for the Roma people. It is a lovely town with a unique history. You can read more about it here and here. We (unintentionally) happened to be there on the last sunday of July which is the day for the annual Festival of Virgins (Fête des Vierges). It was started in 1904 by Frederic Mistral, the great Occitan poet. It is a way to preserve the Occitan culture and lifestyle of the region and entails the running of the famous Camargue horses by the cavaliers (horsemen) from the region and young women parade around town dressed in traditional Provençal dresses. You may find them walking or looking majestic on the beautiful horses. You can catch a glimpse of these women in the picture above. The thunder of hundreds of horse hooves knocking on the asphalt of narrow streets in Saintes Marie that day filled the salty sea breeze with sweet and wondrous excitement.

2. Chocolate tart and Apfel Strudel at Café Diglas in Vienna

Cafe Sacher

Yes, I am remembering a Viennese café that is not Café Sacher. We went there as well but we fell in love with Café Diglas for its beautiful atmosphere. It had an ‘old Vienna’ feel. The interiors are marvellous and the café doesn’t attract as many tourists as Sacher. I am not a fan of the apple strudel as such but I have to say that the one at Café Diglas (the pie you see at the back on the photo) was delicious and went perfectly with the creamy Wiener Melange (oh how I love you!). The other tart (the one with the whipped cream on it) was most probably a chocolate cake. I don’t remember its name but I do remember it being divine! To be noted: Sacher torte is one of my favourite cakes of all times.

3. The church bells of Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral bells Seville cathedral bells

We walked up Giralda – the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral for the best views of the city of Seville. We weren’t disappointed! It took us 15 minutes and there were 34 ramps to scale. Phew! But you can always take a break in between at the little windows for some amazing views of the cathedral as you rise slowly above it. It’s well worth the effort. I fell in love with the bells at the top, that rang with the history of Medieval Europe.

4. I love swans

Swans Switzerland You can find swans in all lakes of Switzerland. They are territorial, hungry and always in love. I identify with them a 100%.

5. The Sound of Music is my favourite musical: The Tour continues…

gazebo, The Sound Of Music

Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg
Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

The famous ‘I am Sixteen, going on Seventeengazebo was made just for the movie and the scene was shot in Hollywood. It was later presented to the city of Salzburg and is now kept in the gardens of the Hellbrunn Palace which is a very fun visit on its own merit.

Mirabell gardens, Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens as part of the Schloss (Palace) Mirabell, in the city of Salzburg, feature in the ‘Do Re Mi‘ Song heavily. The wall of bushes you see encloses a path on which the kids and Maria have ‘a long long way to run‘.

Does the fountain look familiar in the picture below? It should. Watch the video of the song again and you’ll notice it in the last few moments of the song. In the last verse of the song the children and Maria run up and down the steps of a garden in line with the notes. Those steps lead to the Mirabell Gardens and we see the hill with the Salzburg castle towering over the city in the background. Mirabell gardens, Salzburg In the last verse of the song the children and Maria run up and down the steps of a garden in line with the notes. Those steps lead to the Mirabell Gardens and we see the hill with the Salzburg castle towering over the city in the background.

For the post on verse 1 please click here.

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  1. What a beautiful pictorial accompaniment to the verse Sam! I love Switzerland and you see swans everywhere on the lakes! We went to Salzburg nearly 3 years ago and it’s a picturesque place tourists aside. We were in Vienna last year – the cafes are wonderful we didn’t go to Sacher but quite a few others including Cafe Mozart and Monsieur Le Chic became addicted to the Melange! I’ve yet to get to the Camargue or Seville but they both look well worth visiting. Thanks for your lovely photos! 🙂

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    1. Café Mozart is very good. Did you try Café Museum? A brilliant place as well 🙂 Yes, Mr. Pink who loves only tea started drinking coffee thanks to the Mélange!
      Oh you should visit the south of France (minus the jet setting riviera towns) and south of Spain. The land, the food, the people, the vegetation – heaven! It’s the only place in Europe where I don’t miss India.
      Thank you for stopping by Rosemary and for your wonderful comment. Bests, Sam.


    1. Ohh you’ll surely enjoy Salzburg. Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie so there’s going to be an event to celebrate this in Salzburg. I think the dates are out on the Salzburg tourism website. 26th June I think? Maybe you could coordinate your visit accordingly and then make an awesome post? 😀 Thank you for your kind words!

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  2. What captivating photo ops! I do remember that song and the fountain very well, I was so mesmerized by that musical. I remember as a child I loved it so much I watched it over and over (at least 10 times). I remember thinking “I don’t want this to be the last time I see Sound of Music before I die”. Weird thoughts from a strange child :p

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    1. Hahaha… What a beautifully weird thought I would say. 🙂 I was a strange child too by the way. I had no idea what an apple strudel was. I loved it all my life because of this movie, until I finally had some. :-/


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