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Vienna - The Pleasure is in the Details

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Thirty percent of Vienna’s magnificent buildings were damaged or destroyed by American bombing towards the end of WWII but you would never know that by touring the city today. Grand edifices abound in all the great European cities and there is little overall difference between the architectural styles depending on the era of construction. European architects have emulated one another for centuries while leaning heavily on ancient Greco-Roman designs. An example is the Austrian Parliament building in Vienna with its façade copied from the Acropolis in Athens…
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However, it is the detail that singles out the city as being distinctly Viennese like this little ornamented banister on the Parliament’s steps…
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Or the carved pillars that decorate the front of Vienna’s iconic delicatessen, Julius Meinl
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But it’s not just the architectural features that tell us where we are. There are the numerous trams that circulate through the largely pedestrianised streets and the fleets of horse drawn carriages waiting patiently outside the cathedral for mass to finish on Sunday morning...
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...there are the whimsical pedestrian lights reminding us that love is around…
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…and there are battalions of ticket touts masquerading as great composers and musicians as they compete to put bums in the seats of Vienna’s numerous concert halls…
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Perhaps the most iconic highlights are the famous Viennese coffee houses where you can sometimes watch the pâtissiers at work….
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…where you can buy a chocolate cake in a box (at a price)…
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…and where you can dine in a restaurant which has changed little in three hundred years.

But all good things must come to an end . We must either leave or loosen our belts. Auf Wiedersehen Vienna – majestic; cultured and a delight to the eye and the palette - we are off to Rome.

Posted by Hawkson 01:03 Archived in Austria

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We don't have any fancy old buildings on Gabriola but last night we had a great party in the Netloft to send Sheila off to Ottawa. It was so good to see how our community got together to get her elected from young to old and we always know how to have a good potluck.

by Jean McLaren

I hope you had a chance to attend one of the concerts. Vienna is synonymous with Mozart and great music in my mind(the pastries aside).

by R and B

Ahhh, you have managed to make me homesick, yes to Demel and Sacher ( you know they have a very fast, sophisticated delivery system, two day delivery to my door...)
Thanks for these images
G

by gottfried

Beautiful design and the sense of culture going back hundreds of years. The cake in the box though - what would it taste like I wonder.

by The Vickerage

Any lemon confections in Vienna. I wonder if G was hinting. Looks like a gorgeous city. Lucky you.

by Sue Fitzwilson

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