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Europe » Austria » Vienna May 21st 2019

Was Vienna just as I remembered it? No it was not and I don't really know why. I have this vision in my brain of a busy city full of buses, trams and horses. They were all there in abundance. It was a dice with death trying to cross the roads sometimes. Crossing the tram lines, missing the oncoming trams and avoiding the horses and carriages and cyclists. That was the same as 20 years ago although I imagine there are more cars there today than there were last time I was here. 1998 or 1999 I cannot remember accurately. It was cold . The fountains were cloaked in wooden overcoats to keep out the cold and prevent them freezing. They were uncloaked today. It was still cold though and raining. I remember the impressive white ... read more
Outside the UBahn
Something Vienna does well
The madonna and Christ Child at the Dom

Europe » Austria » Vienna April 25th 2019

Time really does fly . Our 2 /2 days in Vienna were good . Although it was raining it wasn't particularly cold and I was dressed for it . I really enjoyed the walking tour we did . To fuel up we stopped at the market for lunch first. . I had a great falafel plate with hummus olives and pita. Very tasty . The falafel was moist and had a lot of parsley mixed in . I think k it was even better than Afghan falafel which has potatoes mixed in to kèep them moist ..Our tour lasted close to 3 hours and the guide had many stories to tell . The old town has palaces horses, galleries , museums all housed in incredible buildings ranging in age from the 1300,s Of them all I ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna April 4th 2019

This morning was definitely a slow one. We were still jet-lagged and weary from travel, and were not in a hurry to get up and get moving. We slept it longer than we should have, and spent some time relaxing. We walked down the street for some breakfast at Cafe Standard, another fine Viennese establishment. Breakfast was simply pastries and coffee. We took a short walk just for the heck of it, and returned to the room. We had to check out of the hotel and move to the Airbnb which would be our home for the next two weeks. This move really took up most of the afternoon. There was some miscommunication with the Airbnb host. I did not have anyway to get a hold of him unless I had wifi, so when he was ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna April 3rd 2019

Ah, we finally arrived! Vienna's airport seemed way smaller than O'Hare, and wasn't at all busy. We made our way to baggage claim, and easily found the taxi stands. We took a pretty expensive taxi ride to our hotel. That's the thing when travelling with Mom; she is almost 79 and is over the skimping in life. I probably would've taken the 16 dollar train, but the taxi was quite nice after such a long, sleepless flight. Our driver was nice enough, but we did hit some traffic and it took us about an hour. I didn't have much of an impression of Vienna yet. My mind was so tired, it could barely form thoughts. We finally made it to Holiday Inn Vienna City, and checked our bags. We weren't able to check in for three ... read more
Cafe Savoy

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 13th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, It’s been an uncomfortably long time without a blog, and an uncomfortably low number of requests for an update. However, perseverance is the secret to all triumphs so settle in for a whistle-stop tour of a wonderful summer in Vienna! The sweltering heat of Japan and Korea acclimatized us well for the summer heat of central Europe. On one of my wanders around Oberdobling, I stumbled across the beautiful Turkenshanz Park which is worth a trip out of the city centre to see. It has a fantastic lake with huge fountains and an old lookout post in the centre. Sky now has exclusivity of the Austrian Bundesliga football, so we were treated to go and see the opening game of the season – Austria Vienna vs Innsbruck. Prior to the game, we stopped ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 11th 2018

Like all other European capitals, Vienna is full of mysteries. Tombs of the royalty, unusual museums, and much more. Unorthodox attractions are here in on every corner, some of them being centuries old, and some surprisingly new. Our guide gives you a look on some of the most unique places to see while visiting the Austrian capital: from the (in)famous sewers, to the best Wien escape rooms. If you want your trip to Vienna to be unusual and different to what most tourists there experience, take our favourites into consideration while planning the stay! Arkham Asylum The Narrenturm (most commonly translated to Fool’s Tower or Madhouse Tower) is one of the oldest asylums for insane people - or at least for those who were considered insane by the society back in the day. The inmates were ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 4th 2018

We have a couple of days in Vienna such a fantastic city, with beautiful grand buildings and architecture. Cruising along the Danube is wonderful, just watching the scenery go by. Of course eating so much good food. This morning caught shuttle bus to town at 9.15am. Walked around looked at beautiful buildings and statues. Tried to catch 11am bus back but didnt turn up so caught taxi back. There was a fire emergency in next street so all traffic was diverted away. Had some lunch then went for a bike ride this afternoon along the river bank. Lovely bunch of people we are with, mostly Aussies and few from NZ. Tonight late we start cruising again.... read more
Doorway with statues
Franz Joseph
Another statue in the park

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 3rd 2018

Cruised overnight along the Danube, breakfast at 7.30am then back to room to rest and watch the riverside go by. Very relaxing and plenty to watch. Also bit of reading and washing. About midday cam to lock which was fascinating to see how it all works. Afterwards lunch was served then decided to go into town for some clothes shopping for Pio & Dalyse. Both need some warmer clothes as it has turned cold Caught taxi into town with Marion. Had look at H&M, Zara and other stores Caught taxi back to shop anout 4.30pm. ... read more
Another fishing shed
Fishing shed

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 2nd 2018

Good sleep, shower then breakfast at 7.30am. Decided to stay on ship today as only 14 degrees and raining. Pio & Rob not the best to be out in the weather. Walked to pharmacy and market, also aldi. Kelly bought a better jacket for the cold. Lunch then safety briefing then on to Austria. Spent the day cruising, mostly stayed in room, watched movie and scenery from our window. Went up to sun deck for a very short while but far too cold & windy, so back to room. Beautiful sunset tonight. Captains reception cocktails then gala welcome dinner tonight.... read more
TM Jewel
Government building
Village along the Danube

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 2nd 2018

Kathleen en ik stonden op het gemakske op. Met 2 gaat alles ook veel sneller. We namen een uitgebreide douche (het douchegebouw was zo goed als volledig open, dus ijskoud. Het was dus geen makkelijke beslissing om eronder uit te komen) en aten ons ontbijt. We hadden eindelijk eens plek op de tafel en zeer weinig afwas J alletwee kwamen we tot de conclusie dat we ons een dag hadden misrekend. We hadden dus nog een vrij in te plannen dag. Er werden alvast enkele denkpistes verkend en besloten deze straks voor te leggen aan het koppeltje. (Het zou een half dagje Zwarte Woud worden voor een boswandeling + dan moeten we zaterdag minder lang rijden naar huis) Dan terug richting Wenen. Het weer was slecht (regen en kou), maar het beloofde wel mooi weer te ... read more

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