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Day 7-Sept 29-Ach du lieber

Day 7-Sep 29-Thurs-Vienna, Austria

Norm and I were delighted to find a celebratory bottle of wine and a beautiful orchid awaiting us in our stateroom from his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marianne. Muchas gratias!

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-espresso 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.

In 1679, Vienna was struck by the Great Plague and Augustin was a ballad singer and bagpiper, who toured the city’s inns entertaining people. The Viennese loved Augustin because of his charming humour in bitter times, and they called him “Lieber Augustin” (Dear Augustin). According to legend, once when he was drunk and on his way home he fell in the gutter and went to sleep. He was mistaken for a dead man by the gravediggers patrolling the city for dead bodies. They picked him up and dumped him, along with his bagpipes which they presumed were infected, into a pit filled with bodies of plague victims outside the city walls. Next day when Augustin woke up, he was unable to get out of the deep mass grave. He was shocked and after a while he started to play his bag pipes, because he wanted to die the same way he lived. Finally people heard him and he was rescued from this dreadful place. Luckily he remained healthy despite having slept with the infected dead bodies and Augustin became a symbol of hope for Viennese people. The story, already rendered by the preacher Abraham a Sancta Clara (1644–1709), lives on in the song, which is still popular in Austria. The tune is nearly identical to that of “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”, although “Oh du lieber Augustin” is longer and more melancholy than that song.
Gothic style cathedral in contrast to the Roman Baroque style we have seen more often.
A typical narrow walkway in Old Vienna.
Norm’s dessert at lunch.. Sacher Torte.

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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