The Lederhosen Bring Back Memories

Just recently I was doing some research on costumes and I saw a picture of a man wearing Lederhosen. This triggered fond memories of my childhood.   Three, in fact.  The first one is that of my grandmother and  her favorite childhood story. She had this illustrated book titled "Heidi", a novel written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri about a young orphan girl left in the care of her grandfather. My Lola Rizing loved this book and told it to me over and over again. When I learned how to read, I memorized this story by heart and even today, I still feel so close to Heidi, Peter, Clara, and of course, Grandfather.  One of my most fervent childhood wish was to live in a loft near the Alps, and I also badgered my grand-aunt who was a dressmaker, to make me a garment just like Heidi's which I later learned was called a dirndl. I will always remember Grandfather and Peter wearing breeches, which I now know as Lederhosen.  

The other memory is a feel-good movie. There was scene in that movie where the governess, ex-nun Maria had turned the discarded house curtains into clothes for the children because she thought they needed more color in their life.  It was hilarious! I'm sure most of us have heard if not seen this Academy Award movie. Yes, it is The Sound of Music, filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria and in Bavaria in Southern Germany.  I loved the authentic costumes, the music, and the romance.  Listening to the movie's songs still brings a smile to my face and I even taught my kids the Do-Re-Mi.

The one last memory that comes to my mind is the Princess Sissi (Elizabeth of Bavaria) movies starring Romy Schneider.  It is in these movies that I saw the beauty of Austria.

Switzerland is in my bucket list of countries to visit simply because I want to see where Heidi lived and perhaps finally get to sleep in a loft overlooking the Alps.  Austria however with its rich history, heritage, culture and arts is the place where my dreams continue to go. This is the place of beautiful castles and cathedrals, of the Vienna Boys Choir, The Spanish Riding School - home of the famous white Lipizzaners and of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

I continue to dream and when my dreams of Austria come true...they then become fond memories too.




source of photos: wikipedia and imdb

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Lederhosen 4 U, however, all the points and views are my own.



Comments

  1. Too bad I never watched Sound of Music although I love music that much :p

    Me too, I wanna go to the Swiss countryside if ever I have a chance :p

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  2. Switzerland and Austria are both on my bucket list. Switzerland having its Alps and Austria being one of the better places in the world.

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  3. I've seen The Sound of Music adozen times. I remember my school bag ako na may imprint ng SOM. LOL you have a nice choice for a country to visit, Ako rin I love to go there and also Belgium.

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  4. Nakakaiyak yang Heidi na yan yung anime version.

    Maganda rin yang Sound of Music napanuod ko nung High School na ako. haha

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  5. I like that movie, the sound of music, it really brings back memories... :D

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  6. One of those feel good family themed movies - a classic... and Swiss Alps, well Europe definitely in most Filipinos travel wish list... count me in... Hoping next year I get a chance to travel to Europe!

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  7. The hills are alive to the Sound of Music :) Austria is such a nice place to visit. Hopefully our dreams to visit Austria will come true!

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  8. I've this movie a hundred times and this movie makes me wanna travel in Austria. Hope this wish will come true =)

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  9. haven't seen sound of music but its a good and classical one. And oh, Austria is one of my list of places to visit as well. I hope soon.

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  10. The Hill are alive with the lyrics of your pen. With piece like these written for a thousand years - I just change the lines thank you for this one.

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  11. "Let's start at the very beginning!!!" Awwww nostalgia!

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  12. I love Heidi and the Sound Of Music. This post brings back good old memories from my childhood.

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  13. Ah, the movie The Sound of Music always bring back good childhood memories. I loved watching that movie again and again. I loved watching Heidi cartoons, too, back when I was young.

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  14. I love watching the sound of music when I was a kid. when I saw it back now, it is a little bit sugar and spice to me. hehehe this sure was a classic hit.

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  15. I'm a big fan of the Sound of Music! I always play the cassette tape whenever I'm in my aunt's house (when we still lived there) while playing or doing my schoolwork, if not playing Macarena :)) They said that's what they use as my lullaby when I was a baby ♥

    I didn't get to watch the musical though :3

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  16. prompted me to look for the meaning of: Lederhosen. :)

    I'm so reminded of one of my favorite classics: The Sound of Music.. :)

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  17. The Sound of Music..I want to see this classic film again and again with my mother :)

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  18. I recall watching the Sound of Music (Anime Version) and it really brings back the good old days. ^_^

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