Trip Start Sep 30, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Friday, November 19, 2010

Eliza and Berenice rose earlier than we really wanted to, as we had booked hair appointments.  We both now feel gorgeous and coiffed.  It was a very busy little salon, with most of the attention was on a high maintenance customer getting hair extensions.

We joined the boys for breakfast and were horrified to discover that our stash of stinky cheese, OJ, milk and fresh pasta that we'd stored in the share kitchen had been raided - completely.  Not happy! 

The weather is rather drizzley, so we are forced into indoor pursuits.

We headed into the cultural district to the Opera House, and booked tickets for a concert tonight.

From there we visited the Albertina Museum. which had an exhibition of an extensive collection of Michelangelo drawings and Picassos.  

Afterwards we walked to the Vienna Opera House for a tour.  The opera house opened in Mozart's time with a performance of Don Giovanni.  Damage from a fire during  WWII required extensive renovations in the 1950's, so now the building is a mix of the very ornate decorated 18th century style and the simplicity of the 1950's - lots of white walls and crystal lights.

While we were in the opera hall, the scenery was being set up for tonight's performance of Rigoletto.  A team of about 20 men were hauling a massive stage into shape.

Operas in the Opera House while we are here are booked out, except for standing room that is available 80 minutes before a performance.  

So, we did a touristy concert tonight at the ......  It was a collection of works by Viennese composers and those connected to Vienna.  Lots of Strauss family members and Mozart.  The concert included some dancers and singers and was geared to tour groups, but the standard of music was good and it was an enjoyable programme - just not very meaty!

At the end of the concert it was Baz's job to be the first to the cloak room with our tickets to collect our coats so we could leave as soon as the concert ended.  He undertook this task conscientiously and we were soon home by underground.  With night falling at 4.30pm it makes an 8.15pm concert seem quite late, and a 10pm finishing time seem very late indeed, especially after a full day.
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