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Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna December 1st 2016

Geo: 48.2179, 16.3829This morning, after a bit of a lie in, we headed off into the city centre. Luckily it's not too far of a walk so off we trotted. Our first port of call was the Stradpark - this was a pretty little park with a pond. We walk through this park and continued the walk on the ring road, until we reached the Karlsplatz. Which housed the first little Christmas market, but we arrived too early and it was still closed. However, there was a beautiful church which was so beautiful and well crafted. Continuing on we passed an opera house which once again was a beautiful grand building. There we arrived at Theresien-platz which in between two gorgeous buildings was the next little Christmas market, this one was open so we browsed the ... read more
Beautiful church

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna March 17th 2016

Geo: 48.22, 16.37No sooner had I written "some things never change" that I remembered that upon our arrival in Vienna, it immediately struck us that we didn't recognize the airport. I flew out of there so often during our tour, I was especially shocked at how different it all looked. Turns out a new terminal was added, along with a new underground train station, linking the airport to the city. Well, suffice it to say, AFTER we left the airport, nothing ELSE had changed in Vienna since we left in 2003.We elected to stay at the hotel located immediately adjacent to the airport, as it would make things easier for our departure the following morning. We retrieved our bags and walked the short distance across the street to the hotel. It was only 9:00am or so ... read more
The park where K and A spent so many hours...
Schoenbrunn Palace
Gardens at Belvedere Palace

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna November 20th 2015

Geo: 48.22, 16.37This is not really something you want to see when you land. Don't worry it wasn't our plane. Off to Paris shortly.... read more
Fire brigade 2

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna November 15th 2015

Geo: 48.22, 16.37ok so we party a bit hard last night and so a well deserved sleep in is on the cards and then it's out back into central Vienna. It's a fine drizzle but not umbrella worthy. Shops do not open here on Sunday's so we opt for an Italian restaurant which turns out to be great food and perfect for people watching. We find a stereotypical Aussie bar, have a quick beer then head back to hotel.Tomorrow we get the train to Salzburg and hopefully will find a launderette as clothes are becoming hard to find in the cases then we can do the sound of music tour smelling clean and fresh.Vienna has just been wonderful. The food, the people, the clean streets and the overall friendliness. Thank you xx... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna November 14th 2015

Geo: 48.22, 16.37Awake this morning to hear of the terror attacks in Paris where we were just days ago. Just awful. What the fuck is wrong with these people?Received several messages in regard to us being out of France and safe in Vienna however we are flying out of Paris and had planned to do the champs élysées Christmas markets. Guess not now. Have also just seen that U2 have cancelled tonight's concert out of respect.R.I.P all you innocent people.... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna November 14th 2015

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna November 13th 2015

Geo: 48.22, 16.37The feeling is gone, only you and I it means nothing to me. Ohhhhhh VIENNA. (Ultravox 1981)We arrive Thursday but decide to just remain in the hotel overlooking the Danube.Friday it's time to hit the road and explore this pristine, and clean air city. The last time I was here was in the early 90's and memories are sketchy. It's Chris's first time and he loves it. The cleanliness, the fresh morning air and of course the beautiful architecture. We catch the U2 Bahn into the old centre at Karlsplatz and after just a short walk we are at the towering saint Stephens cathedral which has some scaffolding but still stunning. It's surrounded by Christmas markets which we later discover are all over the city. We see two horses playing accordions (not weird)We next ... read more
Christmas markets
Oh vienna
Markets

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna September 12th 2015

Geo: 48.22, 16.37The Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School are the real thing. The precision of these horses would put a well drilled college marching band to shame. Unfortunately photography was banned. Certainly, rule following Fred and Sheila obeyed this;). In fact, we did sneak a picture, not great, but you can see some horses. There were 5-6 separate performances, most with about five horses, and no horse performed twice as too much stress if they did. But the best was the last one with eight horses performing in precision. We captured a picture of some of the horses and managed, unlike some other folks, not to be apprehended.Later in the day we viewed another part of the Habsburg Palace. Actually, the Palace is more like a city and contains many distinct parts. We choose ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna July 22nd 2014

Geo: 48.22, 16.37On Tuesday 22nd July it was Stefan's birthday as well as the 1st birthday of Prince George, so the day started with presents and cards and ended with champagne.Overnight we had sailed to Vienna so after breakfast we were coached on a sightseeing tour around the city. Tomas our guide was very good but it was rather an overview going around the Ringstrasse, the main road around the city taking in the Opera House, Parks, elegant houses and galleries. It is an attractive city but being famous for it's art and music, I think these are the sights one should see. I was glad I had been inside the galleries and seen the work of Gustav Klimt, which Vienna has some wonderful examples of. After the coach tour we disembarked and followed Tomas around ... read more
opera house in Vienna
statue of Beethoven
baroque statue celebrating the end of the plague




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