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Europe » Austria » Vienna July 23rd 2019

After finally getting to sleep following a full day of travel, it was up and out early to begin our tour of Vienna. We were on the bus by 7:40 am and at Schonbrunn Palace by 8 am. Great timing by our tour director had us entering the palace in the cool of the morning, making us the first group walking through. No crowds and no heat. After our tour guide gave us a thorough history of Maria Theresa who lived in the palace bearing 16 children while ruling Austria, we had a brief time to visit the gardens behind the palace. After leaving the Schonbrunn, we drove through Vienna passing many local landmarks and seeing how the residents live. Most residents live in apartment buildings some of which are ornate. We also passed government buildings, ... read more
Along the street 2
Along the street 3
Decorative Apartment Buildings

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 22nd 2019

We left Charlotte on Sunday July 21st to journey to Vienna, Austria to start a 10 day tour of Austria and Switzerland. The three flights to arrive at our final destination were relatively smooth and each flight arrived early. Leaving Charlotte at 3 p.m. we landed in Vienna at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, July 22. We are traveling with Globus Tours and expected to wait until 3:30 for our pick-up, but to our delight our tour director was at the airport and we were soon on our way to our hotel. After checking into our hotel we grabbed our cameras and headed out to the Botanical Gardens and the Belvedere built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The grounds are decorated with many Baroque statues, gardens, fountains and waterfalls. After exploring the area, ... read more
Our view of England
Botanical Garden Sign
Cactus Garden

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 31st 2018

Our last day in Italy was full in Venice. We started our on our boat ride to Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Here we watch a glassblower complete a vase and horse in a matter or minutes. Skilled hands completing the work flawlessly. After viewing many of the beautiful works of art made here, we, of course, had to make a purchase of our own. We then boarded our boat back to the city to visit St. Mark's Square. We started with a tour of the Doge's Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler. The palace is filled with works of art and links to the Bridge of Sighs where prisoners were taken on their way to jail. From there we toured the Golden Basilica of St. Mark, built over ... read more
Along the canal
Along the canal
Church along the canal

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 30th 2018

This morning we said goodbye to Florence and again traveled north and west on our way to our final destination of Venice. Traveling through Tuscany with its fig and olive trees we stopped at Piazza dei Miracoli to spend a little time enjoy the sight of the famous Leaning Tower, one of the most recognized building the world over. From there we headed to a Tuscan country farm for lunch and wine tasting. Filled with wine and food we now continued the rest of the way to the coast and the city of Venice. After getting settled in our luxurious hotel, we joined our tour guide for an impromptu walk to the Rialto Bridge. Unfortunately in a city criss-crossed with canals there is no easy way to get across the city. The walk was fast and ... read more
Church at Pisa
The Tower
Fountain in Pisa

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 29th 2018

As we started our tour for the day, our first stop was the Galleria dell'Accademia which houses Michelangelo's David as well as other of this works. After having time to enjoy that art housed in the gallery we continued our walk through Florence passing the home of the Medici's. The Medici Family ruled Florence during the 15th century and were very wealthy as wool merchants and bankers. After passing their home we preceded to the Duomo, the first domed structure erected in Europe since Roman times. It was built between 1296 and 1436. The Baptistery, built in the 11th century is known for its three sets of bronze doors with Old Testament scenes. The bell tower was built between 1334 and 1359. We were finally taken to a leather shop with just about anything made out ... read more
Painting in the Gallery
Painting in the Gallery

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 28th 2018

This morning we said "Goodbye" to Rome, climbed on our bus and headed north toward and then Florence. Assisi, the home of St. Francis, was our first stop. We walked through the town which was perched on a hill with steps heading up and down from the main road. It is the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208. Assisi is the home of many churches including The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi and Basilica of Santa Chiara. After a thorough tour of St. Francis Basilica we were on our own for lunch and ate at a small lunch truck off the main area. Following lunch we returned to our bus and traveled to Florence. We arrived in Florence late in the afternoon and with no activity planned ... read more
Olive grove
Italian countryside
Coming into Assisi

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 27th 2018

Today was our visit to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Taking the bus from the hotel we arrived at the Vatican and joined the line of visitors waiting to enter. After getting into the Vatican we explored the grounds outside the museum until our time to enter the museum. The museum is lined with a large variety of artifacts and antiquity. Also lined with people. The collection includes statues, vases, wall hangings and paintings. Once through the museum, we entered the Sistine Chapel. Photos are not permitted due to the delicate nature of the frescoes and painting on the walls and ceiling. Leaving the chapel we entered St. Peter's Basilica. Stopping to rub St. Peter's foot smoothed by many fingers rubbing it. After leaving the Vatican we made our way to ... read more
St. Peter's Dome
Rotating Globe

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 26th 2018

Up early for a delicious buffet breakfast with both European and American fare available, we were ready for a full day ancient Rome. Our tour guide led use through the streets of Ancient Rome taking us first to the Trajan Forum and Markets. From there we walked to the Roman Forum wondering the streets and looking at the ruins of the buildings that were once the Heart of the Roman Empire. The forum contained the most important political, religious and municipal buildings. Among these are the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the House of the Vestal Virgins. Moving on from the forum we entered the Colosseum, a functional stadium that featured entertainment by animals, slaves and gladiators. During the Middle Ages the stone was used for building, thus the missing ... read more
Italian homes
Trajan Forum

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 25th 2018

After an overnight flight from the United States, starting in Charlotte, NC, changing planes in Atlanta, we arrived in Rome for the start of our Roman adventure. Moving through customs and collecting our luggage, went to find our transportation to the hotel. As we waited we met several others in our tour group. After traveling to our hotel, we checked, stored our luggage to await our room, and set out to explore Rome. Our goal was to find the Colosseum which did not appear to be very far from the hotel. Heading in that direction we first came upon Santa Maria Maggiore where mass has been said daily since the fifth century. After exploring the church we asked directions to the Colosseum and started in that direction. After walking for a considerable time we realized that ... read more
Sunrise from the plane
Coming into the airport
Roman brick road

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