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5:26 PM - Aug 05, 2018 #21

Vienna.
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5:31 PM - Aug 05, 2018 #22

Klaus wrote:Visiting an old friend.
One you clearly haven’t spent enough time with.
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5:44 PM - Aug 05, 2018 #23

The Vienna Central Cemetery is probably my favorite cemetery in the world. Everybody visits the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss etc., but I find it more interesting to identify the "B list" celebrities and study the often quite interesting and/or amusing tombstone inscriptions.
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5:47 PM - Aug 05, 2018 #24

jon-nyc wrote:
Klaus wrote:Visiting an old friend.
One you clearly haven’t spent enough time with.
But in contrast to some other piano wannabe's, I've at least spent a little time with him.
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8:52 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #25

Klaus wrote:
Klaus wrote:Its our first vacation with a trailer. There's a little voice in me which says that it will probably almost certainly also be the last.
Fixed.
No way am I ever..

Until hell freezes over...

The horror. The horror.

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10:38 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #26

Klaus wrote:The Vienna Central Cemetery is probably my favorite cemetery in the world. Everybody visits the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss etc., but I find it more interesting to identify the "B list" celebrities and study the often quite interesting and/or amusing tombstone inscriptions.
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on my A list

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in the more remote part of the cemetary is the jewish section, only other visitors besides me were these guys...

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i know u guys cant read this, but there is a reference to vienna as the "royal city", back to when there was an emperor in town

"I don't know much about classical music. For years I thought the Goldberg Variations were something Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg did on their wedding night." Woody Allen
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10:44 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #27

not sure why those postimage links appear the way they do, but im too lazy to change
"I don't know much about classical music. For years I thought the Goldberg Variations were something Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg did on their wedding night." Woody Allen
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10:47 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #28

theodor in his prime....

"I don't know much about classical music. For years I thought the Goldberg Variations were something Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg did on their wedding night." Woody Allen
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11:03 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #29

wrote:Billroth was a talented amateur pianist and violinist. He met Brahms in the 1860s, when the composer was a rising star of the Viennese musical scene. They became close friends and shared musical insights. Brahms frequently sent Billroth his original manuscripts in order to get his opinion before publication, and Billroth participated as a musician in trial rehearsals of many of Brahms' chamber works before their first performances. Brahms dedicated his first two string quartets, Opus 51, to Billroth.

Billroth and Brahms, together with the acerbic and influential Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, formed the core of the musical conservatives who opposed the innovations of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. In the conflict, known as the War of the Romantics, Billroth supported Brahms, but was always fair and measured in his comments. "Wagner was indeed a very considerable talent in many directions," he wrote in 1888.[8]
Damn. What a guy!

From what I can see, He was also somewhat antisemitic, though.
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11:07 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #30

hey, wasnt everyone then?
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11:11 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #31



notice the dedication
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11:41 AM - Aug 09, 2018 #32

Klaus wrote:starts next week. We'll spend a few days in Bavaria, then head east to Vienna, then to Bled in Slovenia, then a couple of days at the Mediterranean Sea in Croatia, then a few mountain days in Austria, then back home. It's a bit of everything.
Wow. That's a great itinerary, Klaus. Take a pic of everything, including the camper. I want to imagine your family coexisting in this thing.

When I was age 7, my parents took us from Minnesoooooooota to Florida, and we used a tent for camping. I still remember the tree frogs covering the car windshield in the morning.

Watch out for the frogs! :)
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10:57 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #33

OK, now that we are back it's time for a few (rather random) conclusions:

1. Slovenia has amazingly beautiful nature. We've spent a lot of time in the Triglav national park, which has amazing mountains, crystal-clear blue rivers, and super-green forests.


We walked on this path, too:



Our local village, Bled, was quite pittoresque.



We also visited an amazing cave, protected as Unesco world heritage site.



2. The Mediterranean sea seems to be somewhat annoying everywhere. Much too busy, too hot, too "touristy". I don't think we'll go there again in the forseeable future.

3. Vienna, a city of barely 2 million citizens, has more interesting things to see and do than many megacities like Tokyo.

4. Camping in North America is about experiencing nature. Camping in Europe is about entertainment and experiencing people. We've had enough of the latter, but maybe we'll do the former again.

5. In Europe, the number of honks directed at you in your car grows proportionally with how south you are.
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11:02 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #34

As someone said, you should rent a Class-A motorhome and go "glamping" in the US. It would be great.
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11:06 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #35

Thanks, Klaus. Love the last picture -- it looks spookily like a cityscape, maybe even a specific one like Manhatten! Kinda. From a distance. If you close one eye.
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11:49 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #36

Klaus wrote:
Klaus wrote:
Klaus wrote:Its our first vacation with a trailer. There's a little voice in me which says that it will probably almost certainly also be the last.
Fixed.
No way am I ever..

Until hell freezes over...

The horror. The horror.
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11:50 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #37

Vivid colors. What camera is this?

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11:56 PM - Aug 13, 2018 #38

Wow, Slovenia looks fantastic!! Are those your photos?
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12:01 AM - Aug 14, 2018 #39

sue wrote:Wow, Slovenia looks fantastic!! Are those your photos?
Nope. I was too lazy to take good photos this time.
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12:35 AM - Aug 14, 2018 #40

Wow is right, what a beautiful area!

Hope you have some pictures of camping. I'm curious if there are the same huge motorhomes or 5th-wheels towing a massive trailer like we have here, where the silence is filled with the sound of obnoxious generators in the evening.

Are the campgrounds typically private, or run by the municipality or State? Not like I could go there, unless someone builds a very long bridge. Just curious.

Beautiful scenery, so picturesque!

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