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Goodbye Vienna

Written on: Sunday July 10th, 2011

A journal entry from: Europe 2011

Its been short but sweet. I quite enjoyed my cemetary tour yesterday. The public transport here is fabulous with the subway, tram system and buses put together. The first cemetary brought me to the graves of Beethoven, Schubert, the Strausses, Gluck, to name a few. All had beautiful statues or memorials with flowers everywhere, Beethoven and Schubert next to each other. Johann and Christoph Strauss next to each other. A memorial to Mozart though he wasnt burried there. A few other people there visiting. The next one was my favourite because yes it was Mozart, but it was so peaceful and quiet! I sat there next to the (best approximation of) his gravesite. In comparison to the ones Id already seen it was quite simple with a statue of an angel and some red flowers. It was so calm and peaceful I probably had about an hour there and only saw one other couple. I asked him a few things, if he ever tired of being a child star, how his sister was, you know, what anyone would ask mozart. The cemetery was veryold, and quite simple compared to the others. I think the last time anyone was burried there was back in the 1800s. Last I went to one with Bruckner, Berg and the artist Klimt. Was kind of disappointed as I couldnt find Bruckner and that was the main reason I went there. Oh well.

Was a hot day once again around 34 celcius. I understand Calgary is having the same kind of weather.

Today we are bussing it to Schladming, a tiny village in the middle of Austria which has a good ski hill in the Winter. There we will be for 5 nights, and will take part in one of Europe´s most prestigious band festivals. Others in the band have been before and say its a good time so I look forward to it. We are stopping at a 4000 year old salt mine in the town of Halstatt on the way. Why, I am not so sure, but should be interesting.

Lots of love.

 

From Shauna on Jul 12th, 2011

T-shirt: Shevaughn's Composer Graveyard Tour 2011 Sounds amazing, my friend. Have fun at the festival!

From pat on Jul 12th, 2011

Wow amazing adventures for a music buff like yourself

From Mahara on Jul 18th, 2011

I wish I could have gone with you...to the cemetary....to be so close... to these great composers...to pay homage...very emotional....something to think about when I go back to Europe...please take lots of pictures....