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May 12, 2009 - Prague to Vienna

Just finished my three days in Prague and was pleased to be leaving...actually we all were. After hearing rave reviews about Prague I had the biggest expectations of the city and was a little disappointed. The disappointment may have been attributed to the poor location of our hostel or the fact that no one in Prague was friendly or that we continued to be rained on. My expectations for the city were quite high - even our tour guide was raving about the city and the fact that all of his friends were jealous he was spending a few days in...

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May 2, 2009 - Vienna

Today we walked into the center of Vienna down Karntnerstrasse, and had some free time to explore on our own. I went inside the large St. Stephens Church, then took the metro a few stops over to Hundertwasserhaus. Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, these apartments have a surrealist feel to them, almost Gaudi-esk. I stopped and took pictures at the incredible colorful apartments, and looked at some of his abstract paintings in the museum. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to actually live in those apartments, as thousands of...

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Ultimate Europe 2009

May 1, 2009 - Two Cities in One Day

Today we drove up to Gellert Hill, where we had gorgeous view over Buda and Pest. We stopped by the Liberation Monument (which some say looks like a can opener), then a few of us decided to skip the bus and instead walk down the hill. This turned out to be a not-so-good idea, because it took us forever to get all the way down the hill and over towards the river, and we were only given 3 and a half hours to explore the entire city We walked along the river for a while, and eventually found a cab, who took us into Pest and dropped us off in...

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Ultimate Europe 2009

Apr 2, 2009 - Vienna

Sorry it took so long for me to put these up, but for the second half of spring break i went to Vienna in Austria.I took an overnight train from florence which was really cool. It was my first overnight train and i was a little nervous, because i didnt know what it would be like, but it was really fun. I slept pritty well in my sleeper cabing and so i felt pritty good when we arrived in austria at 9. Vienna was one of my favorite places. I got to see the spanish riding school, but there were no pictures aloud :(. It was really fun for me to...

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Mar 16, 2009 - Vienna, Austria

Monday March 16 - We were up at 6:00 am and off to Vienna, Austria. The drive was scheduled for 4 hours, but took us 6. We started out 20 minutes late leaving the hotel in Prague because three people forgot to pay their phone bills. Then it snowballed from there, unscheduled stops, traffic, etc. We finally made it and went on a guided tour of the Opera House, which should have been followed by a guided tour of the Schonbrunn Summer Palace. But as we were so far behind schedule we were allowed to go through the palace, but without guides and...

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Kohlen Family

Mar 15, 2009 - Vienna, Austria

We got to Vienna without any major problems. We checked into our hostel which was so clean and was more of a hotel. It was almost a place I could see myself staying with my family. After we were settled we went into the old town section of Vienna to see if we could get into the Opera. Each night they have standing room tickets you can get after the opera's started, but by the time we got there it was almost over and all the tickets were sold out. We still got to walk around the hall so it was worth going out. We had a classy McDonald's...

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Mar 8, 2009 - munich... winter or recession

An overdue update .... after vienna I headed to Munich, Germany. Again, no idea what to expect. The train ride was gorgeous. Between Vienna and Germany there was snow everywhere. We went through Salzburg, where the Sound of Music was filmed; just imagine that movie with snow on the ground... serene. We arrived in Munich and Jimmy wanted to go straight to the Hofborhaus. The Hofborhaus is very large and well known beer hall. the tables are long and the beer steins are huge. When its crowded you usually sit down with other people, which can...

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Mar 1, 2009 - Happy tourist in Vienna

I got an all day pass on 3 tour buses today. I was most excited to see one of my very favorite and very famous painting, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. I was so excited to find that it was on display at the Belvedere Palace and museum. I must have stood in front of this magnificent work of art for about 20 minutes. I listened to the audio 3 times, the explaination made the painting so much more special to me. I also found a few new favorite painters, including Egon Schiele. He paintings exemplify his conflicted feelings about love and...

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Mar 1, 2009 - changin' it up...

So my travel buddy and I have fallen into different patterns, as he is a night owl enjoying the clubs, pubs and libations that Europe has to offer, I am the enjoying the tourist buses (yes the tourist buses), cathedrals, museums and other tourist sights. We have had a blast together even though on different schedules. We are possibly heading to Munich tomorrow and then we will be going our separate ways. It has been so great traveling with someone but I am also very excited to start a voyage on my own. I can decide where to go and when and...

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Feb 28, 2009 - I heart Vienna!!!!

On our way to Prague we decided to stop in Vienna for a night. We checked into a beautiful hotel, Hotel Bristol. I think I may have written this before, but if not... Jimmy has a connection with his company for Starwood hotels. So we automatically get a great discount and fabulous rooms. Our room is so great here that we decided to stay for two nights and three days. Our room is the most divide room I have ever seen, or at least been allowed to sit in. We have a living room that is very elegantly decorated with tapastries and a great velvet...

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Dec 24, 2008 - Mozart in Vienna

Our Christmas vacation started by Francine and I hustling the kids off to school for a couple hours while we finished packing for our trip. We have been consciously trying to be more efficient with our luggage, as not only are additional pieces more cumbersome to haul around, but the discount airlines we use charge for every bag you take. I must admit I do like this policy, as it truly is user pay and helps provide some extra motivation to conserve. Although I think we can claim some success in our packing tactics, we clearly have much to...

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Oct 15, 2008 - Vienna

A much quieter day today with rain in the morning, although still 20 deg approx At 11 we went to the special exhibition of Van Gogh. Each room of the exhibiton was devoted to phase of his life, and how tht impacted on his style, although ultimately mad to the point that he committed suicide at 37, the chance to look at his work up close was pretty special. In the afternoon we went out to an amusement park, again, on the tube to the gate. Free entry, you pay for each ride. But what a park - probably a dozen rollercoasters, all manner of...

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