The morning after we returned from Provence Anna Grace and I headed to the airport to collect one of her friends coming over from the U.S. to share 13th birthday celebrations. Barely recovered from jet lag, the next morning the three of us went to Prague; specifically, to the AquaPalace, Central Europe’s largest indoor water park. The girls spent a day-and-a-half twisting and turning through slides and chutes, pronouncing it “awesome fun!” 
America. The XL Hamburger with Bacon.
The slower summer pace has also given me an opportunity to tidy up the photo library…this is the worst “tourist” activity we have experienced in Vienna, the Vienna Ring Tram. Thirty or so minutes puttering around the Ringstraße last month, having to make do with pictures of the buildings that could not be seen because tour buses blocked the view. And, with factually incorrect information! Live and learn.

The Turkish Prime Minister came to Vienna to rally ex-pat Turks. This didn’t sit well with many people, but at least the demonstrations were largely peaceful. 
An afternoon at Prater.
An evening at the Japanese Embassy. Beautiful garden, beautiful kimonos.

Beautiful food.

Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. Lots of red, white, and blue.

Ambassadors McManus (UNVIE), Wesner (Austria), and Baer (OSCE) and the presentation of the colors.