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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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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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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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Oct 14, 2008 - Vienna

Very quickly worked out that the bus at the end of our street led in 2 stops to the underground which took us direct into the centre of the old town. Soooo easy. Anna travels free on all transport and an adult pass for all trains, trams & buses for 3 days is only $ 50 for both of us Went into town for the morning, bought tickets to a new exhibition of Van Gogh for tomorrow, Anna had Burger king for morning tea !! (see picture). Ernst our host met us for lunch and took us on a guided walking tour of the inner city, then up to his offices for...

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Oct 13, 2008 - Vienna

Left Venice at about 10 after working out that we actually only needed to walk about 10mins to catch a Vaporetto (water taxi)for the ride to the train station. Picked up our car from near the station and on the road to Vienna. Turned out to be very stressful as for the whole time we were in Venice we had not been able to get money out of the Travelex card !!. So by the time we hit the motorway we were down to our last 30 euro. So no lunch and we had just enough money to pay the toll. Flight from Milan to Vienna was uneventful albeit 1 1/2...

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Oct 10, 2008 - Back to Vienna

On the way to Salzburg we made a quick decision to revisit Vienna as the train was stopping. This means we ran through the whole train to get out bags and just made it off as the doors closed and took off for Salzburg. I enjoyed coming back because I had only seen a bed and a couch the last time I'd stayed. This time we went to the state opera house to see a Ballet by Tchaikovsky. It was actually very interesting and with music that would be expected from the capital of classical music. The center of the city is beautiful. The next morning...

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Oct 10, 2008 - The day in Vienna

O.K., Not sure what happened, but I think I forgot to send the message with the photos from Vienna. Let's just say Vienna is a beautiful city and I would love to go back. The only problem is that we quickly discovered how expensive Europe is right now and that the American dollar does not go far there! But..we experienced Austrian food, ice cream and pastries. Does it get any better than Austrian chocolate?

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Oct 6, 2008 - Vienna

After leaving Munich we got a hostel in Vienna for the night. The next morning I woke up and was sick sick sick. I ended up sleeping on the couch at the hostel all day trying to get better. I'm pretty sure what I got was food poisoning from the place we ate the first night. I missed seeing the major sights in Vienna this day because I just slept at the hostel. Later that day we had to catch a 3 hour train to Budapest and I spent almost the whole ride in the bathroom. Finally in Budapest we found a hostel to stay for the night and I went...

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Sep 24, 2008 - Vienna, Austria

Monday morning we arrived at the Westbanoff station in Vienna, Austria after a miserable 10 hr overnight train ride from Zurich. All of the sleeper cars were full so we were stuck with regular seats. The train was crowded with loud, young kids and the bright lights stayed on in the car throughout the night. Upon calling Mirjam *our couch host* she gave us directions to her place *about a 15 min tram ride from Westbanoff* where we could drop our bags and leave her to work. Mirjam is a very generous 34 year old that we would learn just got...

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Sep 20, 2008 - Vienna

On our sightseeing tour see the fabulous Palace of the Hapsburgs, the State Opera House and fashionable Karntnerstrasse. In your free time try authentic apple straddle and Viennese coffee. Later why not sample some local schnapps and a traditional Viennese meal.

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