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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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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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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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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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Dec 2, 2017 - Ah! Vienna

The day looked dull when we woke, but the mist burned off quickly and by the time we had got ready and had breakfast the sun was shining on a cold morning. We boarded a bus to take us on a trip round the city. I do not think we saw anything new, but it was good to have our memories refreshed. It is always good to see new places, but it is reassuring to return to familiar places and feel secure in the knowledge that you have at least some idea of where things are and how to get about. After touring the Ringstrasse we were dropped near the...

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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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