Waltz Time

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My first association to Vienna is the Viennese Waltz held on the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Hofburg( Imperial Palace). There is always something to see in Vienna, depending on a reason of your visit. My first travel to Vienna was in December, when the city was nicely decorated for Advent.  My hotel was not so far away from the city center, across the Danube channel and I was already in the Ring zone. And here was the heart of  the capital of Austria: the St.Stephen's cathedral, the Graben street, Hofburg, the Opera House, museums and monuments. In the middle of Graben stands a Baroque memorial - a plague column erected after the Great Plague epidemic in the 17th century.

The history of Vienna goes back to time of Celts who named it Vindobona. Romans created a military camp and the part of ruins can be seen at the Michaeler Square.  There you can visit also the Spanish Riding School, the truly symbol of the ex-Empire.  The performance is taken in the Baroque riding hall from 1729 with riders in the historic uniforms. Then I came to see the Gustav Klimt gallery exhibition with his the most famous painting "The Kiss" in  the Belvedere Palace( Baroque). In 2012 Vienna celebrated 150 anniversary of the Klimt's birth.

In a classic cafes you can have a cup of the Viennese Coffee, a strong black coffee served in a glass topped with whipped cream. Along with coffee, the waiter serves an obligatory glass of cold tap water. Coffee was unknown to Viennese untill the Turkish retreat after the second failed conquest of Vienna. They left their extra supplies behind, including a large number of sacks of coffee. The Viennese had no idea what to make of the mysterious contents of the sacks. One Viennese captain claimed that the coffee beans were camel-feed and decided to dump the sacks into the Danube. The spy Kolschitzky requested the sacks of coffee, with which he was very familiar, as payment for his successful espionage services during the siege. He started to serve small cups of Turkish Coffee to the Viennese. In Vienna 4. there was the Cafe Zwirina with the Kolschitzky monument at the corner of the Kolschitzkygasse and Favoritenstrasse.

EmEm says:
@Paulovic- Always :)
Posted on: Nov 23, 2016
Paulovic says:
Romantic, right?
Posted on: Nov 23, 2016
EmEm says:
Thank you, Armand! :)
Posted on: Jun 21, 2016
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