Though we leave Vienna today, it feels like we've already seen so much. This morning we attended a matinee performance at the 1930s-esque Staatsoper Theatre and Opera House where a cellist and pianist played Mahler, Beethoven, and Schubert. We continued onwards to the High Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral in the middle of the old city, a church with ornate stone scrolls over the arches and numerous gargoyles peeking out from behind the spires. From the cathedral tower we could see the shining multicolored tiled roof and the rest of the old city (and the myriad churches) laid out before us. Inside the church we were greeted with the familiar smell of candle wax and incense and some of the most striking stained-glass windows I've ever seen. Onward from there to Cafe Central, home of thick hot chocolate and frequented by Trotsky and Freud back in the day. Tonight we continue on to the night train - my first ever - and Venice tomorrow morning!
A side note - I am very very sorry if my constant posts on my travels are boring you, but I use this blog as a way to remember what has been happening to me on this whirlwind of three weeks with Alexandra before real life begins. Thank you so much for your infinite patience, blog readers!