ISSUE 15, October 2005
Editorial
Historic: Nelson and Freemasonry
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's Speech
Grand Lodge: Quarterly Communication
Hurricane Katrina: Grand Charity Relief Chest
Royal Arch: John Knight
Masonic Embroidery: A stitch in time...
Travel: Walzing along the Danube
Specialist Lodges: Martial arts
Library & Museum: The two Freemasons' Halls
    Anniversary: Jersey's Liberation
Anniversary: Dorset's 225 years
Obituaries: Lord Swansea OSM
Pro Grand Master: Whither directing our course?
Charmian Hussey: A Mason's wife on Masonry
International: The Grand Lodge of Israel
Education: Sheffield's big plans
Education: Forthcoming events
Education: The Second Degree
Masonic Charities
Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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Many of the buildings were damaged during the war, but have been rebuilt with their original architecture. Even now, buildings within the old city are only allowed to be built to a certain height.
     The Imperial Winter Palace, the Hofburg, is the focal point, and includes the treasury which houses the Crown Jewels. The complex is quite open and traffic is allowed through it.
     If there are four of you, it is worth splashing out on a 20-minute ride in an open horsedrawn carriage which costs around £26.
     This is also the area for discovering new talent as there were several young people of an incredibly high standard singing opera or playing musical instruments. Near, too, were several museums clustered together. Waiting for our group outside the Leopold Museum, I enjoyed a drink at one of the city’s many open-air cafés. Unfortunately, there was only limited time for our visit to the Leopold Museum which houses an extensive private collection of paintings, of which we were only able to see a very small part. Many of the streets, particularly the shopping area around the palace are pedestrianised, and this is the place for a bit of retail therapy. Vienna is a sophisticated town with all the top designer names as well as many well-known chain stores.
     Known as the city of music, one of the highlights of the trip for me was the musical evening staged at the 16th century Auersperg Palace. Here, we were entertained to an evening of Mozart and Strauss with several ‘pas de deux’ and operatic sequences thrown in to round up the evening.

Above:
The Hungarian parliament building in Budapest, a city bisected by the Danube


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