Museums and Mozart

Trip Start Mar 07, 2006
Trip End Jun 30, 2006

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Hello from Vienna. This is just a quick update because I don't have a lot of time and the keyboard takes a while to type on. Having a great time exploring all of Europe's beautiful cities.

Prague's Jewish Quarter was fascinating. I went to six synagogues, most of which are now set up as museums. The most haunting was the Pinkas Synagogue, which is now a Holocaust Memorial containing thousands upon thousands of names all along the walls. Behind it is the old Jewish Cemetary, which is small and crowded and contains tombstones dating back to the thirteenth century. I visited the Old-New Synagogue, which is still in use today for services, and saw the old Town Hall and a number of other sites.

Tuesday night, we went out for dinner to a "traditional" Czech restaurant, and had lots of food and got to watch music, singing and lively dancing.

Yesterday we made our way here to Vienna. I've already been here, so I haven't spent much time revisiting all the typical landmarks or sites. Instead, I visited the Vienna Historical Museum yesterday. Last night, a few of us decided to skip the optional concert at Schonbrunn Palace and get tickets of our own to an amazing concert here in town. The 30-piece orchestra wore costumes like in Mozart's day, and there were opera singers as well. They played all the crowd-pleasers. It was great.

Today, onto Budapest. More later!
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