As you know by now, Vienna is and always has been my favorite European city (see Our Longest Day: Phoenix-Vienna, May 14). This notion was put to the test today, May 15, our first full day in the former Austrian imperial capital. A cold front moved in from the northwest, bringing with it frigid temperatures (high of 52F, low in the low 40sF), rain and high winds (20+ mph).

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Undaunted, Elizabeth and I still managed to have lots of fun in this beautiful city by any weather. We started out by eating our hearts out at various bakeries, konditoreis and coffee shops. We even had Wienerschnitzels for lunch with my daughter and youngest grandchild.  The rest were at school.

And yet we almost never eat lunch. But when in Rome, oops… Vienna, then we do as the Viennese do. 🙂

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We also visited the magnificent Stephansdom – St Stephen’s IMG_1535IMG_1532Cathedral – which is in the heart of old Vienna.

And, of course, Elizabeth also checked out the shops of the fashionable Kaerstnerstrasse that runs between the Vienna Opera and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Kursalon Dinner Concert: An Evening with Mozart & Strauss

Then in the evening, we attended the Strauss and Mozart dinner concert at the Kursalon.  It was the first of three gala musical events are planning to take in in Vienna. And it was wonderful.

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That’s where we experienced another good omen. We were seated right next to a wall with Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube” score in his own handwriting.

What’s even more interesting is that I had not realized it at first.  But when I started to read the musical notes, I said to Elizabeth excitedly, “that’s the Blue Danube.” It was only then that I noticed that handwritten text and Strauss’ own signature. 🙂

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Our First Vienna Dinner Concert: An Evening with Mozart & Strauss at Kursalon, Vienna – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on May 15, 2014


Future Concerts

My elder daughter and her family moved last summer from London to Vienna. So on Sat night, Elizabeth and I will be taking my 8-yr old grandson, a budding cellist, to a Mozart period costume concert at the Wiener Musikverein. Then on Monday it will be La Traviata at the Wiener Staatsopera.

As I said,  Vienna is fun and beautiful in any season and for many a reason. Wet and windy, Vienna still shines and chimes.


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