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So as tradition says it is time to start planning New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.

Now on the Eve or St-Sylvester we will be at home a quiet dinner, we have not been anywhere in decades on New Year’s Eve, cannot be bothered with going out, champagne can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own living room.

On New Year’s Day one event we always look forward to is the beautiful concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.  http://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/new-years-concert/the-new-years-concert

There are in fact 3 concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna for the New Year. If you wish to go and attend in person, you have to register online to buy tickets one year in advance between 2 Jan and 19 Feb. 2016 for the 2017 concert and then there is a draw and if your name is selected you are invited to purchase tickets for one of the 3 concerts. The worldwide demand for tickets is tremendous. The preview performance on the 30th Dec, the New Year’s Eve Concert and the big one the New Year’s Day concert broadcasted live. The price of the tickets is, well let’s just say it is not for all pocket books. Dress code is formal for this prestigious event. In Vienna the concert is at 11:00am so you can then proceed to your New Year’s Day luncheon afterwards.


This year the Conductor is Mariss Jansons with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The program includes music by the following composers, Robert Stolz, Johann Strauss, Jr., Carl Michael Ziehrer, Eduard Strauss, Josef Strauss, Èmile Waldteufel, Josef Hellmesberger sen., Johann Strauss, sen.

It is broadcasted around the world through the magic of the internet. Please look at the site for the time of broadcast, it is re-broadcasted on Public Radio in the USA and in Canada. You can watch and listen as it is re-broadcasted around 02:30pm and 07:30pm.


I will be shopping tomorrow for croissants and something nice to eat on January 1, what else is there to do on that day. For breakfast Shirred Eggs, bacon, some nice cheese, croissants, something sweet and champagne.

For lunch a nice quiche and salad, for dinner got to think of something festive to remind us of all the goods things in life.

I just noticed that my miniature purple coloured Orchids have started to open just in time fo the New Year.

Whatever you do for the New Year, I hope you enjoy yourself.

Prosit Neu Jahr!



Kronos,(time) from a temple in the gardens of the Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana, Rome