For the next part of the journey we boarded an airplane in Brussels and flew to Vienna, Austria. This was a challenge because our original flight was cancelled because of an air traffic controller's strike. Our amazing guide, Lorena, was able to book all 44 of us on another flight with only a couple hours of delay.
I didn't believe they served "free" beer on this flight. You can't turn down a free beer! I had to get a photo with the stewardess. I had to get a photo with the stewardess.
The Michaelerplatz is one of the most famous squares in Vienna mainly because of its proximity to the Hofburg Imperial Palace and other major tourist attractions of the capital city.
Our group was given a tour through the beautiful grounds of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
The absolute best part of the tour was when we happened by as the Lipizzaner Stallions were heading to one of their training sessions. Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School features a breed of horse known as Lipizzaner (often called Lipizzan in North America), who trace their lineage back to the sixteenth century. Only the stallions are used in the school. Here is a link to watch as the trainers walked them by us: https://vimeo.com/347945894
One of the highlights of Vienna was visiting the famous Central Cemetery where great musicians like Beethoven and Schubert are buried. They spared no expense when it came to honoring the famous people who were buried here.
We also got to see a ballet while we were in Vienna. Above is the beautiful hall where the ballet took place. Below that is a picture of our group standing in line to enter the ballet. The picture on the lower right is the outside screen where you may watch the live performance for free.
During my stay in Vienna, I didn't take any images with my DSLR that I would feel are worthy for my Landscape Art website. The thing about photographing fine art photography is you have to be at the right place, at the right time to compose the images in the best light. Unfortunately, that isn't always possible. There are some gems in my future newsletters that I can't wait to show you.
Stay tuned for Salzburg!