Monday, January 19, 2015

Shall We Dance? - It's Ball Season In Vienna


 Its ball season here and everybody is in excitement.
If you have ever dreamed of dancing the Waltz  at one of Vienna's famous balls this is the time for it.
It sounds unbelievable but over 400 balls are staged here every year with nearly 300.000 dance crazy assistants.
There are the very fancy and elegant balls like the ball of the Wiener Philharmoniker, one of the world's finest orchestras.

Poster announcing  the ball of the Vienna Philharmonics

And there is of course the glamorous Opera ball.

Here a picture of the legendary entrance of the debutants and the exquisitely decorated opera house.

The flower arrangements are fantastic and the whole atmosphere is elegant and festive.
Images of the Opera ball are broadcasted each year around the whole world.
Another beautiful event is the Hunters ball where all assistants dress in National costume ( Dirndl for the ladies and Steirer for Gentlemen)

Opening ceremony at the Hunters Ball.

And then there are of course the balls for nearly every imaginable profession:
Police, lawyers, technicians, owners of cafés , doctors,confectioners ... you name it.

Poster announcing the police ball.

Carnival masks made of chocolate.


The dress code for the most elegant balls is quite formal:
White tie and decorations ( if you own one , if not - rumor has it that some of them are bought at the flea market :) )  for gentlemen and evening gown for ladies.

For a prime loge at the opera ball you will be charged the bargain of about US$ 21.000.-!

Couples made of marcipan dancing on a sugar cloud displayed at the famous Demel pastry shop and cafe.
 By the end of carnival (Ash Wednesday) the city life returns back to normality but sometimes it seems that the whole town is just waiting for next year's carnival to come back to life again.
See you soon with new adventures,until then....I have to get dressed for the next ball :)

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