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Judith Hildebrandt Sep 07, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Re. Budapest departure: we are scheduled for breakfast in hotel yet our plane leaves at 8:45 a.m. A bit tight. Load up on pastries and snacks the night before?
Pat Dickens Sep 27, 2013 at 03:56 PM

They'll let you know. The two times I've had that situation, there was either a boxed breakfast given to us or a small one n the diining room in the morning.

Travel Nut Jun 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I just bought tickets for my friend and me for Barber of Seville at Vienna State Opera house. Even two weeks ago there were a lot more choices for seats, so if you want to go I'd advise getting them soon (unless you want SRO, which isn't for me). Website is www.culturall.com which sells tickets directly for the opera house. Once you click to buy tickets, the seating chart pops us so you can see available seats. If website doesn't change to English (mine did) look up top and there should be a tab for English.

Travel Nut Jun 07, 2013 at 10:02 PM

On Oct. 8 in Budapest at the State Opera is Verdi's Falstaff. Over New Years in Prague, 3 of us ladies got box seats for Il Trovatore and had a wonderful evening. There's something about an old opera house...
Jeanne Hayes Jun 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM

Hey Travel Nut! My name is Jeanne Hayes and my friend and I are on the same trip as you are. I've checked everywhere, and find no performances at either the Opera House or Palace of Arts in Budapest for Oct 8th. Where did you find this? Look forward to meeting you
Travel Nut Jun 18, 2013 at 07:49 AM

Jeanne: Go to www.stateopera.hu and click the little calendar to October, then click 8 and you'll see Falstaff.
Travel Nut Jun 18, 2013 at 07:51 AM

Jeanne: If you two want to share a box let me know. Falstaff will probably sell out pretty quickly. I'm thinking of getting tickets ahead, both for Barber of Seville in Vienna and Falstaff in Budapest.
Travel Nut Jun 18, 2013 at 07:55 AM

Jeanne: Sorry, it was just www.opera.hu/en (for english) without the word state. I was going by memory and should know better :-)
Jeanne Hayes Jul 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM

My friend Jackie and I pre reserved an evening at the Volksoper for Oct 1. You can reserve now. They give you your seat numbers now and you pay then. They communicate in English well on the internet. No problems at all
Jeanne Hayes Jul 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM

Sorry...you can pay after Sept 2 up until 2 wks before
Pat Dickens Aug 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM

This sounds like a fun evening. I'm booking tickets, too.

Travel Nut Jun 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM

The Vienna State opera house has Barber of Seville Oct. 2. I'm thinking of getting a box seat, about Category B. Anyone else like opera?
Judith Hildebrandt Jun 07, 2013 at 09:35 PM

Travel Nut, keep us posted on opera/concerts. Thanks.
Marilyn Olson Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Hi! We would be interested. Tell us more, please!
Travel Nut Jun 18, 2013 at 08:02 AM

Marilyn: From what I can see, tickets go on sale exactly two months prior to performance, so Aug. 2. Up until that time, you can buy from ticket sales places but they cost more. There is like a way to reserve until they go on sale and I'm still trying to figure how that works. Will post more as I hear back from my queries. By the time things get translated on the internet, sometimes the meaning isn't clear .
Travel Nut Jun 18, 2013 at 09:21 PM

Marilyn: I finally found a way to contact State Opera direct about tickets. I read that international sales don't have to wait for ticket sales to begin. I have written to confirm this, and to make sure they can take c cards for paymentRight now there are 3 front row seats in Loge 10. Very good seats, 157 euros. I will comment here with their reply.
Travel Nut Jun 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I received an email saying we culd purchase tickets now for October operas. Here's the link. Last I looked there were 3 seats open in Loge 10, Row 1, seats 1,2,3. I'm going to reserve seat 1 and would love to have RS company in seats 2 and 3. These tickets are 157 euros or about $205 USD. Not the cheapest and certainly not the most expensive, but how often do we get to hear an opera performed in the Vienna Stte Opera House?
Travel Nut Jun 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Oops, forgot to send link. Here it is http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/tickets/Allgemein.en.php

Judith Hildebrandt Jun 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM

We arriving from New Hampshire via Hartford/Bradley. I had wanted to do any Road Scholar trip but it's the train travel that captured my husband. He's a serious model-rail enthusiast and we've taken some tourist train (narrow gauge - US) trips since retirement. In our earlier lives we've each ridden on European trains...but never together (we'll be 'newlyweds' by the time this trip begins). We each want to attend some museums and concerts along the way. Music...art...train, what could be better?

Fred Rea Mar 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

We are arriving from Dulles. As a life long train nut, my biggest interest is the train and the route it will be taking. I am particularly interested in features like tunnels, bridges, mountain passes, etc. I have some European RR maps but need to know more specifics to study the route.

I have ridden trains in the UK and Poland. But a trip through Europe is still very much on my bucket list.

Any other "railfans" in the group?
Travel Nut Mar 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Fred: The train was what lured me to this trip too, but I just love train travel and am old enough to remember some great rides. Now at least we have the Amtrak sleeping car. You can put your car aboard near Orlando and wake up the next day in Lorton, Va. Hope you get the map so you can tell us what's ahead!

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