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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Just another Sunday in Vienna...

When I booked flights to see the Kirov Mariinsky Theatre Ballet performing on Sunday 21st June in the Vienna Volksoper, it seemed perfectly routine. However I didn't realise at the time that was also the date set for the cup final of the European nations football (soccer) tournament, also in Vienna. The tournament had spanned several weeks, and football-mania had overtaken the city, with a large portion of the centre cordoned off as a "fan zone" where football fans could safely congregate to watch games broadcast live on huge TV screens and to cordially foster international relationships.

Big screen in the fan Zone

When I arrived in Vienna it was known that the cup final was to be contested between Germany and Spain, and the city was already filling up with their fans. I couldn't resist the temptation to visit the stadium before the game and to mingle with them in the Fan Zone to soak up the convivial atmosphere.
German fans arrive by bicycle at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna....

...while Spanish fans posture in their sombreros

Fans without tickets flock to the Fan Zone in front of Vienna's Rathaus (City Hall) to watch the game on the big screen

A multitude of European nationalities but sadly England not represented, having been knocked out in the preliminary rounds

Before the match kicked off it was time to calm down with a coffee and to locate Vienna's Volksoper for the more gentle pursuit of watching the ballet.

Coffee break Viennese style, with cherry strudel

I had already seen the Mariinsky Theatre Kirov Ballet company performing in St. Petersburg and was eagerly anticipating their production of Swan Lake (Schwanensee).
Vienna's magnificent Voksoper...

...stages the Mariinsky Theatre Kirov ballet Company

Inside the Volksoper

The principals Viktoria Tereschkina (Odette/Odile) and Andrian Fadejew (Prince Siegfried) with the corps de ballet and orchestra conductor Boris Grusin take their well-deserved curtain call after a wonderful performance

After the performance it it was back down to earth from the magical illusion of a moonlit Transylvanian lake-side to the reality of noisy triumphant Spanish fans flooding the streets and the public transport services!

Oh yes, just another Sunday in Vienna...


Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Just another Sunday indeed! Prefer the ballet to the footy. Glad Spain won. Jemima had a lovely time on Sunday evening celebrating with all her Spanish friends.

That strudel looked yummy. Was that an Irish Coffee behind!

3:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so many different things happening.
i enjoyed your photos of it all.

love the tutus!

3:25 pm  
Blogger simon said...

cherry strudel.......

12:07 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Uh, nice to get a taste in imagination of the culture there. Lots of fun and high culure, indeed.

Good pics as always, and I like the coffee break! Actually it all looks interesting.

Rather bland over here, though plenty of lightening and tons of rain. And more fire crackers as well as fire works- to come.

4:18 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Yes Ted, I am intrigued by the coffee break photo too. It is so refreshing that Maalie is now taking an interest in food and is taking the time to photograph it before he shoves it in his mouth!

8:22 am  
Blogger simon said...

yes- its amazing what.......

11:26 am  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Gosh you are a well traveled man! I went to Butlins in Skegness once now beat that!

Have a sooper dooper weekend!

7:42 pm  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Yes, the strudel looked lovely - it is the 4th of July and we are headed off to a "rib-fest" before the fireworks - but I don't think ribs would photograph up as lovely as the strudel - although that may simply be the hands of the photographer.

11:21 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...


8:54 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

I am intrigued that most of the comments here focus on the coffee break (rather than the football or the ballet) - the coffee was intended merely as a "spacer" to separate the two themes!

The coffee was a Caffé Latte, the striated, or stratified version.

6:30 pm  
Blogger Shrinky said...

Ah maalie, you sure know how to live life, my friend! Easy on the cherry strudel though, there looked enough on that plate to feed a Spanish football team..

1:39 pm  

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