One hot room and a cold guide in Vienna

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After 10am, we reached the border between Hungary and Austria, of which there were really 2 border crossings. One leaving Hungary, where a uniformed man came on the bus and stamped our passports, which took a whole 7 minutes. The other border was when entering Austria which took only one minute! We must have given Tunde a look when she got back on the bus, like "how did you manage that?" because she replied, "3 handsome men". haha Go Tunde! Vienna seemed to be less green than Germany and was hilly. The country seemed to be big on helping animals in any way possible which was nice. What I mean is when we were passing through an animal park, there were animal crossing bridges with trees that were overpasses crossing the highway.

This was a pretty funny skit. We had good seats.
Tunde also told us underground tunnels were made for the frogs, in which she stated, "No FLAT Froggies!" haha
We arrived in Vienna in the early afternoon to which then Tunde left us with a local guide. We first did a bus tour passing the state opera, parliament, town hall, churches, museums and a very old ferris wheel. We stopped at Hero's Square to see the Hofburg Imperial Palace. (from the outside of course) Starting in 1279, it was the home of many kings and emperors and is now the official seat of  the President of Austria. Our female guide made a comment about President Bush wanting the best suite in the Imperial Hotel and was refused because the Rolling Stones were in town for a concert, so they got it instead. But the Stones ended up canceling! She seemed snide when she said it and my friend Suzi wasn't happy with the comment and thus was the Start of why she was our least favorite guide.
No flat froggies!
She then took us to  Stephansplatz where we were supposed to have an INSIDE visit of St. Stephen's Cathedral or Stephansdom, which is one of the tallest churches in the world but she acted like she didn't want to be bothered and quickly left us. She told us if we wanted to go in, there was a price! Well she didn't get a tip from any of us.

It was then lunch time and we walked aimlessly up and down Der Graben and Kärntner Straße, the main shopping streets in Vienna, for a couple of hours, trying to figure out where to eat and find menus in English. We ran into Mick and Kerry from Australia at a cafe where I got a smoked salmon bagel. The bathroom was also free. Another good thing was the chocolate ice cream we had across from the trolley.
Tight quarters at the 1st border!
We were told by Tunde not to get it at the corner because it wasn't as good as this other place. She was right.

Back at our hotel, the Artis, we found out there was no a/c and being it was 34 degrees Celsius, the room was like a sauna! We opened the window all the way back and kept it like that even though there was no screen. One cool thing about it was we could hang out it and check out the side street. We walked to a store down the street looking for distilled bottled water for Suzi. Some lady tried to help but when Suzi tried the water, it was bubbly. Dinner wasn't included this night so we walked to find a restaurant and it was raining. The closest thing was a Burger King and we chose that. It did have a good frozen lime cola.

At 7:30, we had an optional excursion to the Kursalon Waltz Show inside the Hofburg.
Austrian boder was empty
It was supposed to be outside but because of the rain, it was inside. The orchestra and operetta singers were great even though I couldn't understand a word they were saying. (It was done in German) One male singer was hilarious with his facial expressions and a took a few videos of which I will post. The show was called Strauss- W.A. Mozart Konzerte performed by Weiner hofburgorchester. The show lasted 2 hours and Tunde gave us a CD of it which I am listening to as I write this.  :)

gentry591 says:
I like your "your tube skit" How did you get it in your blog so it would run right from your blog page. My next page on my Hawaii blog is about going ziplining and since some people may not know what that is and my still pictures may not show just how fun it is I was going to put a link to some "your tube" sites that show it in real life. Think more would look at a "your tube" instead of going to a link.
Posted on: Oct 23, 2007
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pretty chandelier
pretty chandelier
This was a pretty funny skit. We …
No flat froggies!
No flat froggies!
Tight quarters at the 1st border!
Tight quarters at the 1st border!
Austrian boder was empty
Austrian boder was empty
Graben
Graben
St. Stephans Cathedral is the tall…
St. Stephans Cathedral is the tal…
St. Stephans Cathedral or Stephans…
St. Stephans Cathedral or Stephan…
St. Stephans Cathedral
St. Stephans Cathedral
roof of St. Stephans Cathedral
roof of St. Stephans Cathedral
St. Stephans cathedral
St. Stephan's cathedral
Generali building in Vienna
Generali building in Vienna
Pestsäule-This represented the pl…
Pestsäule-This represented the p…
a beach in Vienna? If you look clo…
a beach in Vienna? If you look cl…
market street in Vienna
market street in Vienna
church Somewhere in Vienna
church Somewhere in Vienna
Danube looks blue this day
Danube looks blue this day
bus view
bus view
along the Danube
along the Danube
more of the Danube River
more of the Danube River
Planetarium
Planetarium
floating pool
floating pool
Karlskirche or St. Karls Church
Karlskirche or St. Karl's Church
Opera house
Opera house
Mozart monument
Mozart monument
Austrian Parliament or Österichsr…
Austrian Parliament or Österichs…
Museum of Natural History or Kunst…
Museum of Natural History or Kuns…
Warning
Warning
entrance to Hofburg
entrance to Hofburg
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Hofburg Imperial Palace
architecture of the palace
architecture of the palace
more
more
behind the palace
behind the palace
Library
Library
our hot room at the Artis Hotel
our "hot" room at the Artis Hotel
looking out the window from the ro…
looking out the window from the r…
above the stage
above the stage
stage before it started
stage before it started
This guy was hysterical to watch a…
This guy was hysterical to watch …
W. A. Mozart Konzerte
W. A. Mozart Konzerte
J Strauss-Mozart Konzerte
J Strauss-Mozart Konzerte
Strauss-Mozart concert
Strauss-Mozart concert
the end
the end
This guy was my favorite.
directed by J. Strauss performing…
Vienna
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