From Vienna, Austria
MAY 28, 2018
DAY 3 – BIKING ALONG THE DANUBE, STROLLING THROUGH CITY CENTER, KARL’S CHURCH CONCERT
Today was a back-to-action-day for me again. Nearly every time I have come to this beautiful city by myself in the last 22 years, I took time out to ride a bike along the banks of Donauinsel (Danube Island). The island is 21 km (13 miles) long and it is a recreational paradise for the Vienna residents and visitors alike.
And so I did it again today. Since I am now staying close to my family’s home, far away from the city center and the Danube island, I had to choose – do I drive there and then struggle to find a parking spot in a strange part of the city? Or do I use public transit?
From past experiences of driving around European cities, including Vienna, I have learned that a car is more of an expensive obstacle than help. Thanks to detailed instructions by my grandchildren as to which bus and what underground trains to take, getting to the Danube Island was relatively simple despite a greater distance from my hotel.
Luckily, the bike rental place I remember from 10 years ago, the last time I did this, was still there. And the price was also still very reasonable, only €6 per hour.
So here are now some scenes I captures during this 10-mile round trip. Highlights of the ride? Two topless sunbathers (female, of course), and a piglet and a lamb being roasted on a spit.
STROLL THROUGH CENTER OF VIENNA
After the bike ride, I took the underground train back into the city center and then strolled through the (by now fort me) familiar sights of this beautiful city.
I plan to repeat my newly acquired Vienna public transit skills when I go back into the center of Vienna tonight for a classical music concert at Karl’s Church.
KARL’S CHURCH CONCERT
This evening, I redeployed my newly acquired Vienna public transit skills and again used a bus and the U4 subway to get there and back.
The concert was good, not exceptional. The sound reverberates in a church too much to be anything close to perfection. But the musicians were good and I enjoyed their program selections – Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven.
Here are some clips I recorded.
And now, here’s also a photo album from this outing.
VIVALDI SPRING FROM FOUR SEASONS – from a concert at Karl’s church in Vienna – May 28, 2018 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic
BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY – from a concert at Karl’s church in Vienna – May 28, 2018 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic
AVE MARIA – from a concert at Karl’s church in Vienna – May 28, 2018 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic
CONCERT PHOTO ALBUM