PHOENIX-VIENNA (May 13-15)
It took about 30 hours of travel time from Phoenix, Arizona to get to Vienna, Austria – via Los Angeles and London. So here we are… in the “Music Capital of the World.” It was probably our longest day. It started in Phoenix on May 13 and finished in Vienna after midnight on May 15.
Our trip included an 11-hour non-stop flight from LA to London, a quick shower at the Heathrow airport for both of us, followed by an impromptu whirlwind visit to the imperial part of London (Buckingham Palace, St James Park), and a 3-hr flight to Vienna. We got to the Austrian imperial capital around 10:30 PM (May 14).
ABOARD LA-LONDON FLIGHT
These left shot was taken aboard our 11-hr flight from LA to London. It was early dawn on May 14 (UTC – London time). We were flying over the southern tip of Greenland. Elizabeth was asleep. I was obviously not. I was hoping to see the ice cliffs and gorges of Greenland at sunrise. Alas, we were on the “wrong” side of the plane for that.
OUR IMPROMPTU LONDON ADVENTURE
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Given that, would you believe me if I told you that we took a half-day tour of London, including a shower, a full English breakfast, roundtrip transportation from Heathrow airport to Central London (West End), and an evening meal before our flight to Vienna – and it costs us literally NOTHING, not a cent (!) in cash?
Well, believe it. That’s what happened on May 14. The only thing I paid for was less than 18 pounds (less than $30) for a round-trip tube (subway) fare. For both of us! And I paid for it by credit card. So we never even had to change any money into pounds. 🙂
How is that possible? It is. And I’ll share our secret with you but for the asking. So ask, if you want to know.
The weather in London was beautiful, mid 60’s (F) with mostly clear skies. It was a relief to be a nice fresh air after the 92F in LA and a long flight. And a nice transition to what we knew would await us in Vienna (rain and cold).
Of course, we had visited London together a number of times in recent years. But did you know that Elizabeth was also incarnated as both Queen Mary I and Queen Victoria? [married to me as King Phillip II of Spain (as Mary) and Prince Albert (as Victoria) respectively]. Which is why I felt as if the Queen had returned home once again. Elizabeth felt happy and relaxed, though the springtime blossoms did bring out a little hayfever in her. It abated quickly after we returned to the airport.
Overall, we spent less than two hours in Central London, but had loads of fun. The best part? None of this was planned in advance. We did everything on a spur of the moment to kill time during, what would have been a long layover at the Heathrow airport.
ARRIVAL IN VIENNA
We were welcomed to Vienna by none other than Johann Strauss, dubbed the “King of Waltz” in his prime! (see photos).
Last November, this music came to me in Arizona. Here’s a story and my first recording of “The Bat” – VIENNESE BAT LANDS IN SCOTTSDALE TO TAKE US TO TUCSON.
We were met at the airport by a limo driver. Turns out he was a Serb from Belgrade.
Another “coincidence” or a good omen? For me, it definitely felt like a welcome home sign.
MANY VIENNA LIFETIMES
I lived here for a while as Franz Liszt, shown in the (left) painting used in a Bosendorfer piano promo. Liszt is performing for the Austrian royal family. The phrase “der Klang, der berührt” translates roughly as “the sound that moves” (or touches one’s heart).
And before that, I had lived in Vienna when I was Jacques Ferdinand Deveraux, a Saint Germain’s disciple. I befriended Mozart during one of his trips in Paris and then moved to Vienna where we both explored alchemical qualities of music.
Long before that, several thousands of years ago, I also had lifetimes here in Vienna as a shaman which I shared with Johann Strauss’ soul. That’s where my affinity for his music originates, according to an ancient Egyptian spirit who ascended some 3,500 years ago.
I also lived in Vienna during WW II as a German military counter-intelligence officer Otto Armster who participated in the failed coup against Hitler in July 1944. That’s probably why both the Orson Wells film “The Third Man” and its music score from it always touched my heart.
The Third Man won the 1949 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography in 1950. In 1999, the British Film Institute selected The Third Man as the best British film of the 20th century.
With all these thoughts swirling around my head, by the time we were in bed, it was past midnight – May 15. We left Phoenix on May 13. So you can see why today was probably our longest day.
TO BE CONTINUED…