20 Euros for a bottle of water at Vienna Opera ball

That’s what people were being charged on the street around last night’s extravaganza, we hear.


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  • Boxes cost up to € 23,600, so that sounds like a bargain.

    And apparently, this was the first year that same-sex couples were allowed to participate.

  • So you’re saying that people going into the ball were buying bottled water from street vendors. Surely someone must have a photo of one or two be-blinged ball goers carrying plastic Evian bottles. Oh wait a minute they were hawking to gawkers? Very cleave bit of click bait NL, very cleaver.

  • Serves them right for adding to the single-use-plastic problem. Next time, bring your own bottle or flask (I am assuming that tap-water in Austria is potable).

  • As this is the price outside the house, i.e., from street vendors, I really can’t see a scintalla of point to this. In 1973, I emerged from Westminster Abbey with an Italian professor of architecture. A very hot day, a distinguished and sweltering guest, I bought two ice cream cones from a street vendor. Five quid each. And so, 47 years later, and allowing for exchange rate and inflation, I should not be one whit surprised if those cones are circa twenty quid now.

  • It may surprise commentators here, but no guests are forced to attend the event.
    If you wish – and can afford it – then enjoy!

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