Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vienna in June Part 1


On the last day of school, Steve and I took off for Vienna for a quick trip.


We checked into the hotel and began exploring. Our hotel was right across from the Hofburg Complex.   
 
 
As we walked through the park I love that there is an impromptu dancing class/group in the middle of the park.   

We walked around the historic center. 
 

 

 



 
 
 

We lit a candle and said a prayer for the kids. 



 

Outside the beautiful opera house
 
 
 is a massive screen that plays the opera live.  People sit on chairs, blankets and watch the opera from outside.  Opera for the Masses- only in Vienna. 

Every time I go to Europe, I really think that I could seriously live there.


Steve and I woke up early on Sunday morning, and went to Mass at the Hofburg Chapel. 
 
 
 

We actually had great seats to see both  the altar and

 
 the Vienna Boys Choir. 



We kind of laughed to ourselves, as the boys sang.  We realized that a lot of them had just woken up, had bedhead, were yawning during the Mass and even talking.  It made you realize that boys aged 8-11 are probably the same everywhere.  Made me think of Stevie at the Sunrise Easter Service yawning during the service. 


 
 

 
We got to walk through a few rooms to get to our seats. 
 
After Mass, we raced over to the Spanish Riding School for the performance.
 
The arena was beautiful. 
 
 
 
 The Lipizzan stallions were magnificent. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We felt very accomplished that morning to see both major touristy "must do's."


We walked all over the grounds of the Hofurg Palace.  The architecture is amazing. 


We walked over to the Imperial Gardens to take a look at the Mozart statue. 



Here we are again later that day in the famous park to take our picture with Johann Strauss. 

 
Finished our day with a nice dinner.
 
Enjoyed some REAL Wiener Schnitzel.
 
 

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