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Jan 29, 2019 - Sacher Torte Found - Score!

This morning about half of our group took a tour of Schloss Schönbrunn which is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence. We didn’t tour all 1,441 rooms, thank goodness, but did tour the upper floor where the family lived. It is opulent in every way, but photos of the interior are not allowed so I bought the book. Stop by my house after I return to LA if you’d like to see the beautiful interior. The gardens were snow covered so we did not tour them. The Schloss and gardens are set on approximately 480 acres. My comparison is...

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8 Days on the Ground

Jan 28, 2019 - On the Hunt for Sacher Torte

We spent the morning driving from Budapest to Vienna with a short rest stop at the border between the two nations. As we left Budapest it started to snow, pretty heavily at times. By the time we arrived in Vienna 3.5 hours later the streets were filled with dirty slush. Tomorrow it is supposed to be a mix of sun and clouds. From the bus we walked to St. Stephen’s to stake out our location to meet after we went our separate ways for lunch. Diana and I found a cute Italian spot near the church and enjoyed that. Ulli, a local guide joined us...

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Jan 6, 2019 - Unexpected Days in Vienna

Awoke this morning to a beautiful view out our hotel windows with just light snow falling on the already white landscape. Downstairs to breakfast at 8am while we waited for our 8.20 taxi to take us to the bus station and our 4 hour trip to Vienna. We had originally planned to go to Bratislava in Slovakia today but after a request from Miss Vanessa it was decided to make a detour to Vienna to visit the Belvedere Gallery and the largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, another one of her painter heroes. This would be a special trip as...

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Dec 1, 2018 - Vienna (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When we began searching for a way home from an autumn trip to Europe, we were hoping to be able to use our airline points to fly business class all the way home. We searched from almost everywhere we could think of that was warm in November, and bingo!, we manage to locate only one route, on one specific day. We were delighted because we had wanted to visit Cyprus when we travelled to Turkey several years ago, but at that time it wasn’t possible but political issues mean that we couldn’t fly into the north and...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Vienna Day 3

Our last full day in Vienna. We started as usual with coffee at the hotel. The lady(?) in charge of the paid for breakfast did not like me taking a coffee yesterday and told me I could not refill my cup. So today I checked with the people at the desk and offered to pay but I wanted some coffee. He told me it was free and to help myself. So I made two cappuccinos at the coffee machine and got a look from you know who that could melt steel.Then off to downtown on the subway. At the station we bought a pastry to hold us until lunch and headed...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Vienna Day 2

Another day of sore feet, blisters and sightseeing. We headed into town using our newly purchased transportation passes and exited at the Karlsplatz Station Which is a centrally located transfer station next to the opera house. The station is quite large and has many shops including at least two bakeries selling pastries pretzels and other goodies. We walked by the Sacher hotel where yesterday we had fabulous Sacher torte and proceeded to Karntner Strasse which is a traffic free pedestrian street with no so fancy shops but a good place to...

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Oct 1, 2018 - Vienna day 1

Bought a three day metro pass as it was much more economical than buying a daily one. The metro here is very good and easy to maneuver. We set out for the old town which is inside the Ringstrasse (or circle road around the old town). We walked by the Opera House (which incidentally Denise does not think looks like the one in Budapest) and decided to do the tour at 2:00. We walked on through the pretty squares and stopped at St. Stephens Cathedral. While a lot of it has been rebuilt as a result of damage during the war, a good portion...

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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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Sep 19, 2018 - Vienna, Austria

When our tour coach arrived at the waterside dock at our ship, we were pleasantly surprised to learn all our bags were tucked neatly in our rooms for us. Dinner would be ready early and we could relax and enjoy a leisurely evening. We said heck with that, we’re exploring ! We walked all over the ship, taking the pictures you’ll see here. Then, we went to dinner. Ok, so now we’re in Vienna. A half-lifetime ago, Dave learned the great minds, the luminaries of early thought would go to meet at the Vienna Coffee house’s or Cafe’s. His mission...

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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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