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Oct 3, 2017 - Vienna to Vosendorf

We left our apartment in Vienna, a short u-bahn and tram ride to the airport, to go to a hotel 'closer' to the airport. We took the u-bahn to Karlsplatz, found the Oper station and boarded the tram towards Joseph Baden. It travelled above ground. We saw that the city is filled with old 18th century buildings mixed in with modern. Old baroque stands proudly with their rounded corners and turrets. A neat ride. Across from us sat a Polish now Canadian couple. It had been 35 years since they had been here. Of course he knew where to get off....

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Sep 29, 2017 - Schloss Schonbrun, Schloss Belvedere, and Prater

We were off early with coffee at McDonald's and the underground to Schonbrun. A short walk brought us to Schloss Schonbrun. It is huge! 20,000 is the number I remember. Hectares maybe? We had our tickets....Sisi tickets....so skipped the line, picked up our audiophone and entered the world of Empress Marie-Therese. She was fond of rococco....so lots of roccoco was used here as well. With the walnut paneling, it looked quite nice. Color was used in more private rooms. Off white with the gold rather than the stark white seemed easier on the...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Vienna

Yesterday was spent mainly at the airport in Munich....walking, reading and eating. We had a 5p flight..arrived at 6p into Vienna. We caught the above ground train to Landstrasse and the metro 2 stops, walked across the bridge and approx. 5 blocks to the hotel. The area seems safe but does not appear safe. When we arrived we had no way in....no-one was here. Fortuneately a tenant came out and phoned the owners who explained where the keys could be found and where our room was. Not a good start. We met the receptionist/manager this a.m. She...

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Sep 24, 2017 - A weekend in Vienna to finish our trip

We started our final four nights of travelling by checking into the Hilton to finish our trip in luxury. The Schonbrunn Palace was the first place we visited, a former imperial summer palace. We took an audio guide and visited 40 of the 1,441 rooms of the Palace. Each room was decorated in a different style to the previous, with each room looking grandeur than previous Palaces we have visited. As we are in wind down mode we decided to keep each day simple and spread our itinerary out over our final 4 days. Day two we decided to have a...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Albertina Museum

Our last day in Vienna we walked to a pastry shop near our apartment so I could try Sacher torte for breakfast. We visited the Albertina Museum with the world's largest assemblage of Old Masters prints and drawings. We also saw the Monet To Picasso show and Drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. At 5 PM we were back on the train to Budapest, about 4 hours away.

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Sep 8, 2017 - Leopold Museum

There are over a hundred museums in Vienna. The Leopold Museum is located in the Museums Quartier, the former royal stables, along with a children's museum and a technology museum. To see two art exhibits in one museum was a real treat. See photos of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt collections. Lunch was sausages and beer at an outdoor pop-up restaurant manned by local firefighters. It was an annual fund-raiser.

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Jun 26, 2017 - Licked by a Hund!

Up not too early so we could breakfast over the road in the bakery. J was surprised to see a woman lined up at the counter with a Schnitzel von Krum on a lead. As he paid for his Zwei melange und zwei kuchen he felt a lick on the leg! We checked out the shops and purchased a couple of locks for our bags. Then purchased tickets for the Cat train to the airport. They have a scheme where Star Alliance travellers can check in their bags before they board the train. Unfortunately we will need to trundle our bags to the airport! Back to the hotel...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Pad Thai with German

No need to hurry, no bags outside doors; today is our last full day in Vienna. Of course J still woke at 6:30, an hour before the alarm! Anyway, a number of other guests were leaving today and J and C hoped to say farewell at breakfast. The forecast was for a hot day again, but with showers at some point. A decision was taken to avoid too much walking, so we went to the Landstrasse U Bahn just over the road, and a helpful Transport official helped us to buy tickets. It was relatively easy to work out the lines and stations, so we headed off...

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Jun 24, 2017 - The carnival is over

Today is the end of our tour. We left Budapest at 8:30 en route to Vienna. The day was fine - another 30+ day expected! Traffic was busy - school holidays have started and people were on there way to the Dalmatian coast for some beach holidays. The countryside was industrial and rural, with extensive wind farms. We stopped for a comfort break and coffee then kept on going, arriving about 12 at the Hilton. Luckily the room was already available, so we settled in then went over the road to a bakery for a light lunch. J went to pay with his...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Horses in nappies

Today dawned fine with blue skies - perfect for a walk around Vienna. After showering and repacking the extraneous stuff into a sausage bag (to be left at the hotel), we went to the lobby ATM. C spied a woman reading the Insight tour notice and so got talking. She was from Melbourne, and had arrived minus her luggage! First task was to find somewhere for breakfast - an easy task you might think ( breakfast at the hotel is €32/person which is a little steep). However all was quiet in the street with no cafes open. for a Saturday. Into the...

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Jun 16, 2017 - He thought there were four of them

Not a terribly early start - we planned a 9am departure from the hotel, so breakfasted about 7:45. There were numerous primary school groups staying in the hotel and entering the breakfast area like animals into the ark (2 by 2). C sniggered to herself as she picked out the naughty ones, the taking advantage of unlimited choice ones, etc…. The teachers looked flustered. C nearly had juice, baked beans, egg and milk tipped on her as they cut the corner past our table on the way from the buffet area! J was excited - the first time he had had...

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May 18, 2017 - Vienna

We start the day off with breakfast at the hotel, then it is off to the subway station heading to the Schonbrunn Palace, we got tickets as soon as we got there for going in on the Grand tour what a place wow, only thing was we could not take any pictures, the tour was on where we had a audio recorder so was able move through it at a faster pace. Then it was off for walk through the gardens, which are huge with a big fountain in the middle, Then it was back to the old town part by subway to check out the St Stephen's Cathedral, the I took...

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