April 28, 2011

B is for Busker

Stephansplatz (St Stephen's Square) is called the heart and soul of Vienna. The cathedral is the key historical landmark, and an imposing one it is. 

Yet for me it's the various street entertainers there who put the smile on my face. I  admire the courage of these buskers in displaying their talents to earn a living only from the generosity of appreciative audiences.



 

Vienna, 2011

B is the letter of the week at Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday and I link to the players with these buskers.

23 comments:

from my wicked ways to turning a phrase said...

Thats why art will never truly die. I believe we need to keep art in schools completely but true artist will ALWAYS find a way to keep their craft alive

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a great glimpse at a place I've never been and probably will never get to!

love the street entertainers...

H said...

I love to see busking, as long as it is well done! Back in the early 90's, there was a group of buskers who used to perform in Manchester city centre (UK). They improvised and jammed with percussion instruments, 'real' and home-made. The rhythms were incredible!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a great choice for the letter B, Francisca. We saw a lot of buskers when we were in Europe.
Wonderful photos, as always.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Judie said...

Everyone knows how I feel about the inclusion of art in education. It makes learning a lot more fun, and a whole lot easier.

☆☆Mumsy said...

They look like fun to see, and your photos are just wonderful.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I loved hearing them in Dublin! What wonderful pictures!

Dina said...

Cathedral and clowns seems a strange juxtaposition. But I guess the buskers add life to the place.

biebkriebels said...

Every big city has his "street entertainment" nowadays. I was there in the eighties and found it a formal, old fashioned city. My little children were sent of the gras in a parc by a man with a whistle! In Amsterdam everybody was lying on it.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour chère Francisca!
BEAUTIFUL city and your pictures are awesome!So nice to see people happy enjoying the day and this enchanting place!
Hugs
Léia

Jenny said...

Thank you for this beautiful trip! What a charming and complex city. I love the simple beauty surrounded by the magnificent buildings.

Really wonderful.

Thanks for this enchanting trip and thank you for linking.

A+

VP said...

A familiar place and a beautiful church!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

We don't have as many of these folks as found in Europe...but you are right - they've got to be thick-skinned and have lots of courage to stand out in the crowd and "play" for money. What a way to make a living!

Nice cathedral shot. Of course, I now have a crick in my neck! ;-)

Terra said...

Denver has a Busker Fest....I have been once it is fun! I need to get the girls down to it!

Halcyon said...

I have never been to Vienna. Think I need to go and see these buskers myself!

jabblog said...

Buskers are so entertaining and always make me smile.

EG Wow said...

Busking is a hard life, that's for sure. Did you know that the guy who founded Cirque du Soleil started out as a busker?

cieldequimper said...

When I was a kid there was a marvellous toy shop right next to Stephansdom. When I was last in Vienna in 2006, it had disappeared (but hey, that was 40 years ago!)

Kaori said...

I like watching street performers, too. That's quite a crowd gathered in the last photo! Fun photos ;D

Evelyn said...

I like seeings street performers. They add so much to the atmosphere.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos! I could have done without the clowns (they scare me).

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love street entertainers. When we visit a city that has them, Bill is usually ahead of me by a couple of blocks while I stand mesmerized. He knows where to find me though!

JM said...

Very cool shots!