Monthly Archives: August 2004

Was that dinner, or a vaudeville routine?

Alas, dinner at Meinl was a bust. The food was mediocre, but the service was appalling. And this, at one of the top restaurants in Vienna! It’s a lovely place that looks out down the Graben (“moat” in German, not … Continue reading

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Beautiful Wien

I arrived in Vienna this afternoon (that’s the Stephansdom on the right), after a wonderful day driving along the Danube, stopping in to explore a few little villages. One was Durnstein (near left), where I stopped in at the church … Continue reading

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Hotel mysteries

When I first checked in to this hotel, I was given the curse of all lone travelers: the tiny room, with a single bed, and a bathroom with no tub. Boldly, I marched back downstairs and said, auf Deutsch, naturlich, … Continue reading

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My tour of psychiatric hospitals, part 2

Today’s main destination: Maria-Gugging, home of the Donauklinikum, which is a psychiatric hospital where lots of artists happen to be. They have a workshop there called Haus der Kunstler, which is decorated in a kind of outsider art/art brut style, … Continue reading

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Ok, so agriculture was never my strong point

When I arrived in Krems yesterday, I noticed lots of fields full of what appeared to be tobacco on its last legs. You know, most of the leaves had been pulled, but there were a few yellowing ones left. The … Continue reading

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In Austria!

Arrived this morning in London and then went on to Vienna and then to rural Austria, (via rental car–ah, but it’s been a long time since I’ve driven a stick!), where I am presently enjoying the view (hills, vineyards, the … Continue reading

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Bold start

I woke up this morning and thought, everybody on the planet has a blog except for me. Time to get crackin’. Six hours and much removing/installing/repairing of software and hardware, not to mention 2 trips to Staples for various items–cables, … Continue reading

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