PROLOGUE AND EPILOGUE
The idea about this entire trip was conceived last fall (2016) as a possible cruise down Europe’s longest river. When that did not pan out, Placido Domingo’s AIDA became the magnet that drew us to Vienna. Spending some quality time with my family there was an extra special bonus. And then when we sold my Rainbow Shower property in Maui, having worked like slaves for a month to make it happen, Elizabeth and I decided to go on this European trip, including this “cruise on four wheels” as our “reward” for all the hard work.
Including the outbound flights to London, Madrid and Granada, and our “sailing down the Danube on four wheels,” we have traveled a total of 16,000 miles in one month through 9 countries.
For those who may not have planned and organized such overseas trips for themselves, that’s’s a lot of hard work in planning, and thousands of challenges and unexpected twists and turns in the execution. But but it was all worth it in the end.
We have traveled around the world many times in the last 9 years. And all of those trips were wonderful in their own way. But this month we have spent in Europe is not only the longest but also the grandest of them all.
Every day was an adventure, a trip to some of our past lives, a historical discovery, a cultural delight, an unexpected detour, a surprise event put on by some of my family in Vienna or Serbia, an enchanting musical or dance or ballet experience. Even some of our misadventures looked like fun in hindsight, and made us laugh at ourselves.
But what made this trip the grandest of the grand was that we encountered Divine guidance guidance every step of the way. We felt as if we were being led by invisible strings to places where revelations would occur about our past which we could use to learn about the present and the future.
As a result, we not only encountered Mozart, my old friend from the 18th century, and Liszt, one of my 19th century incarnations, we were also guided to Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert who also played an important roles in my past and current lifetimes. I have played and recorded pieces composed by all of them. And I just discovered that most of them have met each other (Liszt-Brahms, Strauss-Brahms, etc.)
As we do at the of each trip, we rated our top three experiences as follows (you can see these stars at the end of each travelogue title below:
#1 – ✮✮✮✮✮ (five stars)
#2 – ✮✮✮✮ (four stars)
#3 – ✮✮✮ (three stars)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A travel editorial on London, England
Day 10, June 3 – Granada, Alhambra: A perfect setting for a perfect birthday✮✮✮✮ (Bob #2), ✮✮✮ (Elizabeth #3)
Day 15, June 8 – Delightful “Swan Lake” Ballet at Vienna State Opera ✮✮✮✮✮ (Elizabeth #1)
Day 21, June 14 – Relaxing day in Grocka, Serbia ✮✮✮✮ (Elizabeth’s #2)
Day 22, June 15 – Sailing down the Danube to Tabula Traiana ✮✮✮✮✮ (Bob’s #1)
An editorial comment – from Truth in Media – AUSTRIA STARTING TO DEFEND HERSELF FROM MIGRANT INVASION