The Great Gatsby is almost here!

The Great Gatsby West Egg Mansion

As  a confirmed Gatsby lover, I can hardly wait until the new movie comes out next week. My daughter and I are such fans of The Great Gatsby that I bought her a Department 56 lighted house. “Somehow” I still have that house…

Baz Luhrman’s new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby probably won’t be perfectly aligned to the book, but I’m pretty sure it will be an amazing take on what is considered to be one of best English language novels of the 20th Century.

I encourage you to read this wonderful post by the Head Butler, which includes an interview that sheds light on Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and their relationships with friends who became characters in Fitzgerald’s stories. Sometimes they weren’t particularly flattering, as we see in The Great Gatsby.

Where will you be on Friday, May 10? I’ll be at Randhurst sitting in a comfy rocking chair enjoying The Great Gatsby!



Our World Tuesday: Salzburg’s Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Travel plus movies. Fun and funner.

As soon as we planned our trip to Austria, I knew I wanted to take the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg. Yes, I was the subject of ridicule among my friends, and Music Man barely tolerated the idea. But how could I go to Austria without seeing where Julie Andrews made cinematic history?

Today’s photo tour takes us to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens where some of the Do Re Mi sequences were filmed.

Remember these steps? I was there, too.

Remember when the children run around the garden and mimic the attitudes of the dwarves? You can do that too!

The Dwarf Garden has a bunch of interesting creatures made of white marble and they date back to the time of Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach in the early 1700s. I think I took photos of every darn dwarf — I knew I would use them someday and here we are.

We also went to Schloss Hellbrunn where the gazebo in which Liesl and Rolf sing “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” has been moved to protect it from trespassers. The interior shots were actually done on a set in Hollywood, but you can get your picture taken from the outside, as I did on a rainy day.

I enjoy seeing the movie locations when I am touring; it makes the fake world of movies seem a little bit more real. If you’re going to Salzburg, don’t let anyone talk you out of the Sound of Music tour. You’ll love it!

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