family, Vienna, wedding

Schönbrunn Palace wedding day

What a magical day! We gather at the palace in our formal finery, and the tourists who are on the grounds for other reasons are quite taken with our glamorous selves. A wedding at the Schönbrunn is not a common event. The ceremony is to be in the white and gold room, where a string […]

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family, Vienna

Vienna – Belvedere and the groom’s dinner

It’s Friday now, and the wedding party is starting to gather from around the world. On Thursday night, those who were already in town came together at our apartment for hellos, beers, and a dinner Christine and Liz created called Refrigerator Surprise. Magically, it’s enough for everyone. On Friday morning, we decide we have time […]

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family, Vienna

Kunst Automatons

Several of you have commented on the gold covered treasures of the Kunst, but little would you know that one full room was mechanical automatons! Music boxes, clocks, and mechanical toys of detail beyond belief. I was especially fascinated with the golden ship with wind-up power – moves itself, has drummers and flute players and […]

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family, Vienna

Vienna – Crosses, swords, lutes, and beer

Our days in Vienna have settled in to a pattern — sleep as long as we want, get up and drink many cups of coffee, read on our various devices, and then muster about noonish to start our touring. Today’s first stop is the Stephansondom, a gargantuan gothic cathedral bits and pieces of which are more […]

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family, Vienna

Welcome to Vienna

After a short hop from Bologna, we are in Vienna, where a fellow with a sign awaits us. (Which is pretty cool, since how many times have you stepped off a plane into a sea of sign-bearing drivers and never had them be for you?) He takes us to the Jewish Quarter and our apartment. […]

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family, Italy

Last day at the villa

Today, we leave Casa Duetto for good, and we are sad to say goodbye to our amazing view and quiet evenings in the Apennine ridge. We discover we have a set of orphan photos, snapped on this phone or that, and collected here as a reminder to ourselves of what life is like at the […]

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