Dolly Travels: Spending New Year’s Eve in Vienna

Published Date Author: , January 6th, 2012

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

New Year's Eve in ViennaWow! How can it be January 3 already? Time always flies when we are on vacation. Now, tomorrow morning, we fly home. That will be another 33 hour day. Hopefully, we will be able to nap on the plane home.

New Years’ Eve here was such a blast. Fortunately, the weather continued to be clear, although cold. Frank and I went over to the Rathaus (City Hall) at 2:00 p.m. That was the beginning of the festivities.

The food and drink stands we’re open, a DJ was playing music for dancing, the souvenir stands were doing a brisk business selling Good Luck pigs…I don’t know why, but pigs are the symbol of good luck for the next year…we saw marzipan pigs, ceramic pigs, plush pigs,
Pig hats…(Frank wanted one, but fortunately, he changed his mind before he bought one.)

We made a short tour past several of the music venues, before heading home. The Youth Olympic Team did a torch parade through Vienna, and then spent most of the next 12 hours at a venue near us.

Back at our hotel, we took a short rest, then went out again about 8:00 p.m. The Rock music venue near us was already drawing a huge crowd with a lively rock group from Russia. On we went to Graben, and another DJ venue playing US Oldies…people were dancing in the square at that place.

We stopped and got a bratwurst and a beer, then we walked and walked, taking in a couple more venues. The crowds were getting thicker, as we got to St. Stephansplatz , where the music was classical, plus a Tyrolean band, some singers doing show tunes.

Finally, at midnight, all the music stopped briefly, then through the loudspeakers at every venue, came the strains of “Blue Danube” waltz, continuously for 15 minutes. So we did get to waltz in the New Year in style, down coats and all.

Sunday morning we went to Mass at the Hofburg Palace Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir sang part of the Handel mass. Very nice. It had started to rain by the time the Mass was over, so we went to Starbucks for a cappuccino, to warm ourselves.

It was too rainy to do much that day, so we just relaxed then went out to dinner around 7:00. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Beisl, a traditional Viennese restaurant, where people share tables. We love it, as we get to meet other people who are tourists, also, although the ones we met were from Germany and France. They were very friendly, and of course, they all spoke English. Nice for us, but a bit embarrassing, also, as neither one of us can get very far in the German language.

Last night we finally figured out the tram system. It had changed since we were here last, and Frank was determined to get it right. On the tram we met a group of young people from Padua, Italy, so we did have a great conversation. And we were able to steer them correctly on the tram, now that Frank was an expert.

Today was bright and clear. We again walked through parts of the Old City, went to the art museum, had a nice lunch, then walked some more. Now we have to think about our last dinner here in Vienna, and pack for home.

I hope you have enjoyed my sharing Vienna with you. Please let me know, through comments on the blog page. I like to know how the blog is doing, whether the posts are interesting or boring. I will appreciate hearing from you.

Until I see you again, Prosit Neue Jahre!


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