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Sep 20, 2018 - Vienna

We cruised into Vienna in the middle of the night. We spent the next 2 days exploring this area. We took the bus downtown for a city tour, and a visit to the Art History Museum followed by a walking tour of Vienna. Like all the old cities we have toured, most of the historic city center is pedestrian traffic only. There is so much history here, After dinner we took a bus to the Abbey of Klosterneuburg for a Mozart and Strauss concert. The seven piece orchestra and two singers were incredible. We ended the evening in the bar visiting and...

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Aug 19, 2018 - August 17 & 18

Dear all, Well we have spent two nights in Vienna. On the first night we went to a small concert which was ire ally lovely. It was in a lovely room. Apart from the 9 piece orchestra they also had two soloists and two ballet dancers. The whole production was wonderful. The steps leading up to the concert were really interested. Next morning we were off early, to beat the crowd of tourists and the heat. We visited the Schronbrunn palace. It was really beautiful inside but no photos allowed, but the gardens were lovely. We did the usual walk...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 31, 2018 - Second visit into Vienna

We picked up where we had finished a few days before at the Volksgarten (no dogs allowed!) and wandered to the Rathaus. It reminded us of Houses of Parliament and for once Daisy could go in the garden! Every summer the city sets up a huge screen outside the Rathaus for broadcasts of concerts, opera and films on summer nights. Across from the Rathaus was the Burgtheater, one of the leading theatres in the German speaking world. We then walked through a number or squares finding: the Minoritenkirche which had a giant mosaic copy of Leonardo...

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Jul 28, 2018 - First visit into Vienna

The forecast said that it was going to be a very hot week. Trust us to be in a major city when it is hot never mind. We caught the U-bahn into Vienna a cheap and easy way to get into the city. We had to buy Daisy a child ticket and she had to be muzzled but it didn’t bother her at all. It took us less than half an hour from the campground to Stephansplatz right in the centre. The crowds of tourists were staggering. It seemed as if they were all trying to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral. A quick visit up the bell tower was enough. This was our...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Move to Vienna

We left Graz and headed north to Vienna our base for the next week. We had a good journey and arrived safely at the Stellplatz on the edge of the city. The stellplatz was owned by the same company as the Graz one but was not quite as nice. Again it was busy. We were only 100m from the Vienna U bahn- underground

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Jun 8, 2018 - Second full day in Vienna

Pretty lazy day for a pair of tourists in one of "The" cities of the world - I mean, shouldn't we be dashing around with a list of "must see" places, or something?. Not so our group! The first thing was to visit a nearby bicycle shop – sort of a tourist destination for cyclists akin to checking off one of the major sights such as the Hoffberg Palace. Then B and I wandered off and took the yellow tram to go around ‘The Ring’. The fare (9 Euros ea) includes headphones and a commentary on the sights/sites we were passing so we thought it was...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Two days in Vienna is Not Enough

First full day in Vienna.......... This morning, me not having slept at all last night in spite of being deadly tired from our journey here, we got up and headed down to the Hotel’s restaurant for breakfast and found 9 others of our group already there and making good use of the pretty decent breakfast buffet that the Novotel offers. (Bruce did manage to get a good sleep - and there is nothing more aggravating than listening to a 'roomie' who is happily snoring while the other one lays awake, staring out at the darkness, most of the...

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Jun 6, 2018 - "Re-cycling" Vienna

I might be making a mistake in having a go at writing this evening because we had a virtually sleepless night on the plane last night (although, technically, there is no night as you head east because you follow the dawn as you go and the sun shone brightly in our window all the way from Vancouver to Frankfurt) so I have been awake for 39 hours straight at this point. So…… housekeeping first: I include details in my travel blog that may not, in general, be of interest to my family and friends but these ‘My Trip Journal’ travel blogs are...

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May 26, 2018 - Wien, wine and song

Writing this retrospectively gives an indication of how busy travel can be! Travel bloggers must religiously dedicate their time to writing their journals; or maybe they are more selective than me. Once I hit Vienna, I did not want to waste time in the evenings and sought out the nightlife; but then Vienna has some of the best museums in the world so there was much to balance. My main goal today was to visit Mumok which I eventually did but later in the day; as I walked past the mammoth square that attracted so many tourists, I decided to...

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Helen in Europe

May 25, 2018 - Secessionism, Schiele and (Austrian) Surf Music

Back on my feet and ready to explore the city and museums and maybe music, I headed towards the museum district. As a Brutalism fan, it was a case of the right place and time as there was an exhibition focusing on this style of architecture at - the Architecture Museum. And yes, my ICOM pass ran hot again. After visiting the Brutalism exhibition, which contained a fair share of Australian buildings referenced, I went just next door to the much more popular Leopold Museum. Amongst the exhibitions was a knockout Egon Schiele show, with such...

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Helen in Europe

May 24, 2018 - oh, Vienna (to the tune of Ultravox C.1981)

It means nothing to me This means nothing to me Oh, Vienna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJeWySiuq1I This was a spectacularly uneventful day mainly spent at airports waiting for my (delayed) Brussels Airlines flights to Brussels, then connecting to Vienna. My accommodation in Vienna is another homeexchange.com one (a balloon stay, meaning that the hosts get to use the balloon on another stay as they don't intend to visit Australia). Things were a little ambiguous as to whether I would have the whole apartment to myself from our...

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Helen in Europe

May 3, 2018 - Beautiful Vienna

I am a day behind so this post if for Thursday, May 3. Again we cruised overnight and awoke to a new city, Vienna. The boat dock is quite a distance from the city, about 20 minutes, so we were back-and-forth on buses. Austria has a population of 8 million people and 2 million of these live in Vienna. We took a mystery tour in the city after breakfast and started at the The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) which was built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace to house the extensive collections of the imperial family, it is considered...

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