New Year's Eve 1980

I was in Vienna and went to the New Year's Eve concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, drank champagne at the place across the street from the Opera House that Mozart and Beethoven once drank at and generally had the time of my life.

I was there for a couple weeks.  My hotel was the Metropole.....from Wiki":  "The hotel was built for the Vienna World Exhibition and was designed by Carl Schumann and Ludwig Tischler. The four-story building was richly decorated with Corinthian columns, caryatids and atlases. The inner court was glassed over and had a richly decorated dining hall.

After the Anschluss of Austria to Nazi Germany in March 1938, the hotel was confiscated by the Gestapo who made it their headquarters. Prisoners, especially Jews, were brought to the hotel to be interrogated, tortured and killed. During the war the building was hit by a bomb and burned down and ultimately the ruins were torn down to eliminate any memory of the building"..

A memory for a life time.  Happy New Year.