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Walking around in Vienna

Vienna is such a great old city, filled with beautiful churches, quaint streets and of course, the world famous Vienna Opera House. We took the roundabout tour of the place especially when we got to Schonbrunn Palace. It is a spectacular, enormous yellow palace, synonymous with the decadence of the Habsburgs, who ruled Austria for centuries. Hands down, it’s one …

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Chiaroscuros?? Words you learn about while reading travel blogs …

Seriously, I never knew such a word existed till this morning.Chiaroscuro in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human …

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How could I forget Vienna sausages?

Growing up in Trinidad, the only thing that Vienna would trigger would be memories of nitrite soaked Vienna Sausages. However, Vienna was/is one of the great European cultural sites, berthing numerous famous artists and composers whose works many of us recognize even today.  And although it served as a key battleground during many medieval wars, it was comparatively untouched by …

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Getting into Salzburg….

The first big thing about Salzburg is that it is the birthplace of Mozart, and to people who live in Salzburg, this is a big thing! One would easily get this question wrong in Final Jeopardy. In my brain, it would go something like this: Alex Trebek: “What was the birthplace of this composer who wrote every piece of Well …

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