Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vienna in My Dreams

In what seems like a not quite parallel universe, in seventh grade my favorite subject was social studies. It was a little bit of elementary school and almost high school history. There was some history, some geography, and "current events." We weren't typing essays yet and I got to indulge one of my favorite parts of school, making a scrapbook of pictures. I had no idea that fifty years later we would do this with a computer and call it "blogging."

My big social studies project in 1962 was a study of Austria, with a focus on Vienna. My memory of these projects is somewhat hazy, but I was a great collector of travel brochures and I'm sure there were several visits to one of the big travel agencies in downtown Hartford for brochures. A flurry of construction paper and glue must have followed, as well as sitting at the kitchen table for hours composing the text that would go with the pictures. The project has long vanished and I don't remember the grade I received, but the memory of Vienna has stayed with me.

Vienna of my Dreams, (c) WienTourismus, Christian Stemper

When I looked at this beautiful picture I realized why the memory of Vienna and the desire to visit has stayed with me over fifty years. I haven't made the trip YET, but it's definitely on my "to-see" list. Though it won't take the place of actually seeing and being in Vienna I am delighted to join the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Ringstrasse taking place at Grand Central Station today and tomorrow. The Ringstrasse is the boulevard winding through Vienna lined with palaces, parks, stately buildings and gardens. I'm looking forward to more great photographs, a webcam with the fabulous Cafe Central in Vienna, some Viennese treats and the chance to win a trip to Vienna. I will be back with more pictures to share from my Grand Central Station fun. 

I'm also delighted to let Ida, at Wishes, Dreams and Other Things, know that she is the winner of "Lucky Harbor." Ida, I'll be in touch to get your address and send your book to you. 

I'm off in a little while for my Grand Central Station Vienna adventure and tonight there's a new member dinner at our synagogue. I may try and make it to the gym, too, but that may have to wait until tomorrow. I've got a list of errands before I leave for Providence on Friday morning and a few of them are calling. 

As always, thanks for visiting and enjoy this sweet autumn weather. 

12 comments:

Sola Scriptura said...

After reading this post, now I too want to add this to my "must-see" list! Beautiful! I look forward to seeing your pictures from Grand Central Station. You certainly are a busy lady. Take Care!

Denise Dobkowski Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

I've been to Vienna twice and it is one of my fondest travel memories. Hope you get there soon.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Congrats to Ida...she's such a sweetie! And I still have a trip to Italy on my wish list but other things have gotten above it in the list! I love to travel in the US by car...such fun! Hugs!

TARYTERRE said...

Enjoy your Grand Central Station Vienna adventure. Sounds like the next best thing to being there. maybe you'll win the trip???? Congrats to Ida on the book.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Here's hoping you win that trip to Vienna.

Nellie said...

Ah! How wonderful if you could win that trip to Vienna! This sounds like great fun.

Sissym Mascarenhas said...



Wonderful! I never visited Vienna, but I know that it is so beautiful.

Kisses

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope you enjoyed the trip to Grand Central and your dinner. It's been very sweet October weather here. Sounds like you've a wonderful weekend to look forward to.

Susie said...

Buttercup, That would be something to see in person. Vienna's beauty and history. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Vienna is also a place I've always wanted to visit--and is on my every growing wish list! I have a mental image of Vienna as a place of high mountains and glorious music. The older I get the longer my wish list grows--it's a good thing I'm such a wonderful dreamer!!

Ida said...

Thanks again for the contest, I'm excited about winning the book.

Vienna sounds like a magical place. For me my dream trip would be Ireland. I should research that (just in case).

Hope you enjoy the Grand Central adventure and take lots of pictures.

Terra said...

I would love to visit Vienna too and have a great trip to Rhode Island.