Sep 21, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
. After that we went back to the opera house to meet Claire and formulate our plan for opera tickets. We decided that plans are best made with full stomachs, so we set out in search of really big schnitzel (Erick's idea). We found the really big schnitzel at Figlmuller, where Brian had eaten when he was in Vienna eleven years ago. Bellies full, it was back to the opera. Regular tickets can sell for almost €200, or you can get rush seats for €3! The catch: they're standing room only. After we secured our tickets for Electra we made our way up and up and up to the top of the house. What we didn't know was Electra is a very dark opera with a stark set and drab costumes: not the best choice for a first opera! I think we had our fill of it after about five minutes, but we stuck it out for an hour and twenty very long minutes. Check that box of the list of things to do, and I don't think we'll be back. To treat ourselves after, we set out for gelato! Erick and I also tried a slice of sachertorte, a local chocolate torte with chocolate icing and filled with apricot jam. And that was our jam packed day 2! Tomorrow: Bratislava.
What a day! We left the airport this morning at 8:30 and just returned about 13 hours later! We had an orientation walk with our guide this morning around the Centrum area. There are some beautiful buildings here, including St. Stephens Cathedral and the Opera house. We did a tour of the opera house early this morning and learned about the cheap tickets that are available for the day's performance (more on that later). It was amazing to see the size of the backstage area. There were a lot of men working on the set for tonight's performance, as they do every day, as this opera house never puts on the same performance two nights in a row. After a quick visit to the opera museum we set out for Schonbrunn Palace, the summer palace of the Habsburg family. This palace was beautiful! We walked through the gardens, around the grounds, and did a tour through the rooms, one of which was the place of Mozart's first public performance at the age of six! It wasn't as opulent os Versailles, but it was incredible to see