Monday, September 17, 2012

Moscow to Vienna!

River cruise in Russia ended with a few days in Moscow. A day's tour of that thoroughly modern city included exploration of Red Square and Moscow University followed by a nighttime boat tour of Moscow River and some adjoining canals. Enjoyed an evening performance of Don Quixote at the Bolshoi. When you see the Bolshoi at home you know you've seen ballet. Finished with a half-day walking tour of the Kremlin.

Flight from Moscow to Vienna was tedious because of an unplanned three-hour flight delay and a maddening afternoon in Moscow's overcrowded airport, all aggravated by three gate changes before we were finally airborne for Vienna.

Today begins a wonderful visit with my son and his wife. Lori gave us a fine introduction to the city with walking visits to the Opera and the Spanish Riding School and all the sights of Vienna's central district. We were lucky enough to get the last four available seats for Tuesday night's performance of Verdi's I Vespri Siciliana at the Opera. Looking forward to a grand week in this great city.

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