Date: Saturday, July 26, 1958
Place: Vienna, Austria (Wien)
Went through the Vienna Opera House and then stampeded to the Cashmere Shops. Went simply WILD. Got Jane’s blue cashmere ($12.50) and three novelty ones for me (pink – $16.40, aqua – $16.50, wheat – $15.48), just half of what you would pay in the States! Good luck on having only $80.00 left.
Met Sal at the Opera – Marge went along and went out with Raf. They are both med-students and Sal’s father is a doctor. Walked around town with them until we had to go back to the hotel for lunch at 1:30 but we are meeting them in Salsburg Tuesday morning at 11:00! (Got my charm – a ferris wheel – $7.74, and spoon – $1.55.)
Right after lunch we had a tour of the city with some of the Austrian fellas. I was with this Herb most of the time. He is real cute, and Sue took a picture of him and me. We really walked our feet off – even have a blister on my toe – going to another castle and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Got the bright idea before eating to call Mom and Dad and make sure they sent the money. It took ages to get them and the connection was horrible. On top of that I reversed the charges! Poor Dad. He’s sending me $200.00 more at Venice. I missed going to the concert, and Herb came in and wanted me to come after I finished eating and go dancing. He sure was a sweetie!
Packed suit-cases again and wrote a letter home. I actually think I might get to bed around 12:00 tonight for a change. Cheers!!
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) was first constructed in 1147 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. During World War II, the cathedral was spared when Captain Gerhard Klinkicht ignored orders to destroy it. Unfortunately, damage was not avoidable – in 1945, looters set fires that spread by wind to the cathedral and caused a roof collapse. The church as it stands today is a restored and expanded version of the original, with restructuring efforts led by Duke Rudolf IV of Habsburg in 1359.
Something unusual can be seen to the left of the main entrance of the cathedral – two metal bars. The lengths of these brass ells were considered the approved measurements for linen (35.3 inches) and drapery (30.6 inches) to be used by Viennese traders.
A faint, round indentation in the cathedral’s wall can be found near the ells – this is said to be the standard measure for a loaf of bread. Story has it that if a baker were found to be cheating a customer via an undersized loaf, then he would be dunked in the Danube as punishment.