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Leopoldstadt

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  • Day12

    VIENNA

    August 19, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The great thing about a river cruise is that it is your floating hotel and all your meals are available for you, but if you are in a city with so much to offer, spend the time exploring and eat with locals. We had a great lunch at Figlmuller, excellent wienerschnitzel and even better friends to share it with.
    So the morning city tour took us around Vienna and to St. Stephen's a beautiful Catholic church that has great history and beautiful spires you can take an elevator to the top, ok, for a cost.
    We wandered around and ended up at Figlmuller for lunch. Subway back to the ship for 15 minutes and back on the subway to the open market tour with our executive chef. Looking at all the fabulous local produce he purchases for our excellent meals. Toured around with Barry, Aly and Kristina then headed back to the ship via the subway again. Ready for a shower and nap... ok a drink too!!! Rested up on the sun desk till I needed a refill and am now in the lounge pre dinner music and cocktails. Others are back from their afternoon adventure of ' paddling through the wetlands' . Looking forward to hearing their stories.
    More later.
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  • Day83

    Viennese Christmas Markets

    November 21, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We have been in Vienna for 7 days and we have been to at least 9 Christmas markets. Every day we have chosen a different Christmas market to go to, but sometimes along the way, there’s another one. There are lots of stalls with people selling all sorts of handcrafted toys and christmas decorations. We tried some hot chocolate and some kinder punch and it was some of the best hot chocolate I have ever had. All of the drinks are sold in really nice Christmas mugs. You can keep the mug if you want, or you can return it and get your deposit back. Every Christmas market has a different mug. Me and Neve got to keep mugs in the shape of a stocking.

    There are also lots of people selling food like Christmas cookies, giant pretzels and candied nuts. We have tried the candied nuts multiple times which come in different flavors like chocolate or chilli. There are all kinds of different nuts too. When I walk by the stands, it smells so good. We have also tried some Christmas cookies. They are in the shapes of bells, cats, dogs and gingerbread people and they have iced on designs. A lot of people hang them on their Christmas trees and then eat them after Christmas is over. There is also a lot of people who sell marzipan, which my mom really likes.

    Little gnomes called tomtes or nisse are really popular here. They are a mythical creature with a long beard and a pointy hat. We got a few of them to hang on our Christmas tree next year and a few for decoration. They come in lots of different sizes. I saw some that were a foot tall, and some that were only two inches tall. The tomtes come in lots of different colors and different styles. Some of the gnomes are skiing, and most of them don’t have arms or legs or any eyes. They are super cute and I wanted to buy all of them to bring home with me.

    We visited most of the Christmas markets during the day, but at night there are lights in the streets and on the stalls. The lights make the Christmas markets really cozy and pretty. Lots of locals go to the Christmas markets after work with their friends.

    At one of the most popular markets, Rat Haus, me and Neve went skating. There’s an outdoor rink with a pathway around it and you can skate for the whole day if you want to. It was really fun. It wasn’t too busy in the afternoon, but it got really busy at around 4:00 when school was done for most kids. Rat Haus is in front of the city hall and it looks really cool with all the lights at night. Tomorrow evening we are going to our last Christmas market. I wish we were spending our Christmas in Vienna.

    Sophie
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  • Day22

    Hundertwasser

    September 7 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the most famous Austrian artists. The most characteristic aspects of his design include intense colors, non-repetitiveness and the refusal to use straight lines, even in architecture. Consequently, the buildings he designed - three of which we visited today in Vienna - consist of colorful, curvy walls and floors, with a lot of plants integrated on the sides and the roof (Hundertwasser was also an ecological activist and made his materials from natural resources).
    In the afternoon, we met with Klaus at Prater, an amusement park right in the city center and did some screaming on the rides. The most chill of them was a chairoplane (dt.: Kettenkarussell) that gave an incredible view of the entire city (but was just reeeeaaally high 🙈). We did, however, to other ones where you were twisted and turned really fast and felt like falling out of your seat from very high.
    A little recommendation on the side: if you want to have a not too expensive student-style meal (or just some simple beers at a place that does not at all remind of the Viennese Opera style), try out Käuzchen.
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  • Day2

