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Episode 3



Show Notes

The episode on Vienna was the first full show we shot on the road for the series. We filmed the Chinatown and Reno/Tahoe shows on multiple days over a few months as they were local. But, it’s a different ballgame when you are filming on five consecutive long days in a foreign country. To land in Vienna with our crew on a Wednesday night and be on camera by 9am the next morning was an adventure, to say the least. 

We hired a driver and tour guide to take us around the city to some of the famed sites. We also met up with a friend who is an actor/director living in Vienna so he could show us his hidden spots. We had the great fortune of recording our visit to Vienna while aboard an AmaWaterways cruise, too. But, I also wanted to capture the Vienna I remembered from my youth. 

My dad was a pilot when I was growing up. I lived in the Chicago suburbs in a raucous, close-knit family of five kids. We were lucky to have journeyed to Europe multiple times over my childhood. It’s where my love of travel (and my packing expertise) originated. My mom told us we had two suitcases for the whole family and we each got a small spot for our clothes. I’ve been a highly efficient packer ever since! 

I remember one trip being utterly amazed at Vienna. I vividly recall seeing the Spanish Riding School, sitting in the Hotel Sacher indulging in chocolate cake, and walking through streets that looked like they belonged in a fairy tale. 

In my worldwide travels over the years a return visit to Vienna escaped me…until this show. So, you’ll see true emotion as I burst with excitement over being back in this magical city. The last time I was there I was a carefree kid. Since then my father passed away, as well as one of my sisters. Walking through St. Stephen’s Cathedral, I lit candles in their honor as tears welled up in my eyes. 

I hope you enjoy this very personal episode and feel the electricity, elegance, and delicious history of Vienna. Prost! 


(Go behind the scenes)


(Tell us your favorite spots)


(Visit places highlighted on the show)


Spanish Riding School

Vienna Sightseeing

Republic of Austria Parliament Tours

Museum of Art History

Museum of Natural History

Vienna City Hall

Burg Theater

University of Vienna

Museum of Johann Strauss

Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel

Kaffee Alt Wien

Café Rathaus

Café Schwarzenberg

Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker

Trattoria Santo Stefano

Café Prückel

Café Jelinek

Alt Wiener Würstelstand

Café Hawelka

Wieninger Wines

Schlumberger Grüner Veltliner Sekt

Heuriger Wolff

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Musikhaus Doblinger

Mozart’s House

Hotel Sacher Wien

NV k. k. Hoflieferant Brut Sacher Cuvée Welschriesling

Vienna State Opera

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