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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Photos of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery: Osaka, Japan


The highlight of my September 2007 trip to Japan was a visit to the Yamazaki Distillery outside Osaka. Yamazaki is Suntory’s best-known whisky (Bill Murray’s character endorsed it in Lost in Translation), and to my knowledge the only Suntory single malt brand distributed in the USA. However, the menu at the Yamazaki tasting room (“Whisky […]

Vienna, Austria: Riesenrad in the Prater: April 2009


Vienna’s iconic Riesenrad (giant Ferris wheel) is the central attraction in amusement park in the Prater, a large public park in the Second District. My favorite mention of the Prater is in Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier, in which the Marschallin tells her young lover Octavian that he may ride alongside her carriage in the […]

Vienna, Austria: State Opera: April 2009


This photo album is the fourth in a series of five from my brief trip to Vienna in April 2009. These 65-ish photos are in and about the Wiener Staatsoper, where I attended 100+ performances (mostly standing room) while a student in 1994. Of the three nights I was in Vienna this time, I bought […]

Vienna, Austria: Street Scenes and Other Photos: April 2009


This photo set is the third in a series of a five taken on a quick trip to Vienna in April 2009. Mostly exteriors, focusing on Jugendstil (art nouveau) buildings, with some other sites mixed in. The set is on Flickr here. I generally recommend using the Flickr slideshow over the gallery inserted below.

Beer in Vienna, Austria: April 2009


While in Vienna in April 2009, I of course spent some time getting to know the beer. Since I was only in town for a few days, I couldn’t make a comprehensive exploration of beer haunts. But, armed with some reports from Beer Advocate and a couple of earlier explorers who had posted their notes […]

Vienna, Austria: Central Cemetery: April 2009


In April 2009, after a few days in London for business, I spent a few more days in Vienna, for fun. This was my first time back in that city since studying there as a college junior in 1994. My primary activity was attending performances of my favorite opera, Wagner’s Parsifal, at the Vienna State […]