Second day home from my Danube Cruise....but I’m holding onto the memories by reliving some of the visual and musical highlights in my head. Here to help is Andre Rieu and his Orchestra with Johann Strauss II’s The Beautiful Blue Danube....live from the Schonbrun Palace in Vienna. This was the favourite home to Empress Elisabeth known to her subjects affectionately as “Sisi”. She was the beautiful wife of Franz Joseph the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. The splendour of the Viennese palaces lives on today, even though Austria is a democratic republic in the EU now....no more royalty, but a wonderful legacy of elegance in their architecture and culture.