It's feels as if God turned down the thermostat in Vienna. We awoke today to beautiful sunny skies and marvelous Fall temperatures. Ann is considering wearing "closed toe" shoes a sure sign that the heat wave of Austria is over!
The start of "schooling" was how shall we say "painful" for both parents and kids. We count the 2-3 times tables as completed and committed to the memory of the 8 year old. The slope, delta and rational numbers for the other 2 lads.....we'll get back to you on that score. The first field trips were a success, all permission slips acquired and we're pretty sure we all learned a few things. Suffice it to say the Hapsburg Dynasty had it "goin on" and as Pearse stated after our tour "that Napoleon guy really got around!"
Friday night was filled with expectation as we loaded onto the tram #37 and headed to St. Micheal's Platz and the home to the Winter Spanish Riding School. The Glavin kids and parents are excited to see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions in all their glory. Before the nights end new terms like "Work in Hand",'Pas De Deux", "Schools Above the Ground" and the famous choreographed finale the "School Quadrille" where 8 Lipizzaner Horses "Trot"," Canter" and otherwise amaze the rapt audience. A wonderfully enjoyable and memorable evening for team Glavin.
It is forbidden to take pictures of the show and beautiful building that houses the Winter Spanish Riding School during the show. Attached is the "Ugly American" bootlegged photo during the "Steps and Movements of the Classical School". The photographer is Ann G. and the ghosts of emperor's past sought vengeance on Ann. She had an allergic breakout to the horses that required a blast of steroids and blast of Claritan and many hours of lost sleep due to wheezing, coughing and watery eyes. Eamon asked "Was the lawbreaking picture worth it all, mom?"