Riding the Unicorn in the Mirabell Gardens – Salzburg

On a summer’s day in August back in 1967 my family spent a day or two sightseeing in Salzburg. There were 3 little girls, Heather Mary (the sensible one), Jennifer (the naughty one with ginger hair and freckles) and Jillian (the baby of the family). Here we are having fun riding the stone unicorns at the steps of the Mirabell Gardens.

Mirabell Gardens Salzburg 1967

Mirabell Gardens Salzburg 1967

We were there on one of our camping holidays having spent most of the holiday in Istria in Croatia near Rovinj, which was at that time part of Yugoslavia. We drove back via Austria to spend a couple of nights camping near Salzburg and had a look around the Hohensalzburg fortress as well as the Mirabell Gardens. As my Dad said, with three little girls it was all about ice creams and finding toilets, and I’m amazed that we even saw much of the sites.

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Roll on 40 years or more and here I am again, this time visiting with my husband and one of my three children, having a ride on the same unicorn. The scene hasn’t changed so very much has it?

And what about this famous picture postcard shot of the gardens looking through the wrought iron gates (the unicons are just inside on either side) and across the formal gardens towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress on the hill in the background. I wonder whether the gardens were laid out just so to frame that view. Yes, that’s me playing with my sister on the steps in the foreground.

Mirabell Gardens Salzburg 1967

Mirabell Gardens Salzburg 1967

If you’re a Sound of Music fan, you’ll remember Julie Andrews and her Von Trapp children running and dancing through the avenue of clipped trees straight ahead, where now there are plenty of benches to sit in the shade.

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Do you have any photos of your younger self that you managed to recreate on a later visit?

These photos are posted as part of Photo Friday hosted over at Delicious Baby – head over to see all the other great photos.

Check out this great video about Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz as well as the other videos about Holidays in Austria

For more information about Holidays in Austria visit the Austrian Tourism Website and follow them on Twitter @Austria_UK

My thanks to the Austria National Tourism Office UK for sponsoring our trip to Salzburg and Wolfgangsee




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    May 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I love that you have been able to recreate some photos from your memories. And in such amazing places! Sadly all of my childhood recreations would be sitting on top of cannons at Civil War memorials and parks. My dad and his brothers have a thing for cannons. Their dad did too so we have a few generations of kids on cannons.

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    May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love that you did this! I have recreated photos from my childhood, too. Check out one at http://www.toeuropewithkids.com/2011/02/photo-friday-antwerp-in-replicate.html on my blog.

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    May 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    What a great series of photos with great memories. Do you wonder if your kids will grow up and recreate the trips and pictures that they are experiencing now?

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    Kelly P
    May 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    This is so great! I love the ’67 shot of on the unicorn.

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    May 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    These are great shots 🙂
    My dad always says one of his biggest regrets when I was growing up is that he shot so much of our vacations on movie film or on slides, and he wonders if its worth the $$$ to get it all transferred. Consequently, I don’t have a lot of nice snaps of my trips as a kid.
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    Barbara Weibel
    May 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Love these old photos. I have similar stuff of me and my sisters at Niagara Falls and Wisconsin Dells, and I venture that both places look pretty much the same now as they did then.
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    May 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I like its very absorbing photograph

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    Bluegreen Kirk
    May 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I hope to be able to do something similar. What great contrast to be able to view the same area in different decades. Didnt look a like alot changed.
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    May 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Another adventure of you.What do you think If I said that I’m so jelous with you?Thanks for your sharing.Keep gooing.Love your photos
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    June 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Wow, Heather, that’s incredible! I’m so thrilled you have those old photos – such a great comparison. I’ll have to dig through my archives and hope I wasn’t wearing too many legwarmers and fluorescent puff things from the 80s!
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    June 5, 2011 at 10:20 am

    @ Abi I’m sure I could find a few photos with legwarmers and fuzzy perms too

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    Beautiful pictures! I was in Salzburg 20 years ago, must go again;-)

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