Archive | May, 2017


30 May

It’s currently almost 30°C (about 86°F) in Vienna. All the benches in the shade are taken and all the benches in the sun are free.

The linden trees 2017

30 May

The linden (or lime trees, if you’re British) are in blossom. (Just thought you’d like to know. ;-))

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25 May

Except for the vocal fry, which shows she’s spent too much time in the U.S., this short video is amazingly accurate and quite funny.


18 May

I’m just taking the 13A bus across town from one appointment to another. The weather is gorgeous and we keep passing one park, square, and sidewalk café after the other where people are going about their business in the leisurely and yet purposeful way typical to Vienna. There even was a small farmer’s market. What a city!


Empress Maria Theresia

12 May

Wow, I have been busy and keeping my head down. Today celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Empress Maria Theresia’s birth are starting and I’ve missed the whole run up. I think of her as Austria’s equivalent of Queen Victoria, strong woman, deeply in love with her consort, with many children (one of whom was Marie Antoinette).