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p1130582-w600-h600.jpgVienna is known as the city of grand  balls, with more than 450 balls taking place annually,  providing more than 2000 hours of dancing. The Carnival season wnp_9024x-w500-h500.jpgin Vienna is filled with more than 150 large formal balls and hundreds of smaller dances that are held from before New Year till Lent. The 2013/14 ball season opened with...

strauss2-w600-h600.jpgSituated where the Vienna Ring Boulevard touches the City Park, the Kursalon Wien was built in Italian Renaissance style between 1865 and 1867 and is quite beautiful. The first concert featuring Johann Strauss compositions took place in 1868. The Kursalon has four ballrooms located on two floors and a terrace with views out over the greenery of the City Park. The Strauss, Lehar and Schubert Halls are on the first floor while the Lanner Hall,  upstairs on the second floor, is the in-house concert hall.

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p1130740-w220-h220.jpgRestaurant Koenig von Ungarn, im Mozarthaus, Schulerstrasse 10

p1130739-w220-h220_0.jpg For our last evening in Vienna we chose to have supper  just up the road from our hotel, at the Restaurant Koenig von Ungarn. It was located right near the building where Mozart  lived for three years from 1784 to 1787 during which time he wrote Le Nozze di Figaro.

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Loved the coffee. The dessert- my friends ate most of it

As I was going through my  photographs of chocolates, pastries and street food from my Vienna visit, it struck me how I am always more drawn to savory delicacies than sweet. To the bemusement of my friends and family,  I always choose charcuterie over chocolate or appetizers over dessert. Easily distracted from the task at hand, uploading photos to my posts, I wondered how contemporary knowledge about taste and taste preferences has advanced from the basic information I learned in first year physiology eons ago. We were  taught that there were four primary taste senses - sweet, sour, salt and...

p1130458-w500-h206.jpgDer Besuch der Alten Damen (The Visit of the Old Lady): Das Musical
Based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Book by Christian Struppeck
Music by Moritz Schneider and Michael Read
Lyrics by Wolfgang Hofer
Director Andreas  Gergen
Choreography by Simon Eichenberger

p1130732-w500-h206.jpgWanting to experience local theatre, I was concerned that the language barrier might be a problem but thought...

The cast onstage at Vienna Staats Opern

p1130410-w500-h206.jpgAs I studied the web-sites and brochures listing the myriad cultural events that were taking place in Vienna during the week that I would be there, I had to keep reminding myself that the reason I was going to Vienna was to join the Waltz Week in Vienna group for a week-long dance camp and to have the experience of waltzing at one of the fabulous Viennese Balls. The well-planned schedule for Waltz Week allowed for time to explore the...

p1130407-w250-h250.jpgHuth ristorante da moritz, 6 Schellinggasse

We had dinner at Huth damoritz before seeing the Wiener Staatsballet perform  Dornroschen (The Sleeping Beauty) at the Vienna Opera House. The concierge at our hotel made a reservation for a very early dinner before before the ballet which started at 7 PM.

p1130408-w250-h250.jpgHe emphasized the address, as there were a couple of different Huth restaurants on that street. When...

The Hilton Vienna- my room

My home from home for 11 nights was the Hilton Vienna at Am Stadtpark 1. I managed to find a reasonable room price through Orbitz. Overall I liked almost everything about it - location, comfort and the staff. My room  was large and very comfortable- perfect for a stay of 11 nights. The desk was spacious and there was lots of storage space.

p1130095-w500-h500.jpgHaving made the spontaneous decision to join the group for Waltz Week in Vienna, I now had to figure out the best way to travel there. I went through a number of options on the Air Canada and Aeroplan web sites hoping to use points for the air travel, checked out Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak ... and realized that in February with the risk of winter storms, I did not want to be booked on any routes that involved transfers through the North...

p1130139-w500-h500.jpgThe S'parks restaurant is the main restaurant at the Hilton Vienna for lunch and dinner and where the breakfast buffet is served.

p1130137-w200-h200.jpgWe had dinner at S’parks Restaurant twice. The first time was our first dinner in Vienna on the evening of the Johann Strauss Ball. We had an early dinner in the hotel restaurant before getting ready for the ball. I managed to resist the delicious...

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