Musing with Max

Musing with Max

September 26, 2012

Vienna waltzes

Many many many years ago, I think somewhere in the early '70's, my aunt took a 3 month trip to Europe. Those were the days when you could take a leave of absence from work for no discernible reason and when you boarded a plane you could bring tremendous amounts of luggage and packages and all manner of stuff. I can't remember all the places she visited. There was Italy, France, England, Austria, and Spain; several cities in each. I do remember that her trip started in London and ended with 3 weeks in Spain, 2 of which were in Madrid where she stayed with relatives we hadn't seen for many years. When she returned the living room was full of opened suitcases and boxes of gifts that she had brought back...lots of them. I, who had always loved dolls, lucked out with at least 5 dolls from Spain as well as castanets, "peinetas", and "mantones" for my flamenco classes. However until the day she died if you asked her what place she liked most on her trip, her answer was not what one would expect as the daughter of a Spaniard. Her answer was always, Vienna.

I have not visited every city in the world, not by a long shot, but I have been to quite a few; some considered the most beautiful in the world. Hell, I practically live in New York and it ain't too shabby. But after a 2 1/2 hour train ride from Budapest and as of now I have to agree with my aunt. Vienna is the most beautiful city I have ever seen.

Horse carriages in the square by Stephansdom


the tiles of Stephansdom

more tiles

our corner

carriage through Hofburg

Reflection of Stephansdom on Haas Haus


City Hall

Demel, or what I like to call it heaven

the kitchen at Demel

Frank enjoying his free champagne at Skopik & Lohn

Holy Moly! on the Danube

only dessert left at Holy Moly!...ah poor me. more of Stephansdom.

auf Wiedersehen.


  1. I have never been there. It looks amazing.
    Love the story about your aunt!

  2. Beautiful story. Have you had flamenco lessons? I've working in the andalousian flamenco centre during years. It's a centre of documentation about this art with books, video and audio recordings.

  3. 7 months abroad. Those were the days and the dolls.

    Vienna does look magical. But not as cute as Pedro, eh?

    xo Jane

  4. Hello Amelia:
    As of course you will understand, Vienna is, as you point out, literally down the road from Budapest and so is very accessible. Indeed, we often go for exhibitions and enjoy the city hugely although we should not trade it for our own, even in all its grittiness!

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  5. Lovely Amelia, I am so glad you are having a great time. Lucky for you theres a Demel in NY too. My god I could stuff myself until I pop if I went there:)

  6. Oh wow- it looks picture book perfect, thank you for the beautiful pictures- enjoy!