Merry Christmas to all my fellow Sepians. In Vienna every downtown street is an extravaganza of lights. Here below is my husband enjoying it all*. We were walking back to our rented apartment after hearing a Christmas concert at the Imperial Hall in Beethovenplatz.
The Vienna Royal Orchestra we heard is a drastically slimmed down version of the original. Three violins, one viola, one flautist, one clarinet, one cello, one bass and a piano. The expected Mozart and Strauss pieces were performed with humor and enthusiasm. The first violinist looked uncannily like Mr. Bean. His eyebrow antics were amusing to watch. A few duets were sung by a soprano and tenor - just to make the program extra touristy Christmasy, they threw in a little ballet. Oh well, we weren't expecting much more than we got. Only the final Silent Night, a sing-along **(insert an eye rolling "Oh No") was really gruesome. Shifting uneasily in their chairs, the Japanese, Chinese and Italians sort of groaned along producing a discordant hum which we were all glad finally ended. After that, you can't wait to get out of there and so, one guesses, it's a well thought out tactic.
The cooler weather and Austrian uber-exuberance for the season were just the diversion we were longing for. Enough however is enough and we're looking forward to getting back to our avocados and shedding the heavy outerwear.
Happy New Year!
* Blogging on the Ipad is very limiting....getting pictures inserted correctly is a struggle (for me).
**Is there a "curmudgeon" icon in the smiley face library?