European Football Tournaments.

Yesterday I posted about the World Cup.  Today I am posting excerpts of two letters on European tournaments.  I watched Euro 98 games Austria and Egypt.   During Euro 96 we lived in Tirana.  I’ll start with Euro 2008. A cartoon in one of the local Cairo papers shows two Egyptians looking at the European football tournament, Euro 2008, on TV.  One says to the other … Continue reading European Football Tournaments.

Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung)

Around the perimeter of the Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung Square) booths sell handicrafts, I bought an olive wood egg.  One sold live rabbits.  The food market and the wine tasting booths were across the street.  I have a picture of a group of umbrellas huddled around a round table.  The umbrellas interlocked in a way that guaranteed the soggy diners … Continue reading Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung)

40,000 Easter Eggs

The Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung Square) was smaller and more interesting than the market at Schonbrunn.  In the middle of the square is what is advertised as, 40,000 decorated Easter eggs are for sale.  It seems like more.  They sit in flats under umbrellas, each hand painted, or, in some cases, shells with designs cut into them.  Broken egg shells … Continue reading 40,000 Easter Eggs

Easter Market at Schonbrunn Palace

Vienna’s Easter markets are spin offs of their Christmas markets and are relatively small compared with their Yuletide counterparts.  I had wondered how these markets dealt with the Lenten season of penance and fasting.  They mostly don’t.  The market on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace is the largest.  It has an Easter House “Werkstatt” (work station) where children make marzipan bunnies and eggs.  It … Continue reading Easter Market at Schonbrunn Palace

Railjet, Austria’s High Speed Train.

Railjet is Austria’s high speed train.  While not as fast as Germany’s ICE (Suzi’s train from Brussels to Munich topped out at 275) or France’s TGV, we clocked a respectable 232 km per hour  (144 MPH) on the route between Munich and Vienna.  The train is comfortable with wi-fi (I took a picture when the speedometer tipped 200 and sent it out on FaceBook), a … Continue reading Railjet, Austria’s High Speed Train.