DAY TRIP TO GRAZ, RECONNECTING WITH LISZT

Graz Town Square

On Monday, May 19, the rain had finally stopped after four consecutive days of wet, windy and cold weather. So Elizabeth and I decided to rent a car on a spur of the moment and drive from Vienna to Graz. She had never been to this part of Austria before (the northeast), and I thought she would enjoy being in the countryside.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.08.53 AMWe started our drive out of Vienna in fog, but the sun came out by the halfway point (see the map). The rest of the day was a glorious sunshine.

We even got to enjoy some beautiful vistas with snowcapped IMG_3100mountains  even as late as May. This snow was probably deposited during the last four days of wet weather.

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And now, here is a collection of our still shots from Graz, the beautiful capital of Steiermark (an Austrian province).

Graz Lanhaus 2 IMG_3101 Graz church    Graz Landhaus IMG_3118  IMG_3117  Graz building art  IMG_3103 IMG_3124 IMG_3112 IMG_3114 IMG_3109 IMG_3110  IMG_3111 IMG_3102 IMG_3125

 Reconnecting with Liszt (unwittingly)

On our way back from Graz, Elizabeth had asked me to get off the freeway and drive through some of the villages. I knew from the map that there was a Niedlersee (lake) nearby, and aimed in that direction. What I did not know until this morning, June 3, was that we passed by Liszt birthplace. Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.01.46 AMHe was born in Raiding, Austria, in this modest home.

After our visit to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, I discerned that the reason we were guided to undertake this trip to Austria and Spain was a re-stitching of the old Holy Roman Empire (May 17 – Vienna’s Special Geomancy: Re-Stitching Holy Roman Empire [editorial comment]).

But now, I can also see that it was to reconnect with the Liszt lifetime. Which is why Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Paganini Theme” came to me as my “birthday song of 2014.”

And now, here are some other still shots from the rest of this wonderful day trip…

Neusiedler See

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When we returned to our hotel, we only had a short time to get ready for our big night – the first ever visit to the world-famous Vienna Opera. “La Traviata” was waiting for us…

Click on AN EVENING AT VIENNA OPERA to see more...

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