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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...

p1130360-w250-h250.jpgCafe Restaurant Diglas, Wolzell 10

After  morning dance lessons we lunched at the nearby Cafe Restaurant Diglas. I was intrigued by the chandelier which had a variety of coffee cups attached. Very unusual and clever.

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A popular choice of our group was their fixed price menu which consisted of a choice...

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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p1130266-w250-h250.jpg  Gustl-Bauer Wirtshaus,  Am Hof Drahtgasse 2

p1130267-w250-h250.jpgAfter classes at the Tanzschule, four of us took a walk  to find a nearby place for lunch. We found a table at the Gustl-Bauer Wirsthaus. In my quest to understand the many terms used here for restaurant, I found that Wirsthaus like Wirstschaft means inn.

Anyway I was interested to see that they offered gravlax - home made pickled salmon served...

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...

p1130255-w250-h250.jpgPlachutta Hietzing, Auhof Str. 1

p1130247-w250-h250.jpgAxel and Sandra, our Viennese host dance teachers for the Waltz Week in Vienna group, arranged for a group dinner at one of the Plachutta restaurants.  Plachutta Hietzing, near the Schonbrun Palace, was the original Plachutta restaurant in Vienna. The Plachutta restaurants are synonymous with boiled beef and this was my first opportunity to try boiled beef or Tafelspitz....

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...

p1130483-w220-h220.jpgSinohouse Restaurant, Himmelpfortgasse 27

p1130481-w220-h220.jpgBefore seeing Der Besuch der Alten Damen at the Ronacher Theatre a block away, we had supper at Sino house. The service was excellent and I thought the food was great.

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