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

Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
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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 Nashmarkt and it was incredible. 

Kiosk after kisosk after kiosk of exotic foods, fruits, bier, wines, pastries and craft made vinegars and sauces. I was a bit overwhelmed at first. I stopped for a latte and the barista made it at the table in a tall glass. They NEVER use plastic to go style dishes or utensils. Instead you enjoy your coffee and foods while chatting or enjoying the sights then you simply leave the cup like you would in any restaurant. Even at the open market or big festivals they do this. There is very little waste here.  

I stopped at an Italian booth and ordered a bowl of pumpkin prawn soup, french bread and some Prosecco. It was so good, I just sat an people watched for over an hour. 

The kids sang a beautiful mass at St. Peter's Church this evening. I arrived a bit early and took a seat up front. WOW, they were really 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. This is the oldest jazzclub in Austria (1972). Jazzland is located in 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 lead singer. 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. 

Another great night on tour! 
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