V is for VIENNA- City of Dreams
With my love of history and music, how could I fail to be captivated by this city - its palaces, architecture, statues, imperial legacies and culture - not forgetting its café and delicious "Kaffee and Kuchen""?
You cannot help think that Austria may have got rid of its monarchy but its imperial past has been a great boon for today's tourism industry with frequent reminders of the long reigning Franz Josef (1830-1916), Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his beautiful but sad and estranged wife Elizabeth (Sissi).
|One of the many sights of Imperial Vienna|
|Statue of Mozart|
|One of the many costumed city guides - catching on his information?|
And the highlight of my visit - standing on the stage of the Vienna Opera House - not as a performer I hasten to add, but as part of a fascinating tour of this impressive building.