    Tag 2 in Wien Schönbrunn

    August 24, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Der Tag beginnt mit einem gemütlichen Frühstück im Motel One,haben ein ruhiges Plätzchen ergattert,dann mit der U Bahn nach Schönbrunn,Audio Guide Tour gebucht,war sehr schön,haben Sissis Büro, Ankleidezimmer und Schlafzimmer gesehen😉Wunderschöne Aussenanlage,herrliche Blumen und Springbrunnen,der Tierpark ist gleich nebenan leider nicht reingegangen,es gibt dort Koalas,also doch noch nach Australien😂Read more

  • Day3

    Ende

    August 25, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Heute ausgeschlafen,gemütlich gefühstückt,11:30 mit der U Bahn zum Prater Stern,wollten die Sachen ins Schliessfach stellen,diese Idee hatten andere auch,alle belegt,weiter zum nächsten Bahnhof,auch alles belegt dank Google haben wir in einer Pension eine Unterstellmöglichkeit gefunden und konnten doch noch ein wenig Wien erkunden. Hundertwasserhaus ,am Donaukanal entlang und in Herrmanns Strandbar.Mehr ging nicht.Es war ein super schönes Wochenende,leider ein wenig durch Robbies Gesundheitszustand getrübt ( Wurzelbehandlung Zahn )Read more

  • Day4

    Innenleben eines Co Drivers

    August 12, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    (Norbert) Die Reiseberichte unseres Literaten - meinem Motorradkumpel und Freund Bert - sind so präzise und wohlklingend formuliert, dass ich mich heute einmal damit beschäftigen möchte zu berichten, wie die Gedanken des Co Drivers während einer langen Fahrt durch die Steiermark gewesen sind. Fährt man hinter Bert hunderte von kurzen und lang geschwungenen Kurven hinterher, so kommt man unweigerlich ins Grübeln. Das Nummernschild SGXY 33. Warum XY nicht BH oder BR oder zu mindestens das Geburtsjahr. Nein, keine persönlichen Hinweise über das Nummernschild. Meine Blicke konzentrieren sich auf die beiden rechts und links hängenden Koffer und schnell wird klar, da fährt jemand, der die Welt gesehen hat. Meine drei bescheidenen Klebebilder von Deutschland, Österreich und Europa wirken etwas verloren neben Argentinien, Peru,Chile, Ushuaia, Matju Pitju, etc. Um so mehr freute es mich heute, dass ein Passant grosses Interesse an meiner African Twin zeigte und die wesentlichen Dinge an der GS 850 nicht beachtet hat. Egal, während der Fahrt im Windschatten von Bert fällt der BMW Helm auf. Sicherlich ein high end Produkt und mit allen erdenklichen Sicherheitsdingen ausgestattet, die man von einem Produkt aus dem Hause BMW erwarten kann. Doch der Schriftzug BMW wird in gleicher Größe von dem Guerrillero Heroico Che Guevara ergänzt. Der Gegensatz reizt und wird eigentlich nur dadurch übertroffen, dass ein high tec Produkt made in Germany gefahrene wird von einem groß dem Hintermann ins Auge springenden Schriftzug Harley Davidson. Wer die Marke kennt weiss, dass gerade der Sound ein wesentliches Erkennungsmerkmal darstellt. Die GS hingegen bleibt. An dieser Stelle eher unerkannt.
    So springt mein Blick während der gesamten Fahrt wechselnd von dem Nummernschild über die beklebten Koffer auf den Schriftzug am Helm und wieder zurück. Nach drei Stunden Kurvenfahrt bei besten Strassenverhältnissen und ohne Verkehr ist mir bisher keine plausible Erklärung eingefallen, um das anspruchsvolle Rätsel zu lösen. Na ja, da bleiben ja noch einige Tage , in der Sachlage weiter zu kommen.
    Die Tour läuft übrigens prächtig.
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