A magic moment in Vienna


A winter day in Vienna. And emerging from the catacombs of St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where the remains of ancient emperors lie buried beneath the stone, I have one of those moments that make travelling worthwhile. Suddenly the air is full of big, fluffy snowflakes, and there, in front of me in the centuries-old street are horses and carriages — a scene right out of an old masters painting. The music of Mozart, who lived in a house just around the corner, seems to be playing from a distant window … but it could be just my imagination.


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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.


  1. This is great, Paul. I am enjoying your trip vicariously whilst sitting here in the tropics. This time last year I was in Venice thinking ‘This is lovely, if only it wasn’t so cold!’.

  2. An unreal moment. the kind where you have to pinch yourself to bring yourself back to the real world. Beautiful eh!

    • Thanks — I’m glad I had a camera handy to capture the moment. The wonders of photography … Typing this from a cafe near the acropolis in Athens.

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