Viennese coffee house culture is world famous. As they say, people pay for the coffee, but it’s the friendship and conversations that are consumed. I hunt for Café Landtmann. It’s the one that Freud frequented. It still stands on a corner near the University.
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Tonight I go to my first concert. I've planned for two more in smaller churches - Trumpet and Organ Duo and Mozart and Beethoven String Quartets. Also if I can get a ticket, I want to go to a Strauss and Mozart extravaganza at the Palace.
|Outside of St. Stephen's Cathedral|
I take time for a tour of the Parliament building. The style is Grecian with some Roman influence. Athena stands tall in front. I’m told that in a multi-religious country, it’s important not to publicly promote one faith over another. So you do not see Christian or Islamic or Jewish symbols here.
|Front Of The Parliament|
|Interesting Details On Many Buildings|
|Inside the Parliament|
|Summer Palace of the Hapsburg Dynasty|
|Summer Palace Gardens|
|Warm Enough For A Beautiful Water Fountain|
|One Of Many Stalls At The Christmas Market|
|Giant Tree In Front Of Vienna's City Hall|
|Comfortable seating makes this museum even better|
|Central Dome With Staircase On Either Side|
|I'm Introduced to Pieter Bruegel Work|
|St. Ruprecht Skirche (Church)|
|A Tent Is No Home|
The Christmas Eve service is a long one. Starting with Genesis, a lot of sacred history is recounted. Of course I understand nothing directly, but I try to feel the spirit of this place. It's a good one.
|I'm Introduced To An Older Menber|
They take my picture. I'm very happy. I'm thinking that because of the name of this place, I'm getting a bit smarter or maybe just more of a Smart Axx. (Chuckle)