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Europe » Austria » Vienna June 5th 2012

Today is our last day in Vienna and we started the day off with a tour around the Hofburg Palace. Hofburg Palace was made all the way back in the year of 1438 to 1583 and from 1612 to 1806. My friend Laura who could translate German to English explained to me what the tour guide was saying. She told me: The Hofburg in Vienna used to be the seats for the kings and emperors until 1918. Now, the building is still in use and is owned by the current president. The oldest section of the palace originates from the 13th century and was constructed by the last of the Babenbergers or by Ottakar II of Bohemia. Previously the castle of the Austrian rulers had been located on the square called "Am Hof," which is near ... read more
Hofburg Church
Inside Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Courtyard

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 4th 2012

When I woke up, my legs were half dead and my head hurt so much I could have slept for a month. At we were guided to the dining room for breakfast. I was walking around the ship when I found a massive on-board library, so for the next hour I was sitting in the library reading a book called "Sharing Sam" . We spent the day having free time on the ship. I met 2 new people, all from different parts of the world. Luckily, all of us could speak perfect English so I didn't have to struggle explaining everything. Abbie, the first person I met was from Malaysia and had already been to Europe so I would probably just follow her everywhere I go because she knows how things work in Europe. The second ... read more
lunch:)

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna June 4th 2012

Greetings everyone! We decided to spend an extra day in Vienna so I write to you aboard an overnight train from Vienna to Switzerland. To be honest, I really didn’t know a whole lot about the city of Vienna before coming, except the fact that every single person I knew who had been there absolutely loved it. My immediate impression of Vienna is the opulent ambiance of the city. Compared to Berlin and Prague, there was this grand nature to the city, which made it both exhilarating and intimidating. Vienna was by far the most expensive city we had been to yet, and this was exemplified by our very first meal in the city. We had reached Vienna around 9 PM and by the time we had reached the hostel and settled, it was close to ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 3rd 2012

Today we were told we had to choose 1of 3 choices of: Thermal Baths and Spa Exploring the limestone castles at Labyrinth Castle Classical musi... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna May 31st 2012

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Park up your Vespa and ponce round preening your hair, sipping cappuccinos and eyeing-up the laydees... Luckily we weren’t in Rome, as I’m not sure Debbie would approve of such behaviour. No, we were in Vienna. And Vienna, it has to be said, is better known for more cultural pursuits: strolling the baroque avenues, admiring the artwork of Kuntz, pondering the frailties of the mind at the Freud museum, or taking in a classical recital of Beethoven, Brahms, or most famously of all, Mozart. So all-in-all it's a veritable destination-magnet for anyone who fancies pretending they’re a bit posh. Something of a stretch for me, I have to admit, as over the years I've been much more adept at pretending to be a scruffy penniless pauper (and, if ... read more
St Peter's Church Dome
St Stephen's Cathedral Entrance
Flower in Volksgarten

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Europe » Austria » Vienna May 21st 2012

That was the top speed of the train from Vienna to Salzburg which only made 2 stops over the course of the 2:45 trip. Train travel in Austria was really schwank and inexpensive if booked in advance on the internet. I did not spend enough time in Vienna as I was locked into the travel dates on the train as the major downside of getting the great deals online is that the tickets are non-refundable and the date/time cannot be changed. Accomodation and Food I booked 3 nights at Ruthensteiner Hostel on their website for 16€/night (plus 1.50€ reservation fee) in what was supposed to be an 8 or 10 person dorm but I was upgraded to a 4 person room that I shared with only one other person. The hostel was super clean, quiet, well ... read more
Schönbrunn
Schönbrunn
Schönbrunn

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna May 20th 2012

It was an early start Saturday morning to get out to heathrow for our flight to Vienna, but a quick journey with quiet roads and no security queues. Although we didn't know at the time, there was a large Aids charity ball on called Life Ball, and on our flight were the Scissor Sisters. They were travelling very light on the entourage front. An exciting brush with celebrity. It was a beautiful weekend in Vienna, bright blue skies and nice and warm. We caught the airport train directly into the heart of the old city and after a short stroll arrived at the central square and church, Stephansdom. After a stroll down the main shopping street we came to the Opera House the meeting point for our afternoon bike ride. We had some time to kill ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna May 15th 2012

We began our tour of Vienna through the local markets, Naschmarkt, the food stalls were amazing! So many colours and smells (some delightful, some not so good as this was the only place in town which was a little unkept and dirty). It is definately a place I will be returning to investigate more thorougly! A quick walk through to the centre of town we stopped at the Opera house with some impressive horses on top and also a circus tent on the top of the building which engages the very young Austrians in music and opera at their own level in the hope they will have a love of music going into adulthood. Honestly the Austrians pulled my heartstrings on this one, as you all know I am passionate about engaging children in music.! The ... read more
Dinner with my girls, Noel's and Becky

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna May 12th 2012

The last three days have been remarkable, but such a whirlwind that I have gotten behind In posting to my blog. I will attempt to catch up! One of the most remarkable opportunities thus far was the scheduled informal performance at Esterhazy Palace. We had secured permission to perform a short set of pieces at this hall, one that is considered by many to have nearly perfect acoustics, and, of course, was home to Haydn while he was under the patronage of the Esterhszy family. Pleasantly, this performance developed into a full conceret performance, since we were invited to continue singing on for a significantly sized audience as a result of several large buses of visitors arriving at the hall. We were thrilled to be asked to continue with our program so that the visitors could ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna May 10th 2012

(more pictures will be added to this) I am not sure I like waking at 3am each morning, but it does give one time to blog! Today was incredibly memorable on many levels, starting with our Vienna tour. We began with a walking tour that included the Imperial Palace, Stephansdom, the Mozart House, and variious sites in the central downtown district of Vienna. This also included some free time to explore the sites and to enjoy lunch at a cafe, which was located next to the monument to commemorate the end of the black plague. We then hustled back to our hotel, which was within a few blocks of the central distinct, and headed to the Klosterneuberg Monastary and Stiftkirche. The dark, heavy gothic Stephan's Cathedral and the gold gilded Baroque interior of the the Klosterneuberg ... read more
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