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Published: April 7th 2008
Day 10 Sunday 30 September 2007
Straus me up!
Wake up: 7am
Bags and depart 8:40am
We arrived at Parliament house at 9am with Dora. It was all very serious. I took a photo of everyone coming in the entrance and was immediately approached by a suit and told to “Clear it” the men in suits followed us everywhere. The ground staircase was impressive. We climbed up and entered the dome where the crown was kept. Each room was decorative and amazing. When we left we were given a card with the number visitor we were for this year. Lucky we were early. There was a big queue up waiting.
We left for Vienna at around 10:30am. We stopped at the Hungarian border. The officer stamped us out. The Austrians just waved us through the border. We stopped at a Shell and watched the guards in the towers and their bunkers.
As we approached Vienna, Gary gave us some history about the Hapsburg family. This was totally fascinating. Remembering it all was hard.
The drive into Vienna city was awesome. Every corner was an impressive structure. We were looking to the left and right fast.
A VERY elegant and beautiful city.
Our hotel room is gorgeous. Very spacious and looking out over the main road.
Rob washed clothes and relaxed and I went for a walk on my own, armed with a city map. It felt good to be out walking after all the heavy food in Hungary. I enjoyed the time on my own strolling around the streets.
I was a bit stressed when I got back. Everyone was wearing something very flash and I had nothing special to wear to the concert!
I made do with what I had. We bused to the Kursalow for dinner and the concert. We strolled through the park first and took photos of the Straus monument.
Our table was lovely. The entrée was salmon, soup was potato, meal was Perch and dessert tiramisu. All very average.
The company was great and we had an enjoyable dinner together.
We had priority seating for the concert and were able to walk in last minute. I was surprised that the concert hall is very small. The members of the orchestra were very down to earth and seemed to be having a great time together. They were very passionate. They
had dancers and singers as well. At intermission we had Austrian sect. I didn’t enjoy it much.
The highlight for me was when they played the Blue Danube. That was magnificent.
We were all very tired when we got back at 10:30pm.
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