La Source ballet and Seine River cruise

We had second-to-last-row seats at the Opera Garnier to see La Source ballet on Christmas Eve.  The building, which we’d previously toured, as well as the ballet were magnificent.  I felt so fortunate to be there.  Laurel loved seeing a ballet that was not The Nutcracker.  (She was sick of The Nutcracker after rehearsing it…

Do Re Mi Fa So..and so on

We (Ok, “I”) wanted to see The Sound of Music sites in Salzburg but had limited time.  We also wanted to walk around the old town a bit more and see the house where Mozart was born.  We enjoyed looking in the store windows and seeing traditional Austrian clothes – the dresses like you see women…

Vienna

We stayed in an apartment in Vienna (Wien – Did you know Wiener just means someone or something from Vienna?  How did I never know that?  It doesn’t seem quite so snicker-worthy now…actually, yes it does.) from December 19-22, having taken a taxi there from Budapest.  We liked it, but in hindsight I would have…

Budapest

    Above: Chain Bridge over the Danube River on December 17 Below: We took the funicular up the hill and happened to arrive just in time to watch the changing of the guard at Buda Palace.  (The people in the crowd are attempting to keep the sun out of their eyes; they’re not saluting.)…

Wieliczka Salt Mine and Krakow

On Monday, December 15, our same taxi driver from the day before picked us up at our 17th century, Krakow townhouse and drove us a few miles outside the city limits to the town of Wieliczka where a salt mine has been in operation for 700 years, ceasing most activity about 15 years ago.  Since…

Salzburg

I’m sitting in the small lobby of our Salzburg inn where I can use the wifi. I’ll have to catch up the blog with the other posts when we return to Paris. We took a 2 1/2-hour train from Vienna to Salzburg today and, after checking into our hotel, walked across the Salzach River on…

Auschwitz-Birkenau

I had been dreading going to Auschwitz although it was one of the main reasons we came to Poland.  I felt obligated to try to get a sense of what happened there, but I was afraid I might have nightmares for a while.  The buildings that remain and the museums they house at Auschwitz and…