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September 30, 2011 in More Europe VBT Community / (0) comments

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It was on this day, September 30, 1791, that The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna at the Theater auf der Wieden. Arguably Mozart’s last complete work, and undisputedly his final, finished masterpiece, the opera was instantly well-received. Though Mozart was quite ill at the time, the success of the opera apparently brightened the famed composer’s spirits and provided a short-lived… Read More

September 20, 2011 in Portugal VBT Community Wine / (0) comments

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With a wine producing heritage that dates back to the 2nd century, well before the modern establishment of the country, Portugal has had generations to perfect the art of winemaking. Through a dedication to the use of only indigenous grapes, the coastal nation has excelled in developing a collection of distinct and unrivalled varietals. In the heart of Portugal’s Beira… Read More

Machu Picchu, Peru

Eleven fifty-nine PM “my” time; 5:39 AM local time, descending into Paris. It was an easy flight except for no, or very little, sleep. But that was okay for I hoped to sleep on the next leg from Paris to Vienna. I was traveling to join many former guests, as well as John Freidin, his partner Kathryn, and Gerry and… Read More

September 16, 2011 in More Europe VBT Community / (0) comments

Machu Picchu, Peru

In Germany, it’s getting to be that time of year when lederhosen and giant pretzels are almost as ubiquitous as large, glass steins of locally brewed beer. Oktoberfest is an annual festival held in Germany from late September and into early October. Now boasting over 5 million visitors each year, the world’s largest fair was a long time in the… Read More

September 13, 2011 in California VBT Community / (0) comments

Machu Picchu, Peru

All across California, from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, grapes are ripening and vineyards are in full production as California’s harvest season is in full swing. This year marks the seventh in a row that September will be commemorated as California Wine Month, and tastings are being held throughout the Golden State. “The Crush,” as it known locally, is a… Read More


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