Day 7-Sep 29-Thurs-Vienna, Austria
After breakfast onboard the ship, we were taken by bus from the ship to the old center of Vienna which is encircled by the Ringstrasse (parkway). When Emperor Franz Joseph (1857) determined that the fortification walls were no longer needed, he had them demolished and replaced them with an elegant boulevard that encircled Old Town Vienna.
Once there, we walked with a guide who told us about the history and architecture. Vienna, the seventh largest city in the EU with 1.8 million people and one of the largest German speaking cities that is not located in Germany. It is “The City of Music”, home to Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt and Brahms among many. It’s most famous food is Wiener Schnitzel – a veal cutlet or pork pounded flat, coated in flour, egg, breadcrumbs, and then fried in butter. Also known for its Viennese Coffee-expresso infused with whipped cream and served in a normal sized cup.
Another interesting story: Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, was the oldest son of Maria Terese of the Habsburg family who had 16 children and ruled over the Austrian Empire. He married Cici. She was beautiful like Romi Schneider, unhappy like Princess Diana, rode horse like Don Giovanni, and assassinated like JFK, but with a knife).
Here are some photos to show some of what we saw.
Norm took a picture of this whimsical character and I googled the phrase to see that I might learn.
We returned to River Adagio ship for our lunch. The soups a delicious cream of cauliflower (Karfiolcremesuppe), weinerschnitzer, German potato salad, and a variety of vegetables for a salad. Our guide explained that wein means wine and is pronounced vine. Wien means Vienna and is pronounced veen.
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