VIENNA’S OPULENT CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

If Paris is The City Of Lights, Vienna is the City Of Christmas Lights. Known as a romantic city with The Blue Danube Waltz, its wickedly rich food and gorgeous architecture, it pulls all stops out to set the town ablaze for Christmas.

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These delicate hand-blown glass ornaments are in shop windows everywhere.

IMG_0410 I copyViennese pastries and chocolates define the word “Heaven”.

 

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This gigantic ball or red lights hangs next to the famed St. Stephen’s Cathedral (see it lower left?)

 

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The spirit of Christmas resounds in Vienna.

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Adventures in Cuba

Cuba is an seldom visited country for many people, especially Americans, and its boisterous spirit soars them above the nation’s troubles. I couldn’t go anywhere in Havana without being bathed in music on the streets. People sing, play instruments and dance as a way of life. Music gets them through everything. These four people images are as widely varied as the people themselves.

 

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Women gather daily around the church to gossip, knit, sell produce or just chat.

 

 

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With work scarce this man spends his days watching the passing parade in Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tropicana opened in 1939 and was one of the most famous nightclubs in the world because international stars played there until Castro’s takeover in 1951. The show now is a glitzy show of Cuba’s beauties.

 

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A fortress is not the usual venue for a wedding but this bride chose it as hers