Dolly Travels: Getting Ready for New Year’s Eve in Austria

Published Date Author: , January 4th, 2012

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time in Austria. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

New Year's Eve in AustriaHi, Everyone,

Yes, Frank and I arrived here in Vienna on Wednesday evening. What a beautiful city, made even more beautiful by the festive lights across the streets, the stands selling roasted chestnuts, sausages, hot punch and mulled wine. The weather is cold, but clear, so we have been able to walk around and see the sights without being miserable. We have our heavy coats, hats, gloves and scarves, so we are just fine.

After we had walked around most of the day yesterday, we went to St. Peter’s Church to hear a concert on the pipe organ there. Glorious! St. Peter’s is a relatively small church, but the acoustics in the church were fantastic, and a nice repast from the hectic, everyday life outside the church.

Last night we went out just to see the lighted streets. There are lots of tourists here, getting more crowded each day, as it gets closer to New Years. We are watching the workmen complete the stages for the different music venues thought this old city. Tomorrow, starting at noon, there will be music in 12 different squares, all within a 2-mile radius, so will be easy walking from one venue to another.

We took the tram around the Inner Ring of the city last night, also, but somehow ended up where we didn’t want to be. Today, we tried the same trip and once again, got on the wrong train. We just had to laugh, because it is supposed to be so easy to just go around the Rings, see the Opera House, the different churches, the different areas. We had done this before with no problem. We finally decided the only thing that is really easy to do here, is to get lost!

However, today we did get off the wrong tram before we went too far, and walked back a couple blocks and got on the correct tram. Then we went to Haus der Musik, a great, informative, interactive music museum. We had not been there before, but it was great fun.

Yesterday we had lunch of a sausage from one of the street stands, and dinner at a traditional restaurant. The food is so good here, it is a good thing we are doing so much walking, or we would be waddling.

I am going to try to send some pictures so you can enjoy this beautiful city with us. I am sure I will not write tomorrow, as we will be out and about all day, starting our New Years’ Eve with waltz lessons at the Rathaus (city hall) and then seeing how many of the music venues we can get to”

Happy New Year, everyone.

Or as they are saying here: Prosit Neue Jahre

One of the stages getting set up for tomorrow’s music.


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