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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"V" Is For Vienna, Austria

Right before my senior year in college, I spent a summer working on building a kindergarten for a church in Linz, Austria. During that summer we took a side trip to the city of Vienna (Wien). As soon as I saw the ornate building facades, the church spires, and the art I felt at home. The streets seemed familiar to me as well. This was my first experience with deja vu.

Years later, when I returned to Vienna, I had a similar sense of great familiarity with the old city that I was visiting with two of my daughters. While one of them flew an airplane between Vienna and Istanbul, Turkey and the other recovered from a cold, I explored the streets alone. Although I was by myself, I felt comfortable and secure. From that experience, my interest in reincarnation grew, and I eventually used that interest as I developed the plot of Hearts Across Forever.

For me, "V" must be for Vienna, Austria. Perhaps the spark of the wanderlust for the Passenger to Paradise was born there.

What do you think about deja vu? Ever had any experiences with it?


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. I've never been .. went skiing in Austria years ago .. but didn't see much other than snow .. and lots of entertainment!!

I'd love to visit .. there must be so much history there .. beautiful city and surrounding countryside ..

V - great V .. cheers Hilary

Monti said...

Thanks, Hilary, for stopping by and commenting!

Wanda said...

I have had a couple deja vu moments.

Chuck said...

Monti, I want to thank you for stopping by by blog for the A-Z challenge. You became my 99th follower and I am returning the exact same favor by becoming your 99th. How often does that happen!

I have enjoyed the posts of yours I have read...I shall return for more.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've had some intense moments of deja vu, where everything is familiar, but I can't think of an exact example right now. It's such a strange sensation! I'd love to visit Vienna some day.

Good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I adore VIenna. ONE of THE MOST gorgeous cities in Europe. I know exactly how you feel about deja vu. I had it all over Europe. I spent many months throughout Europe in the Eighties and nineties. Six months there six in the states.

Oh how a would love to hear a Strauss concert in Stadtpark!

Monti said...

Thanks, Wanda, Chuck, Shannon, and Michael for your comments! Deja vu fascinates me.

I'm thrilled to have hit 100 in followers. Thank you!