Sunday, May 22, 2011

On the Road: Vienna

This year's spring trip was a 15-day river cruise on the Danube and Rhine. Doug and I flew from Toronto to Paris and then on to Vienna, which we'd also visited in the fall 2008.

It's a beautiful city to explore. Our second day there began with a morning tour of St. Stephen's Cathedral, which is situated in the heart of the city and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147.

We stopped by a stable at the Spanish Riding School and luckily caught a glimpse of a few of the performing Lipizzaner Stallions; the breed dates back to the 16th Century and was saved from extinction at the end of World War II by General George Patton.

The State Hall of the Austrian National Library is one of the most beautiful historical libraries in the world; the library owns about 8 million books and objects, including terrestrial and celestial globes from five centuries.

Although we've been to Vienna before and attended a number of concerts, the music of Strauss and Mozart is always enjoyable; this performance was at the Kursalon Wien.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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