From one of the countries that I have wanted to see most of all in the world, Austria, Reino sent me this beautiful postcard of their capital, Vienna. With the allure of that old-world sophistication and a dedication to keep that charming culture alive, this city is definitely a must-see for all those interested in the arts and those who just like being pretentious as well. I have little appreciation for art, so I guess I fall into the latter category. The area in which Vienna is situated has been inhabited continuously for over 2500 years, starting with the Celts. Vindobona was the name that the Romans gave the city when they fortified it during 15 BC in order to guard the empire against Germanic tribes. Whether you call it Wien, like the German-speaking world does, Vienna, like the whole world does, Wene, like we do, or any of those funky names that Slavic people have for it; one thing is for certain, this city with many names in many tongues brings to mind, thoughts of great cultural achievement through the ages. Reino says that Vienna is one place in the world that everybody should experience. He goes on to say that maybe someday we will experience it together. I can picture it already: Us being all pretentious. Rowing down the Danube, wearing penguin suits. Him with a monacle, me with a toupé. Singing Blue Danube in our opera voices; him in baritone and me, of course in my silkiest soprano. Definitely maybe, Reino, definitely maybe!
Karin from Bad Kreuznach, Germany sent me this postcard of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. With a wonderland of stunning gardens, Schönbrunn Palace has been one of the biggest tourist attractions in Austria since the 1960’s. This palace with a staggering 1441 rooms was once the summer home of the Habsburg dynasty. On 8 October 2003, a commemorative 10 Euro silver coin was minted with the palace’s center on it. I have the postcard, now all I need is the coin! Thanks Karin!