A recap of Vienna, the city of music:
First of all, I want to show you some pictures of the locals. (Uncle Bob, this is for you.)
The main streets of Vienna were a lot like a circus. There was always something going on. Below are some (rather interesting) street musicians.
The square group (playing Chinese music):
The triangle group (playing "Non piu andrai" from The Marriage of Figaro with a Spanish flair):
Here's a video of the triangle group:
And, last but not least, the creepy street musician:
Now, onto the sights. My favorites had to be the Stephansdom (the huge cathedral where Mozart was married), the Vienna State Opera House, and the Hofburg Palace.
First, the Stephansdom. Here's a taste:
You can see all my pictures of the Stephansdom here.
The Vienna State Opera House was interesting because on the outside it was bigger than I expected but on the inside it was smaller than I thought it would be. It only sits about 2000 (the Met sits 4000). It seemed small to me because I'm used to the Met. I'm spoiled, what can I say?
You can see all the pictures of the Vienna State here.
And the Hofburg Palace. This place was crazy. It was beyond huge and it was covered in marble. Floors, walls, ceilings -- all marble. It blew my mind.
Inside the Palace, there were three museums. We went to the musical instrument collection, the arms and armor collection, and the ancient Roman ruins collection. Here are some of the highlights:
See all the Hofburg Palace pictures here.
And of course, as always, you can see all the pictures here. For just Vienna, you can start here.
Now, a special section: FOR THE MUSIC GEEKS.
There were many *squee!!* moments during my trip to Vienna. Here are some of the highlights. :)
1. On the streets of Vienna, I started to notice these stars on the ground. I looked and behold - each one was dedicated to a different composer or important music person! You can see them all here.
2. It's Mozart Land II. Here's another beautiful statue of him and more paraphernalia.
The BEST part of it was standing in his apartment at 5 Domgasse. I stood in the rooms he lived in and stood at his windows and saw the things he saw (the street outside his study window was preserved!). I had goosebumps standing there knowing that he and his family had romped around in that living room, that Haydn and Leopold Mozart had stayed in that guest room, and that Mozart had sat in his study composing The Marriage of Figaro, my favorite opera of all time. They didn't kill the apartment by adding modern things to it like they did to the other two Mozart houses (in Salzburg) and the bare shell of the house made it all the more exciting. There was so much room for imagination and speculation. There are no words to describe my feelings.
3. This piano was given to the Schumanns as a wedding present by the maker. The Schumanns used it until Robert's death at which time Clara gave it to their good friend Johannes Brahms. Brahms used the piano until his death and he always treasured it as a precious gift. I TOUCHED that piano! How cool to think that less than 200 years ago, it was used by three great composers. How absolutely fantastic.
What else is there to say? The place was bursting with music and I loved it to death. I want to go back.