The rain and wind and frigid temperatures continued for a second day in row (May 16).  Undaunted, Elizabeth and I continued with our exploration of Austria’s former imperial capital.

Today, we took a tram (instead of walking) to the Hofburg Palace – a magnificent set of edifices and parks where the Habsburg royal family used to reside until they were deposed after World War I.

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This was our first glimpse of the imperial grounds around the palace as seen under our blue umbrella.  We last saw blue skies in London. So this umbrella would have to do as a substitute for now. 🙂

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Hofburg KaiseraptWe then took in a wonderful tour of the Kaiserapartments – the living quarters of the Habsburg imperial family. During the tour, I also had some significant spiritual/geopolitical revelations about similarities and differences between the Austrian and American empires.

I will write about it separately.  Things like that always seem to happen to me in Vienna. This place has evidently some special geomantic qualities for me.


For now, take a look at some of the opulence and splendor of the Habsburg imperial court.

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In preparation for this trip, Elizabeth and I had watched a wonderful movie series “Fall of Eagles.”  This is a 13-part British TV drama aired by the BBC in 1974. The series portrays historical events from 1848 to 1918, dealing with the ruling dynasties of Europe in Austria-Hungary,Germany and Russia; the Habsburgs, the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs respectively.IMG_1558

As we walked the halls of the Hapsburg palaces, suddenly the movie set became a live stage. You could almost FEEL the pulse of the main characters who lived here. Such as the Emperor and Empress Franz Joseph and Elisabeth.

You see the two Elizabeth’s together in the portrait (above) taken at the entrance to the Imperial Apartments.


Few culinary creations are as famous as the Viennese “Sachertorte.” The secret recipe for this sinfully rich cake is over 180 years old. Having a piece of the Sacher Torte with Viennese Melange coffee is a special treat anywhere in Vienna. But the pinnacle of pinnacles of such culinary delights is to have it at the Sacher Hotel. Which is situated right next to the Vienna Opera House.

And that’s what Elizabeth and I did after our walking tour of the Imperial Apartments.

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Another treat? Our Spirit guides made it possible for us to actually walk from the Hofburg Palace to the Sacher Hotel. The rain had stopped. Yeah! (but not for long… it resumed again after we had had our cake). 🙂

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On our way out of the Sacher Cafe, I noticed a plaque on the wall marking the place where Antonio Vivaldi had lived and died.  He is one of my favorite Baroque composers (see my version of his “La Primavera” (Spring) which I first recorded in 2012 and again in a modern version in Dec 2013 – VIVALDI GOES COUNTRY: “LA PRIMAVERA (Spring) DI LAREDO (Texas)”).

After going back for Elizabeth to do some more shopping on Kaerstnerstrasse, we spent the late afternoon and evening in a delightful dinner visit with my elder daughter’s family, playing with my three grandchildren at their home in the hills above Vienna.

And tomorrow night, Elizabeth and I and my eldest grandson (8), a budding cellist, will be attending a period costumed Mozart concert at the famous Viennese concert hall – Wiener Musikverein (see below).  We are all excited about that.

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Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards) and Truth in Media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/) ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at http://djurdjevic.wordpress.com/ and his travelogues at https://yinyangbob.wordpress.com/). Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.


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