Sunday we took a small tour to see the Vienna Boys Choir during mass at the Imperial Chapel.
After breakfast on Monday, Gisela and Wolfie left for home. Later that day, we four carried on to Hungary. Before leaving in Vienna we saw the Roman Chapel in the underground next to St. Stephen’s Platz and then the house where Mozart lived when he wrote ‘Figaro.’
We went to the Ungaria (New York Café) for dinner. They presented huge menus, which we studied for quite awhile, but as we began to order, it became clear that they didn’t have most of the dishes available. After getting about three “that’s not available today’s”, we asked what was available. “Goulash.!” Well, OK, so we all had Hungarian Goulash, which was fine. This is a Communist Country, after all, and they don’t have all the pleasures in life that we do in the West. While we ate there was music and dancing.
From there we hiked over to Pest—more ambiance—and saw the wonderful Concerthaus.
We continued this walk the following morning, visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral, The Inna City Parish Church, where Lizst used to play the organ, The Konzert Hall, the 12th century crown, orb and other accoutrements in the Fine Arts Museum.
Dinner was at the Karpathia restaurant; I had pork with paprika and cream. Paprika is BIG here!
Back to Wien on the Orient Express train, which traversed pretty, flat agricultural land. On arriving at 1:30, we picked up our car again, and called Prague for hotel reservations. Unfortunately they were hard to find. So we decided to go back to the Wachau.
After breakfast we drove on to the Salzkammergut to stay at Hallstett. At first it was beautiful sunshine, but eventually it clouded over. We’ve had some rainy weather on this trip, but all this Green must be watered! Hallstett is the oldest settlement in Austria, going back to 2500 BCE. We visited the church and graveyard. Like many places in Europe their custom is to dig up the graves after ten years, label the skull and put them with the bones in the charnel house next to the church.
The last day of our trip we drove a long ways back to Wurzburg. My dinner at the Burgherspital was ox with horse radish sauce—um, good! Later we finished off with cheesecake and coffee at a konditori. In the morning we drove back to Frankfurt and caught our plane home, where we are now! A quick but delightful trip!