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  • Day29

    Journal de bord n°9 : Wien - Vienne

    September 6, 2020 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Séjour du 2 au 6 septembre.

    Nous voilà arrivés dans la capitale autrichienne. On dépose nos bagages dans un joli duplex au charme scandinave et super bien situé pour tout faire à pieds/métro/tram.
    On a enfin une machine à laver à disposition ! On va pouvoir laver nos fringues autrement qu'à la main.

    Par où commencer ? Notre séjour à Vienne a été magnifique. On en a pris plein les yeux... Quelle ville grandiose. Des monuments incroyables, une architecture à couper le souffle, des musées et des chateaux partout.

    Le premier jour on a visité le palais de Sissi l'impératrice, on en a beaucoup appris sur cette femme tourmentée et malheureuse, ne s'étant jamais faite à l'idée de vivre avec les codes si strictes qu'imposait la noblesse.
    Ensuite on est monté tout en haut de la Tour Donauturn haute de 150m et disposant d'un panorama de 360°. On a pu admirer du dessus la beauté hétéroclite de Vienne.

    Le deuxième jour, on a visité le musée d'histoire naturelle : Naturhistorisches Museum. Ça nous a pris une bonne partie de la journée, 5h de visite au total !
    Quel musée ! Une collection incroyable de minéraux, météorites, corps célestes, fossiles, animaux préhistoriques, mammifères marins et terrestres.... Sans parler du bâtiment en lui-même qui est un vrai monument de beauté.

    On est passé devant de nombreuses cathédrales et églises, dont Karlskirche. Toutes plus belles les unes que les autres.

    Le dernier jour on a flâné dans Vienne, mangé une glace car il faisait chaud. On est allé visiter les jardins du château de Schoenbrunn qui abrite également un zoo.

    On quitte Vienne aujourd'hui et il pleut, Vienne est aussi triste que nous de nous voir partir.
    Direction Salzburg.

    À retenir :
    - On s'est aimé sur un pousse-pousse géant, à 117m au dessus du sol
    - On est allé faire un tour dans la fête foraine permanente de Vienne, il y a là-bas une vielle grande roue datant du 19ème. On a fait une attraction horrible, allongés sur le ventre, tête en avant dans un espèce de grand 8 hyper violent. J'en (Cécile) ai pleuré.
    - Vienne est une capitale magnifique, à l'architecture exceptionnelle
    - Pour le moment, on trouve que les autrichiens ne sont pas très souriants
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  • Day21

    Vienna Day & Night

    September 6, 2020 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Back on the road! After the week in Bovec I had to go back to work for two weeks. Now Mariano and I are travelling through Austria and Slovakia.
    Our first stop is Vienna, starting friday. What was planned just as a short "bucket list" visit turned out to be a dip into one of the, if not the most liveable city I have ever seen. Instead of being the kind of rusty, stiff, opera-loving pensioner's paradise we associated with Vienna, it is just a really cool melting pot with a thousand things to do. For a truck load of pictures, please check out Google. We were just having way too good of a time to take many ourselves.

    For the mandatory itinerary part: the city visit started with a free walking tour, which has become a tradition for city trips. There, we made friends with two Austrians (Klaus and Clemens) that have lived in Vienna for a few years, but due to their job haven't seen a lot of it. At the end of the tour, the four of us went to a traditional Viennese coffee house, and then on to have dinner and some beers down at the Danube.
    We also met again the next day. Mariano and I took the day to take a swim in the new Danube (Neue Donau) and visit Brunnenmarkt, a street market in the 9th district with a lot of fruits, vegetables, cheese and middle eastern specialties. For instance, we tried some fabulous pita bread (literally) fresh from the oven and Arab coffee. Afterwards, we went up to the vineyards to have some wine with the guys at "Heurige" (dt.: Weinschänke) and ended up to get back to the hostel at 4 a.m.
    Not surprisingly, today started not too early. We only had a late breakfast before we go to the Freud museum (very interesting) and for some typical Viennese Sachertorte.
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  • Day29

    Vienna, Austria

    October 1, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We're a little delayed on posting about Vienna but here it is. We enjoyed the city with beautiful weather our first day which made it even prettier to walk around. The city is full of beautiful architecture and a vast cultural scene. There are many museums, the opera, and influence of the Royal Hapsburg family the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire all over.

    The second day was a bit colder so it entailed doing some laundry, jumping in coffee houses and taking it easy. We decided to take advantage of a free museum that occurs every first Sunday of the month and waited in line for 30mins only to get inside and find the museum was only in German! That made for a quick visit! Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel followed for dinner and hit the spot.
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  • Day18

    Wien aka Vienna

    October 2, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    As usual, we started the day with a sumptuous breakfast on the boat. Tyler has himself on a bit of a "diet" ... he skipped bacon this morning. Our day in Vienna started early; we were on a bus at 8:15. The city tour started by driving by the major sites with our guide narrating (another lady called Verena, must be a popular Austrian name). Everyone got a bit sleepy during the drive. Tyler poked me awake during the important bits and I really tried to keep awake and hear about the buildings.

