A few years ago we both went to Vienna for a very special occasion, something to be cherished for the rest of my life. So come with me today down my memory lane. Carina 🙂

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On July 21st, Philippe Léopold Louis Marie became the seventh king of Belgium when his father King Albert II of Belgium abdicated citing age and failing health. Minutes later, the father and son appeared on the balcony of Palais Royal in Brussels in the presence of Queen Paola, Philippe’s wife Queen Mathilde (d’Udekem d’Acoz), their four children and former Queen Fabiola, while a huge crowd cheered and shouted “Long live the king” from below. The new sovereign vowed to strive for the unity of the nation. Promise is a big word. Promises bind us to each other, and to a common commitment for the future.


The sight of Palais Royal resurfaced memories of our visit to Belgium few years ago in fulfilment of a promise I made to Carina.  Of the many attractions we saw there – the Grand Place (Grote Markt)…

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3 thoughts on “VIENNA – A TRYST WITH VERDI

  1. Hello,
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I have only been to Belgium once but have an excellent memory around this short trip.
    This abdication interested the press in France, where the royalty continues to fascinate people!

  2. I enjoyed scrolling through your posts and assume that you are now residing in south India. My husband and I spent 2 weeks in northern India last November and had a great time. We hosted a dinner for two Indian blog friends, who flew from Assam to New Delhi just to visit with us. When I was single, I taught English in Bangkok for 10 months in 1969 and then traveled through Europe for 3 months. Many pleasant memories! I have included your blog on my blogroll.

    • Gigi – sorry for delay! Thank you for your comments and yes, we are living here in the deep south of India, Cochin, Kerala – the land of coconuts and spices. Bangkok, as you might have guessed by now is a very special place for Jo and I.

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