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  • Day183

    Christmas eve and Christmas day

    December 26, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    We squeezed in a final pre-Christmas market on the morning of the 24th. It was the last day of St Stephansplatz market and the adjacent St Stephans Cathedral had been an impressive sight when we'd passed it on the tube, so we were looking forward to visiting that too.

    The combination of towering gothic spires and a mosaic tiled roof made this Cathedral stand out and we paid the €4.50 entry fee to climb its south tower.
    It was exciting to see glimpses of Vienna from a different perspective through the small slit windows as we climbed the spiralling stone stairway. However we were disappointed when we reached the watchman's tower half way up and weren't allowed to go any further! There were views in 4 directions through windows but they were limited. Unfortunately we may have been spoiled by some of the great steeple-top panoramic views we were treated to in Germany!

    Following a look through the traditional market and a brief stroll around the wider area, we returned to our pitch to ready our small space for Christmas day. We met midnight with a bottle of bubbly and a small present to each other.

    On Christmas day we relaxed in the van for the whole day, only going out to take Poppy. We'd had to be careful and not buy any presents for each other that would take up too much space. Our main present to each other was a new camera that didn't need separate lenses. The functions on the old one had been failing, the internal sensor was scratched and the different lenses took up a lot of space and weight.

    We really enjoyed texting, calling and Skyping friends and family later in the day. A big part of Christmas for us is being around them, if not on the day itself, then in the lead up to it. It somehow felt less Christmassy not being able to do this (that and the lack of mince pies, crackers, Christmas cake and pud!)

    We are glad to have the opportunity to experience Christmas in a foreign country and we had a lovely day, but part of our journey is about gaining a different perspective, challenging and sometimes changing or consolidating our ideas of what is important to us. We are VERY much looking forward to spending time with lots of people next year!
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