0426 The Most Royal City in Europe (Austria 001—revisit)
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I arrive in
But I would have to say that of all the “Empire Capitals” I’ve visited,
On my 2006 visit, I hiked all the way to the
I start out hiking through a quiet residential area that gradually converts into a ornate baroque architecture. And then suddenly I find myself in the wide, garden area outside the “heart of the city”. I decide to go ahead and play my set on a peaceful little parkbench popular with old folks and fathers or mothers pushing baby carriages.
I enjoy the very classy feel of the inner city-- even though the guys in powdered wigs hawking tickets to
I take a clip in front of the main cathedral which is partly covered with scaffolding, and then another in front of “The Pillar”-- a bunch of scultured figures carved horizontally in the form of a pillar. A friendly fellow offers to take my picture for me-- but I have a hard time explaining to him that I want him to take a video clip.
“Be careful with your camera” he warns me “there are a lot of thieves around here”
I wander on, explore the interior of a couple of cathedrals, one which also has that same sort of pillar design of many sculptures on top of each other.
I notice that churches have a different feel to them here. Whereas generally I’ve found that the interior of Catholic churches have a theme of suffering, the churches here seems to have more of a them of glory and majesty…
Outside are Greco-roman statues depicting Hercules and other gods battling dragons etc…
I head out through the splendid gateway which looks more like a palace inside to the area of government buildings. Each building is an architectural masterpiece. The courthouse (I think) is built like a Roman temple with sculptures all along the ceiling… The parliament building is built sort of like an enormous Gothic cathedral with multiple spires…
On the drag through town people are lined up by the side of the road. It seems like there’s some sort of motorcycle festival coming through town… I guess there’s a modern side to
But I’m not all that interested in seeing motorcycles right now, so I continue on to enjoy the other landmarks of the city…
It’s a fun and inspiring day.
I’m also know that I can’t really say I’ve experienced
So I wander around a couple of other neighborhoods and then head on back to the train station…