107 Photos - Jun 3, 2011
Photo: Vienna: Our hotel was a few blocks from Franz von Assisi Kirche.  River cruise boats dock here on the main channel of the Danube.Photo: Our first day we visited Johann Strauss' apartment, now a museumPhoto: On display were his organ, piano and violin.Photo: Two unlikely strippers near our hotelPhoto: Hill-ga, not Hell-ga, our guide in ViennaPhoto: Hunderwasse Village, a collection of very organic building incorporating a lot of trees and plants.Photo: Another view of HunderwassePhoto: The "simple" church built by the Esterhazys to show their humility.Photo: We had lunch in this lovely covered courtyard of the Cafe Central.Photo: Just one of many over-the-top statues.Photo: St. Stephens Cathedral was undergoing renovation with graphics hiding the scaffoldingPhoto: The Holocaust monumentPhoto: The famous statute of Mozart.Photo: DetailsPhoto: More details.Photo: Julia and another flutist played duets for us, spanning Renaissance through Baroque to Classical.Photo: Photo: The church where Haydn played in Eisenstadt.Photo: Haydn played this organ.Photo: The Esterhazy palace in Eisenstadt.Photo: Mozart Theater in Esterhazy Palace.Photo: Central Cemetery is the final resting place on many great composers.Photo: Wayne places a rose at the grave of the scientist Ludwig Boltzmann.Photo: Schoenburg's monument.Photo: Backstage at the Vienna State OperaPhoto: Entering the OperaPhoto: Look up!Photo: Walter Auer, flutist with the Vienna Philharmonic, performed and us and talked about orchestra life.Photo: Free afternoon and an Indian lunch with Fern and Wayne.Photo: Konditereis keep us nourished between meals.Photo: I never realized these two knew each other.Photo: The Succession Building houses a major Art Nouveau exhibit we did not get to visit.Photo: Jane and DickPhoto: Woody and NonaPhoto: PatPhoto: Salzburg is located on the banks of the Salzach river.Photo: Mozart's birthplace.Photo: Colette and BarbaraPhoto: Salzburg Fortress.Photo: SalzburgPhoto: This fellow was working as a carriage driver, but many Germans dress in traditional styles.Photo: Lunch in Munich.Photo: Photo: The Rathaus at Marianplatz.Photo: The tower containing the glockenspiel clock, which strikes twice a day at noon and five.Photo: I don't remember which church.Photo: I told you.  We even saw the Alpine jacket worn to concerts as an alternative to the sports coat.Photo: StevePhoto: The Munich Philharmonic setting up for the Mahler concert we attended.  Christian Thielemann conducted.  He has rock star status in Germany.  European audiences are younger than here - a good sign.Photo: The Cuvillies Theater (opera house) in the Residenz, home of the rulers of Bavaria for over 700 years..Photo: A theater/dance hall in the Residenz.Photo: A Giraffe piano.Photo: Our Munich lecturer, Martin Morgenstern, was known as Mr. Gorgeous by the ladies.Photo: He used a wonderfully interactive presentation.Photo: Free afternoon, so we went for lunch at the Chinese tower in the English Garden.Photo: with Connie and Peter.Photo: PatPhoto: Englisher Garden has an artificial river with surf-able waves at its origin.Photo: The human powered bar-cycle.Photo: Japanese tea house.Photo: European advertising is less inhibited than American and often features young ladies with come hither looks, but not always.  This poster was in the subway near our hotel.Photo: The stone bridge in Regensburg, our lunch stop on the way to Prague.Photo: Crossing the bridge.Photo: Another flutist.Photo: Some buildings incorporated parts of the old city walls.Photo: and towers.Photo: Medieval music manuscript.Photo: A Jewish memorial in Regensburg.Photo: Our lecturer in Prague.Photo: This stairway in the Prague Music History Museum reminded us of an M C Escher print.Photo: A piano made to play quarter tones.Photo: It needed two harps to accommodate all the strings.Photo: Another Giraffe piano.Photo: Flutes.Photo: Beautiful doorways were everywhere.Photo: The John Lennon wall in Prague.Photo: Photo: Almost every day in Prague we drove past the "Dancing House", the Nationale-Nederlanden building. It was designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.Photo: Tour coordinator Shearer looks back for us stragglers.Photo: Beer (Pivo) came in two strengths.  Kava is like champagne.  Vino is vino.Photo: I did not have time to look up any knife grinders, but this restaurant had three nice antique wheels on display.Photo: Gothic Tyn church in Old Town Square with its Disney-esque towers..Photo: This astronomical clock tracked moon phase and lunar months.Photo: Old Town Square.Photo: Photo: Dvorak museum.  Dvorak had nothing to do with this building, but the city owns it and leases it to the museum.Photo: Dvorak's piano.  Fern and Janie got to play it.Photo: Vladka, our guide in Prague.Photo: Old Town Square from our lunch restaurant .Photo: St Nichols Church.Photo: Pat with the Commendatore statue from Don Giovanni.Photo: Estates Theater, I think.Photo: Fern and Pat found a vegetarian restaurant in Prague.Photo: Prague Opera house.  We saw Janacek's Jenufa.Photo: Great seats in the second balcony, just above the Emperor's box.Photo: One room of the Strahov monastery library near Prague Castle.Photo: Lucie Tarabova played flute for us at the monastery.  Guitarist out of sight behind her.Photo: The "envelope" building.Photo: Detail.Photo: Entrance to Prague Castle.Photo: Changing the guard.Photo: Our last concert, an organ recital in St Nicholas Church.Photo: This small organ near the altar is probably used to accompany singing.Photo: Farewell to Prague dinner.Photo: Shearer, our overall coordinator and Vladka, our Prague guide.Photo: Irmgard, our Vienna and Munich coordinator.Photo: Adrienne and Fred Straus.  This was their 28th Road Scholar tour.