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A few years ago Mrs. Sommovilla, Mrs. Graber, and Mrs. Elefant all read a novel entitled Household Gods

Dec 23, 2015

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  • A few years ago Mrs. Sommovilla, Mrs. Graber, and Mrs. Elefant all read a novel entitled Household Gods..
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  • It was about a frustrated American woman whose ex-husband was slow in paying child support, who had trouble in finding good childcare, and who felt she was being discriminated against in her law firm because she was a woman! Aarrgghh!
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  • The woman wished she could live in a simpler, happier time and woke up the next morning in another womans body in the 2 nd century AD in some town in the Roman Empire called Carnuntum ! Not a smart wish to make, but it sure made for an interesting book!
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  • Mrs. Sommovilla was surprised to find out later on the Internet that Carnuntum had been a town lying right outside of Vienna, the capital of Austria! Vienna & Carnuntum
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  • Next Mrs. Sommovilla magically received a Vienna Guidebook in the mail from a lovely couple who invited her to stay in their apartment in Vienna (thats Wien in German)!
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  • Could a German-Latin teacher resist? (Her hosts even offered to drive her to Carnuntum!) So she recruited a friend to go along and thus began
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  • A Fantastic Week in Vienna!! Eine Fantastische Wienerwoche!!!
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  • It started in the London airport-- Smoking is bad for you!!!!!!
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  • Smoking kills! Smokers die younger!
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  • Right away we dashed off to Carnuntum Once part of a Roman colony, its now the largest Roman archaeological site in Austria!
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  • We climbed a lookout tower- -
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  • and saw this:
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  • Seems some people living there had Underground Heating and Plumbing thanks to the romans!
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  • Sweat Baths too- A hypocaust model
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  • Dig it? The Emperor Marcus Aurelius once slept here well maybe not down there exactly!
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  • Nice hotel- but HE DIDNT SLEEP here either!
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  • NOR HERE - CARNUNTUM Gravestones inscribed in Latin
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  • Mosaic Tile Designs! Orpheus charms the animals with his lyre and charms us too!
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  • Mean Machines!
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  • Would you like a taste of Roman cooking?
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  • Well, theres a Summer camp in Carnuntum!
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  • -right outside of Vienna--
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  • for young students of Latin from all around the world!
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  • Childrens games the ancient Romans played!
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  • Roman-style hopscotch!
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  • Ludus latrunculorum the game of little bandits! Roman Style Checkers
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  • Ludus molaris rotae a millwheel Game! Mrs. Sommovlla brought samples home!
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  • School days exhibit in Carnuntum!
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  • Abacus and School Supplies
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  • Roman Duds Tunic and Toga For men Stola and Palla For women
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  • Gladiatoral combat was displayed inside a museum at Carnuntum!
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  • we stood where gladiators once entered--
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  • And watched fighting in an amphitheater!
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  • Rome used CARNUNTUM AS A BARRIER AGAINST the barbarians! It was an important outpost on the border between the Romans and the Germanic Tribes!
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  • Das Heidentor The Heathen Gate! The mysterious arch that may commemorate Romes victory against Germanic tribes along its border!
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  • One last tourist souvenir- A two cent Euro coin is transformed into a Roman coin the old-fashioned way!
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  • CARNUNTUM: a Doorway to the past
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  • Vale und Auf Wiedersehen, bye-bye, Carnuntum!
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  • On to the Wiener Stadtzentrum Center City Vienna Right near our apartment! Delicious ice cream parlors nearby! Lots to see and do!
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  • How to get around? City Bike Bikes for rent-first hour free!
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  • If you want to drive, your car needs a license plate: On the left under the European Union flags symbol (a circle of 12 stars) is the initial representing the country (A for Austria) to the right is the first initial of the city (W for Wien)
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  • Smart Cars everywhere! Tiny and cute car: Europe has less space than America! You can custom design the parts! Theyre coming to America soon!
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  • Drivers License and training costs more than $1000! Learn to drive in a Ferrari!
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  • ..or ride in a Fiaker!
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  • Many people (and dogs too) prefer to ride the Strassen- Bahn
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  • .. or walk!
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  • Beautiful Buildings!
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  • Beautiful Churches! St. Stephens Cathedral with its famous tiled roof
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  • The center- piece of downtown Wien
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  • Inside St. Stephens Plenty of Latin!
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  • We climbed the steeple!
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  • A beautiful Orthodox Church on a backstreet near the Post Office!
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  • Jugendstil Church in the Central Cemetery
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  • Latin again: Ego sum resurrection et vita= I am the resurrection and the life
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  • A beautiful starry dome
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  • Beautiful Flavors too! All this walking makes me want some mint chocolate chip ice cream! Who left the pants out?
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  • Time for Lunching on Austrian Delicacies: Wiener Schnitzel.. (Viennese Cutlet)
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  • ..and Kaiserschmarren pancake bits sprinkled with powdered sugar and raisins
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  • Alles in Wien schmeckt! Everything in Vienna tastes good! Now we are ready for more..
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  • ..Beautiful Parks!
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  • ..Beautiful statues- often of Wiens many famous resident composers like Beethoven
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  • ..and Mozart! and Lehar!
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  • ..even the Italian Vivaldi..
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  • ..and of course, the Wiener Waltz King, Strauss!
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  • Wien is crazy for music!
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  • Every night a musical film is shown for free on a big screen in front of the Rathaus City Hall!
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  • Even the Teddy Bears are musicians! A Steiff Bear with the Knopf im Ohr (Button in the Ear) As Viennese composer Schubert
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  • Crrrrazy Buildings too! Housing Project designed by the artist Hundert- wasser!!
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  • Hundertwasserhaus!
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  • Trees coming out of windows!
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  • Natures curves!
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  • People actually live inside..
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  • and walk on uneven floors like this! Someone needs a rest before the next Hundertwasser stop
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  • The Hundertwasser Trash Burning Plant Provides fuel from burning trash
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  • Looks like the artist left his cap on the roof!
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  • More odd Buildings the Gasometer Four Apartment buildings and a shopping mall complex built from old fuel tanks
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  • Gasometer The old fuel gauges are still on the sides of the buildings
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  • Gasometer When more apartments were needed, a Rucksack, or knapsack, was added on the side
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  • Lots of English at the Gasometer!
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  • ..and in the rest of Austria (and Germany) too!
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  • Speaking of English, we wonder whats going on in the rest of the world? Digital News in the Streetcar hmmm, looks like good news!
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  • The Olympics are coming, the Olympics are coming! (Later back home in August I watched Austrias Markus Rogan win the silver in the 100 meter backstoke!)
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  • Back on the street.. (Is this where Freddy Kruger was born?)..we sampled many Viennese specialties like..
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  • Viennese Coffee with Schlag- Whipped Cream Malaga-Eis Rum raisin! Fiocca-Eis: Ice Cream that tastes like Whipped Cream! Chocolates with Apricot Filling Apfel strudel And we also saw Viennese curiosities like.. Sissi-Taler:
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