Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Day In Vienna

The City Center of Vienna is Steeped in History.

We finally decided to take a tour on carriage driven by horses.
This was such an ideal way and everyone enjoyed it.
The rider was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.
He took us on a tour called the "Ringstrasse" which is the prominent tour of the
Viennese architecture and culture.

That's our little Deniz and he loved to sit right up front
and was fascinated by the horses.

This was our proud tour guide and those other special people in our family.
(the shortest man)

This is the city of course where we had hoped to go to the Opera House, but sometimes life's unexpected twists, like technical difficulties prevented us from attending the Opera.

But never the less, just to be in the busy city night life of Vienna and feel the hustle and bustle of culture was already enough for us. As we walked through one huge stone opening here was a university student playing "The Magic of Electric Violin." It's a collection of old love songs mixed with classics. And the sounds that echoed from this tiny walkway were amazing.

At the end of this street is the baroque church of St. Peter.
That's my husband,John and his sister, Anke



The 137 m South tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral soars above the city rooftops.

It's an amazing piece of Gothic architect.

A banner across the entrance said,
Jesus Christ Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow.


Here are the Vienna Museums.

The houses are all built one against the other,
generally about 15-20 feet wide and with perhaps 4-5 apartment levels.
But this picture here indicates the smallest apartment in Vienna.
It was about 30" wide.
If you look carefully, you can see the wall inserts.



Yes, we did sneak into the the world renown hotel, "Sacher" which was
only to be visited by Dukes and Divas and celebrities.
Yes, we pretended to be high class and no questions were asked,
till later when they found out who we really were,
we were escorted out quite quickly.

This is where some of the famous European Torte were originated.
This is the Esterhazy Torte.



This is where the Sacher Torte originated.
(We didn't even get to taste a piece in this grand hotel)

We were able to stand in the entrance of the Vienna Opera House.

It too is an amazing piece of artwork and is spread over many city blocks.
All over Vienna through the "Ringstrasse" they have located
statues of the famous musicians, Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Mozart etc.

These are the Austrian Parliament Buildings originally erected by
Emperor Franz Joseph.



These building and museums contain the art and history of Vienna.

The Parliament Building of Vienna



You are now entering into the court of theSchonbrunn Palace.
It expands over acres and acres.
Why this is of high importance to me, was that last year
I was watching a PBS Show of Andre Rieu,
who is an extra ordinary musician and conductor.
He was born in the Netherlands in 1949.
He later created the Johann Strauss Orchestra
and has been travelling worldwide over the past 20 years.
He was in Vancouver the last two years and if you like
Johann Strauss Music, then it's a must.

Anyways whats so important about this?
It just felt so nostalgic to walk on these grounds where
Europe's finest musicians have performed world wide.

These are the massive gardens built in the
back of the palace for Queen Sissi who was very hard to please.


It's right here by these steps, that he had his stage and orchestra set up.
On TV, the participants were all
wearing evening gowns and waltzing up and down the aisles.

It did not have quite the same effect at GM Place (hockey arena)
But wow, I couldn't imagine a better place than to hear the classics.

There's so much more, but one day is not enough.
One day is only a teaser.
This is a place that will draw me back again and again.

7 comments:

  1. Such a magnificent city. So steeped in history and beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Does anyone out there know why those red boxes keep showing up.
    I'm unable to delete the.
    But I've had this occur before.
    Any thoughts in blogger land?

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  3. Vienna is so beautiful, Marg! I love taking horse drawn carriage rides --it's so romantic and you really get a chance to see everyhting.
    I loved that you snuck into the Sacher Hotel! :-)

    I wish I knew why you are getting the red X's. Are they photos that are not posting? Could it be that they are files that are too large or not the type accepted by blogspot? I think there is a "help" section on blogspot in the "dashboard" section you see when you first sign on -- it has lists of FAQ and you might find an answer there. Good luck!

    Pat

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  4. A beautiful, romantic place to visit. I have been in Austria once...and too briefly to see anything memorable. It looks like you saw amazing things...with or without permission! (I can't imagine why they suspected you were not royalty.) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Wow! What a memorable trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. AnonymousJune 26, 2008

    Love seeing these wonderful pictures of Vienna. I lived there for eleven years (behind the Glorietta), and they bring back such wonderful memories of the sights and tastes (especially the tortes and desserts). How lucky you were to have that vacation in Europe.

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  7. Thank you so much for reviving some wonderful memories of my visits to Austria with the Anglo-Austrian Society when I was a teen. Those trips made a great impression on me, introduced me to a different culture and heritage, to my love for travel travel, and to broadening my horizons. It's such a scenic country and Vienna is a beautiful city.

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