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Sep 19, 2019 - First Day in Vienna

Rather than do our usual hop-off hop-on bus to acquaint ourselves with our current city, we decide to follow Rick Steves suggestion and do the “tram tour”. Rick’s tram tour is riding Tram #2 sitting on the right side around the Ringstrasse! But first we find the Tourist Information Center (a 2 minute walk) to arm ourselves with maps and brochures of Vienna. On the #2 tram, we are following and seeing (mostly) what Rick is suggesting . However, about half way through he lost us at City Hall and then we stopped for about 10 minutes (we think...

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Sep 18, 2019 - On to Vienna

Now that we have the lay of the land and have figured out the city, it is time for us to leave Budapest and move on to Vienna. We both kind of hated to go as we enjoyed our stay here and really liked the city. Giovanni came and collected the keys and had Tomas waiting to take us to the Keleti train station. Everything went like clockwork and it was a smooth, uneventful train ride except for the 3 policeman that came on the train. They walked thru our car and kept going and then Judi C saw the get off a couple stops later. No idea what was...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Vienna Day Two

We had a lovely day and checked off an item on my bucket list! We visited the Spanische Hochreitschule for a performance by the Lipizzaners. (We have seen the Wadsworth troop perform and I saw the traveling group from Europe in Atlanta, but to see them on their home turf is special.) I splurged for the best seats and it was worth it! If only photography were allowed.... Then we went to the Hotel Sacher and had Apfelstrudel mit Schladsanne; no room for lunch! We took a Sacher torte to go. It's already time to start thinking about how to...

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Jun 8, 2019 - Arrived in Vienna

After the seven hour flight to Singapore followed by a two hour stop at Changi we re-boarded our aircraft for the next six and a half hour leg to Dubai. Both Bruce and I managed to catch a few hours of sleep on this flight segment. The four hour stop in Dubai was, for us, a total waste as we did not contribute a cent to the local economy (Duty Free shops). The final six hours to Vienna seemed to drag but eventually it was all over and we were safely on the ground in Austria. I had booked a taxi to take us from the airport to the hotel but...

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Jun 3, 2019 - Day 12 = Melk & Vienna

We docked in Melk overnight and after breakfast, took a short bus ride up the hill to the Benedictine Abbey. It used to be a palace until Leopold III handed it over to the monks in the 11th century. They converted it and it became well known for spiritual and intellectual things. A school still exists here. Like the other palace we saw, each room seemed more grandiose than the last! After lunch, we sailed on the Danube until we reached Vienna in the early evening. We saw more castles and quaint villages again, but the Durnstein castle and...

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May 6, 2019 - How Much Opulence Does One Family Need?

First of all, we did not have rain today! We started the day with another bus trip, this time to the Schönbrunn Palace. The 7.5 mile drive took almost 45 minutes on a motor coach. It could have been shorter on the subway, but I am not sure any tour guide is up to herding 25 senior citizens. It is quite complicated to get from the harbor to the city center here. According to Wikipedia, Schönbrunn means “beautiful spring”. Spring refers to the natural spring that provided the water to the palace. It was the main summer residence of the...

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Cruising to 170

May 5, 2019 - Fünf de Mayo

The Danube Canal is enormous, and off of the main river. We’re here for a couple of nights and then back to the real deal. Ah, Vienna town in the rain today. Our journey today began with a bus trip through town this morning that ran on for approximately 3 weeks, possibly a bit less. We arrived in the City Center area and did a walking tour with a guide who spoke English valiantly, but not very well. She devoted 99% of her time energy to telling us what we would see and 1% actually letting us experience it. Alas, I eventually tuned her out...

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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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8 Days on the Ground

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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