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Far From Flanders Fields

Far From Flanders Fields

On 28 June 1914, the shots were fired that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, triggering a war in which over 16 million people died. As winter comes to Vienna, we approach the centennial of a war that shaped today’s western world, and defined the modern Austrian Republic. Over the next four years, […]

The Real Game of Thrones

The Real Game of Thrones

In the TV series Game of Thrones, across a continent with more than passing resemblance to Europe, families battle to attain the Iron Throne. Drama, scheming, and no shortage of blood gushes in with each episode. The show’s popularity may be due to its violence, dragons, and a generous dose of nudity – but it […]

The Call of The Hunt

“I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it will not happen again,” were the eleven words the Spanish king Juan Carlos managed to emit by way of an apology. The monarch had come under fire in April for going on a €10,000 a day hunting trip to Botswana, allegedly sponsored by a Syrian […]

Rudolf’s Schloss

What better way to close the summer than spending an afternoon relaxing where royals once trod? The end of August features a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Crown Prince Rudolf’s birth and an exhibition honoring his life at the palace grounds in Laxenburg, just 16 miles south of Vienna’s city center. The spacious grounds […]

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