Saturday (day 15) in Vienna

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St Stephen Cathedral

My photo identifications on Vienna may be a little strange.  In the past I’ve used local guide books to help me remember what it was that I’d visited and photographed.  In Vienna, I mistakenly got a guidebook written in Italian (for those of you who have been reading this whole blog, you know Italian is one of the many languages I don’t speak.  In these languages I just blurt out a few words and gesture a lot - not particularly useful for interpreting books.)  Therefore some of the church identifications etc. have been translated through several languages to get to English.  (Strange how I can forget the name of churches and always remember the name of the restaurant. . . )


We arrived in Vienna early in the morning and went for a tour of the city after breakfast.

Schoenbrunn Palace entrance
  I had my usual problem of trying to take photos out of bus windows (the circus truck is the only one that turned out) but made up for it once I got to walk around.  We visited St Stephens Cathedral (a great gray gothic church that just explodes with light and color on the inside) and the Schoenbrunn Palace ( a great sunny pile of stone).  The Palace, huge as it is, manages to be cheerful in a formal sort of way.  That’s appropriate since it was merely the summer palace for the Hapsburgs when they ruled the Austia-Hungarian Empire and it is smaller than the winter palace we’ll see tomorrow.  The gardens are immense and were beautiful on a sunny late summer day. 

 

After all that manicured beauty, we did what we always do .

street fair
. . look for someplace to eat.  In Vienna, even the fast food is stylish;  we went to Wiener Wald, an Austrian chain restaurant for schnitzel and beer.  Later, walking around central Vienna, we wandered into a festival complete with clowns (from the circus?  Who knows.  Lots of people wearing red clown noses and regular clothes . . . . I never did figure that out.)


Trish and I also tried some Viennese ice cream and I highly recommend the “Mozart” flavor.

 
We got back to the ship on the public underground transportation system; we’re great believers in avoiding taxis in favor of walking or using public systems (I love trams).  Vienna is a very easy city to navigate once you figure out where the Danube is and then use that as your base point of reference.

travelman727 says:
Pam, I understand the problems of identifying sights and buildings. For what it's worth, this is what works for me: I go on vacation and thoroughly revel in every moment. I don't journal anything; I just enjoy the experience and let my camera go wild! Later, when I get home, I use my photos and the internet to help identify places.
Posted on: Oct 17, 2006
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St Stephen Cathedral
St Stephen Cathedral
Schoenbrunn Palace entrance
Schoenbrunn Palace entrance
street fair
street fair
the circus is in town
the circus is in town
fast food Vienna style
fast food Vienna style
and theres always ice cream
and there's always ice cream
now thats Austrian - note the roof…
now thats Austrian - note the roo…
inside St Stephens
inside St Stephens
Trish and my husband in Vienna
Trish and my husband in Vienna
Austrian motorcycle
Austrian motorcycle
view from Schoenbrunn through the …
view from Schoenbrunn through the…
the back of Schoenbrunn Palace
the back of Schoenbrunn Palace
Vienna
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