March 6, 2013

Ringing in New Year 2013 in Vienna

We started off our New Years Eve (Silvester) in Vienna right...with a Good Luck Pig Sachertorte square and ice cream.
In Vienna, the party gets started early and the music along the New Years Eve trail starts at 2:30 in the afternoon.  We enjoyed a Michael Jackson tribute band outside the Rathaus.

After a brief late afternoon siesta, we went back out and walked along the full New Years Eve trail.
The streets were already full of revelers.
Along Der Graben, we stopped for a glühwein and got to talking with some locals and their adorable pooch Fiona!
Der Graben was elegantly lit with giant chandeliers.
Punch and hearty Austrian fare were on offer all along the trail.
We continued on to St. Stephansplatz...
 ...and then up Kartnerstrasse.
We took a quick detour into Cafe Gertsner for a tasty macaron and slice of cake.
Smack in the middle of Kartnerstrasse, we heard a DJ playing funky beats and stopped to dance.
Back at the Rathaus, we decided to station ourselves near the Superfly Stage for most of the evening.
Funk and soul bands hit the stage one after the other.  It was music just to our liking...
Ramon was the first to kick things off.
The advertisements projected onto the nearby buildings were making me hungry.
Just before midnight we counted down the seconds until the New Year.  The crowd spilled into the streets and watched the fireworks go off in many directions.
The fireworks continued for about 15 minutes and then everyone headed back toward the stage to catch the next act.
The Superfly Orchestra put on an amazing show.  Gimme da Funk!
We got our groove on until about 1:30 and then caught the train back to the apartment for a short night's sleep before flying back to Dublin in the morning.


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