Daily Archives: July 21, 2018

14 hours left

Saturday morning in the USA.  Today is the last day to contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser!  We are well above my goal of $500, but $1000 is in reach!  Go to my Facebook page for details and to find the DONATE button?

https://www.facebook.com/donate/151927339011011/

“For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. And my father’s final wishes for memorial contributions will continue to be honored.”

Euro18: the wanderweg

Stadtwanderweg.  Literally, ‘city walking path.’

We’d call it a walking trail, or a greenway.

Friday was the walking path day.

J.P. and Sylvie met me at 2 p.m. at the Staatsoper, and we wandered the First District of Vienna for 2.5 hours.  Along the way, as mentioned in my previous post, we saw important sites for us classical musicians.  And sometimes we just sniffed the air for the DNA of what is left of events that took place 200+ years ago.

The Festsaal at the old university.

Particularly powerful for me were the two times that J.P. called up some music on his phone:

We also walked along a few places that show up in The Third Man.

At Mahler’s grave.

Other sites:

The Jesuitenkirche:

And always Stephensdom:

From the city we went to the country, for a walk downhill through vineyards, with a long stop for dinner at a Heuriger.


On the street Friday, I was certain I was seeing one of the original von Trapp children, now aged, and still in traditional clothing:

Euro18: to the west

After a long business meeting Friday morning, and a purchase of some new shoes (to be unveiled at the right time), I joined J.P. and Sylvie for:

  • a stop at a department store, on the second floor, where J.P. assured me we were within 20 feet of where Mozart died.
  • stops at several Beethoven residences in central Vienna (he moved a lot).
  • a visit to the hall where Beethoven’s 7th Symphony first was heard.
  • gelato.
  • a glance at Schubert’s birthplace.
  • a look at the Jesuit Church (oh my!).
  • stops at several Beethoven residences in Heiligenstadt, to the west of town.
  • a trip up into the hills, and a Heurigerabend.
  • 22000+ steps.
  • a visit to Mahler’s grave.

This was a good day.

In the room where it happened: Beethoven’s 7th’s first performance.

At Mahler’s grave. J.P. turned on Spotify on his phone to play the Adagietto from Mahler 5. I barely held in the emotions. This was the perfect music to accompany the homage to Mahler.

The view to the east, of Vienna, from the hills of Heiligenstadt.