To Markt, to Kirche, to Bier, to Jazz We Go!

Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 05, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Sunday, March 3, 2013

I skipped the palace tour and slept in a bit today. Honestly, I just could not get back on the bus so soon after our long ride from Prague. 
 I set out around noon to the Streets of Vienna looking for the open market. I cut through the grounds of the Belvedere Palace. It was sunny, and many folks were out soaking up the rays. After about 40 minutes of meandering, I found The Vienna Naschmarkt and it was incredible. 
Kiosk after kiosk of incredible foods such as, cheeses, meats, breads, fruits, bier, wines, pastries and craft made vinegars and sauces. I was a bit overwhelmed at first. I stopped for some coffee, and the barista made my latte and served it at the counter tall glass mug. They NEVER use plastic to-go style dishes or utensils, even at the open markets or big festivals and events. There is very little waste here. Instead, you enjoy your coffee and delicious food while chatting or enjoying the sights then you simply leave the cup like you would in any restaurant
I stopped at an Italian booth and ordered a bowl of pumpkin prawn soup, french bread and some Prosecco. I just sat an people watched for over an hour. 
The choir sang beautifully at St. Peter's Church this evening. I arrived a bit early and took a seat up front. WOW, they were on fire tonight. I heard Calvin's voice over the others for the first time, and it almost brought me to tears. The boy can sing! I am so proud of him. He seems to be doing great with the travel and the choir and has had a smile on his face every time I have seen him. No separation anxiety for him. More so for me! 
A group of us went to an underground cellar and for a few biers, pretzels and German delicacies before setting out on foot to find the famous Jazzland. The oldest jazz club in Austria (1972), Jazzland is housed a 500-years old cellar below the ancient "Ruprechtskirche" - first mentioned in city-documents in the year 948. The band was great, and I had a nice chat with the wonderful performer, Denise, from Philadelphia. 
It was a great group to go out with, and we closed the club and finally arrived back at the hotel just before 2 am. 
Thoroughly enjoyed another great night on tour! 
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