Center Stage: European Tour Center Stage Update Day 2
Our first stop this morning was the Schloß Schönbrunn, the Hapsburg family's Summer Palace.
We went on a self guided tour through the palace, using hand held audio guides.
The palace was beautifully decorated in the Rococo style with gilded walls and gold chandeliers and accents. Shown here is the Grand Gallery where many social gatherings and celebrations were held.
Shown here is the Großes Parterre (Grand Parterre, foreground), the Neptunbrunnen (fountain of Neptune, midground), and the Gloriette (backgound) at the back of the palace.
The ground was sprinkled with sculptures and fountains such as the Neptunbrunnen shown here.
Some members of PMO were having a lot of fun today! Jumping from left to right are Mark Spence (PVGC), Seun Onabanjo (PVGC), Andrew Kasha (Purduettes), Max Showalter (PVGC), and Matthew Lancaster (PVGC).
We could see a beautiful view of the palace and Vienna in the background from the hill leading to the Gloriette. Shown here is Annette Lamb, Director of Development for Student Affairs, who has been doing a wonderful job of taking pictures of all of us during this trip!
After Schönbrunn, we were taken to St. Stephen's Cathedral, where the Purduettes were going to sing for the midday Mass.
The inside of the cathedral was breathtaking with many stained glass windows, huge pillars, and impressive sculptures and carvings.
We are ready to sing! The Purduettes stand in formation waiting for Mass to start.
After Mass, the Purduettes sang a variety of songs, including “He is Beautiful to Me.”
Here the Holy Cowgirls (left to right: Alyssa Wick, Audrey Bengert, Brandi Fishburn, and Brittany Cruz) sing “Somebody Bigger than You and I.”
A sumptuous meal was laid out for us at a farm in Eisenstadt, including suckling pigs that they killed and prepared specially for us!
The guests ate after the students at the same farm. Here many of them are enjoying some wine from the farm's vineyard as they wait for the food to be served.
After dinner, we performed at the Kulturzentrum in Neufeld. The Purduettes took the stage first to the delight of the crowd.
The Bells played after the Purduettes performing crowd pleasers such as “Funiculi, Funicula” and “Farandole.”
The Glee Club took the stage next, singing songs including “Ave Maria” and “The Blue Danube Waltz.”
Finally, the groups came together to close the concert with “I Stand Here Now,” “Share the Journey,” and “Hail Purdue.”
Here is what some of us had to say about today and the trip:
“Today was a delightful day of sightseeing in Vienna. The highlight of my day was singing in St. Stephen's Cathedral downtown. The beautiful glass windows and detailed architecture took my breath away. Our singing sounded amazing as it echoed through the walls.”
~ Audrey Walts, Purduettes
“Today we got to see such a variety of different places. From an expansive palace, to the crowded heart of Vienna, to a winery in a quaint rural neighborhood, Austria [is proving] to be a diverse and exciting country!”
~ Chris Soverns, PVGC
“I absolutely love all the new experiences on this trip, both in sightseeing and in our performances. Though I've been to Europe before, this is altogether a unique, fun, and altogether awesome trip so far.
~ Kayla Edelbrock, Purdue Bells