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Vzpomínka / Reminiscence


Just a couple months ago my friend Ashley visited, and we went to Vienna.

We also saw Prague, of course, but I'm sure you've all heard enought about Prague! You might be interested to know how we got from Prague to Vienna? Why, we took the Western Express vlaček &mdash the little train! Well, we were going to "Western" Europe (haha). This train runs daily from the ticket office at the Prague exhibition grounds (Výstaviště).

In Vienna, the capital of music and culture and stuff, we wanted to be hip. So, we stood in line to get tickets to the Staatsoper.

That was the longest line I've waited in since going to Disney World as a kid, and I thought we were a bit insane; especially when we got to our standing-room spots. (The soreness of waiting in line had nothing, though, on how my back felt after standing through a three-hour opera.)

(But hey, it only cost 2 Euros each, and the production was fantastic! It was Mozart's Don Giovanni. There is an obsession with Mozart this year, particularly in Vienna. They are a tourist destination and know how to use things like this. It all reminded me a bit of a certain Mel Brooks movie: "Merchandising, merchandising, merchandising. Now, if you come over here . . . you can see some of our items . . . Mozart the Kugel-ball candy, Mozart the Caffe Latte, Mozart the Toilet Paper, and . . . my personal favorite . . . Mozart the Flame-thrower.")

The next night we went to another concert.

We got very posh seats because one of Ashley's friends works for the symphony.

These nice ducks were swimming in one of the fountains at the grounds of Schönbrunn palace.

And I loved the Victorian greenhouse (it really was green).


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