May 19, 2015

Salzburg, Austria. April, 1974

When I was teaching high school in Summit, NJ, I had a student, Gregg T., who was a nut about The Sound of Music. On and on and on. One day, as a visual prompt for a writing exercise, I brought in some photos I'd taken, including this one, and asked the students to come up with adjectives to describe the photo. Gregg said, "Sappy, overly sentimental" and other derogatory descriptions in that vein. And so it was with the greatest pleasure that I was able to tell him that these gardens were the setting for one of the on-location musical numbers in guess which film.

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