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A Sentimental Journey to Vienna

Free Events; Talks/Lectures

Event Description

Paul celebrates his first formal dance (to Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz on Weymouth pier with his mum) by cycling the Danube from its source to Vienna. Crossing France he visits the Verdun battlefields, crosses the bridge where Louis XV1 and Marie Antoinette met their doom, and learns about the designer of America’s greatest icon. Along the Danube, he visits Einstein’s birthplace, the scene of Mozart’s first concert, the German Parthenon, and a Nazi concentration camp. In Vienna, he seeks out Johan Strauss, dives into the Blue Danube, and gets to dance above it, though sadly the salsa, not the waltz.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Paul Gillingham

Meet the Host, Paul

Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a TV and radio journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google) and later produced travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.

Preparing for the Event

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