We took the train from Salzburg to Vienna on August 1 and took up residence in the lovely apartment of Peter, Alexandra, and Finn of “Risho Maru.” It was very hot almost the whole time we were in Vienna but we still loved it, as we did last year. It got so hot after some days — with a forecast of 100 degrees Fahrenheit– that we looked for some place to cool off. I followed the railway track south from Vienna on Google Maps and then searched on-line for a place in the Dolomite Mountains of the Alps easily accessible by train. Everything seemed to be booked but finally we found a room for 3 days with a family in a converted farm house in a small town just in the northeast corner of Italy just 5 miles from the Austrian border and 5 miles from the Slovenian border. They even agreed to pick us up from the train station.
There are only a few photos of Vienna below as we posted many last year. We were lucky enough to have our good friends from Rhode Island, Shelley Roth and her sons Spencer and Jeremy, visit for an afternoon.