Tales from the Crowned Jewels of Europe, Part I
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
12Trip End May 17, 2008
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A Little Girls' Dream: Vienna Boys and Horses
We hit the floor running on Sunday morning at 6:15am. We planned to stand in line for standing room only tickets to the Vienna Boys Choir church services. The service started at 9:15am and I was concerned about getting there in enough time to procure tickets but, we found a woman selling seat tickets for only 8 Euros and ended up being about an hour and a half early. She seriously up-charged the tickets but it was worth it for my parents to be able to sit down. I was thrilled to see the choir that I have heard SO much about throughout my music literature classes. After the services, I saw one the Boys walk out of the chapel.
After seeing the most famous boy choir in the world, I didn't think the day could get any better and it was only 10:45am. We casually strolled around the Hofburg Palace where the church services were held. The Spanish Riding School is also housed in the Palace and is something that my Mom has known about ever since she was a little girl. The Spanish Riding School is a riding school for Lipizzaner horses. The Hapsburg Empire had the Spanish horses imported in the 15th century and that is how the school got its name. Since the school is just a stone's throw away from the chapel, we wandered in to see if we could get tickets for the 11am performance even though most performances are sold out weeks in advance. Again, we assumed we would get standing room only tickets but, once we got to the ticket counter we discovered that there were exactly 3 tickets left in the whole theater. My Mom's eyes lit up in excitement as we bought the tickets. This was something she has dreamed about her whole life.
I went into the performance not knowing what to expect. I knew that the Lipizzaner horses were called the "dancing horses" but I didn't know much else. From start to finish I was amazed by the beauty and athletic ability of these
The Painting of Prague Castle
As my parents and I ascended the numerous steps up to the Prague Castle, we found an assortment of art galleries, crystal shops, and Christmas stores. Walks through these stores provided
Even though we found a trolley that would take us off the Castle hill in a matter of seconds, I forced my parents to climb down the same stairs that we struggled up just so I could check out my favorite art gallery again. As we passed the gallery window, I found an oil
It is the first original piece of artwork I have ever owned and I will treasure it forever. However, I am a little disappointed that this may be the beginning of a very expensive hobby of mine.
The Easter Markets
Easter markets pop up all over Europe about 3 weeks before Easter Sunday. The markets filled
Nothing really memorable happened in relation to these Easter markets but they occupied a lot of our time and provided hours of entertainment for my Mom and me and hours of my Dad shelling out cash for our every whim. Sorry Dad!
Speaking of crepes and cakes, I have failed to mention how much more I adore food these days. I was a little
My food intake during my vacation wasn't any different. I took my parents to all of my favorite restaurants in Vienna and we had breakfast at every hotel we stayed. When my parents read this, they will laugh because I haven't let the first breakfast go. This breakfast was at the Vienna Hilton and we ate there before seeing the Vienna Boys Choir. We suspiciously had to sign something but I quickly disregarded
I finished every meal that weak from Viennese goulash to Hungarian potatoes with as much enthusiasm as that first breakfast. I think my parents wonder about me sometimes.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the Tales from the Crowned Jewels of Europe!
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