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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Appreciating Music in Vienna

During one evening in Vienna, we went for a concert featuring the waltz music by Johann Strauss. The concert hall is inside a stand-alone building in the heart of the city.

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The concert hall is not very big, but big enough for a medium-scale chamber music. Beautiful chandeliers adorn the ceiling of the hall.

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When the concert was about to start, we took our seats which were at the last few rows. When everybody had settled down, the first tuned took its note.

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The performance was a mixture of waltz music and excerpts from operas as well as ballroom dancing. It was an enjoyable evening at the city which was once the cradle of music.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Dining in the Rathaus

The Town Hall (Rathaus) in Vienna is a government building housing the office of the mayor and also the city council. The construction work started in 1872 and the building was completed eleven years later.

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The long corridor in front of the Town Hall building is a meeting point and resting place of the locals.

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At the basement is a historic restaurant operating since 1899, called the Wiener Rathauskeller. The restaurant is beautifully adorned with chandeliers and vaulted ceiling.

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We had our dinner there during our first night in Vienna and the soup served was with pan-fried egg strips.

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The main course was carved fried chicken served with parsley potatoes. The chicken cutlet was very crispy on the outside and moist inside.

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To cap it off, a dessert with vanilla ice-cream and mixed berries was served. The little sourness of the berries went well with the sweet ice-cream.

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