We’ve long been hearing that Vienna’s the world’s center of classical music. However we didn’t go into any theaters or opera houses, though there are many concerts aimed at tourists. We roamed around the city, mostly at the Hofburg Palace, the Hofburg museums especially the Sisi Museum since my wife was so fond of her story, and the shopping districts nearby. But we could barely stand the heat when we were there in June last year. It was very uneasy to stand under the sun and in the heat wave for more than five minutes. It would have been much nicer in April or September. Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Sometimes I bring the camera with me wherever I go, just in case there are any picturesque scenes I can captured. The followings are taken today on the way home, “fresh from the oven”. While the hurricane Irene is hitting the east coast of U.S. and Canada, we have fine weather here.
(Click to see the full size of each picture.)
I should have first written a post about the city of Vienna. But as I went along, the focus inevitably changed to Empress Elisabeth. Therefore, I will leave the city view for next time.
People are curious why we didn’t go to London, Paris, Rome and other big cities first since we like traveling in Europe. The truth is, my wife has been having this fantasy to see the city where Sissi’s story took place, the palace she was living in, the life style in that period of history and so on. Many folks (not including the Austrians and Hungarians) have never heard of Sissi. We knew about her stories from the 1955-57 trilogy movies Sissi starring German actress Romy Schneider. The movies were translated into Mandarin and imported in ’70s. Although not as famous as Audrey Hepburn, Romy was also a big star in the ’50s to ’70s, winning many awards. I didn’t really have much memories of the Sissi movies, except the scene that Sissi arriving Vienna on a cruise ship and receiving warm welcome from a big crowd. For an unknown reason, that scene stuck in my head for years. My wife, on the other hand, fell in love with her and the story, though (I know now) the trilogy didn’t tell the full story of her life, but just the most glorious time and happy-ending events.
Everyone knows Canada is famous for it’s maple trees, hence the maple leaf symbol on it’s national flag, and it makes and supplies 80% of the world’s maple syrup. Just the province of Quebec (we Canadian call it the French quarter as it’s first official language isn’t English but French) alone makes up the 75% of global production.
Algonquin is the largest provincial park in Ontario, covering 7,653 square kilometers. The park provides the largest camping area, the total longest walking trails, and is the most popular provincial park in the entire country. As it gets very cold and snowy in winters, most of the area are closed at that time. But during other seasons especially in the fall, the colorful landscape – perfect blue skies, calm and clear lake water and the red/yellow/green leaves – attracts many people for visiting.