    We drove around the ring road that borders the main area and provides a nice overview. There really seemed to be a lot of palaces... the Hapsburgs apparently liked to build new parts to the palace over time. The main palace is called the Hofburg palace. We exited the bus to carry on with a short walking tour. The highlight of this was a beautiful library in the State Hall. It was a huge room reminiscent of the library in Beauty and the Beast with ladders and countless books. I especially enjoyed this part of the tour. Next we walked to see the stables of the show horses (none of them came out so we only saw them from a distance). We stopped in St. Michaels platz where the main palace entrance is. They have an excavated area in front showing walls dating back to Roman times. Again, just nothing that old in Canada!!!

    The walking tour concluded at the square in front of St. Stephan's church. It is quite lovely from the outside. Interestingly enough, one of the towers is very tall and was completed in gothic style. On the other side, they had planned for another symmetrical tower but by the time they could finance the construction, gothic architecture was out of style. And so they put on a renaissance turquoise dome and called it a day.

    At this time, there was the option to go back to the boat but we of course opted to stay longer in the city. Since we were beside the church, we decided to walk in before moving on. Overall, this church was less ornate than some of the others we have seen but certainly still enjoyable. Next we walked through some of the shopping streets. The girls glanced into two different Swarovski stores. No one bought anything but we did see a Darth Vader crystal statue that costs 8500€.

    We continued to meander to see the opera house and the Johann Strauss monument. Tyler and Brett scared some pigeons along the way (Brett succeeded in finally kicking one).

    Next we went looking for lunch. We went to Baker Strasse (Verena had suggested it). We found a restaurant that was certainly off the beaten path with quite reasonable prices. All of us had Wiener schnitzel. Following lunch, our group split up. Rae, Celeste, and Kelly went for a bit of shopping before catching a bus to the boat. Tyler, Brett and I continued to explore.

    We wandered to the Volksgarten (roses). It was beautiful and had a lovely aroma. There were rows of trees with placards and dedications ... not sure of the significance but just seemed very special and important.

    We walked to the ring road to see the lovely buildings again. We saw the parliament and two museum buildings. We also enjoyed the statue of Marie-Therese in the middle of the museum buildings.

    Next was the Heidenplatz statue and the Burggarten. Again lots of beautiful things to see but we should probably try to learn something more about the history next time we come here.

    Brett wanted to buy schnapps and so we asked the tourist centre where to go and they suggested a nearby grocery store. The next order of business was to try the famous Viennese chocolate torte. Apparently it is a popular dish, but only one place can call it the original (by law, decided in court). This is at Hotel Sacher. We waited in line for a table, everyone wants to try it. We each had a piece of cake and a fancy coffee. The cake was quite moist and delicious with a nice tang from the apricot jelly layer in the centre.

    We slowly made our way to the bus pick point with a few clothing shopping spots for me and a stop at a comic book shop for the boys. Brett accidentally ordered a burger at McDonalds when he was trying to see the prices. Oops! At least it was still a few hours until dinner.

    We saw some other people from our boat and so we knew we were in the correct place. The bus was a touch late but still plenty of time until we would set sail. Back at the boat, we rested and showered for dinner. They scheduled the special farewell supper on our second last night to allow more packing time tomorrow. Probably a reasonable idea. Again a five course meal (or six course if you count the cheese... which I really must since it's been one of my favourites every night). Then it was on with sailing overnight to arrive in Budapest tomorrow near lunch time. This week has gone by fast but I really think we've chosen some awesome excursions along the way.

    Until tomorrow in Budapest!!!

    Brooke & Tyler
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  • Day77

    Wien

    June 23, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    "This means nothing to me.. Oh Vienna" (Ultravox.. some time in the 80's)

    Can't see that the eighties anthem has anything to do with the Austrian capital, but it keep looping through my mind the whole visit :)

    Headed to Wien - the pronunciation of which I love.. sounds like 'ween' - mainly to visit a friend Kinga, who I lived with in Paris many years ago. We were incredibly grateful that she invited us to stay in her apartment which was very central. Especially as this meant she had to decamp to her boyfriend Gerhardt's place for the weekend.

    Friday night we went to Museumplatz, an area where there are various museums and galleries and where people come to relax and meet. We had dinner and then finally - much to Stuart's delight - went for an 'Upsucker' (sp.?). Kinga had told Stuart about the 'Upsucker' in London a couple of years ago and he had talked about it ever since. It is basically when someone suggests one more drink - an 'Upsucker' - you cannot refuse. So as you can imagine, a real hardship for us ;D

    Saturday morning Stuart and I headed to a Viennese Kaffeehaus for breakfast (really all we are doing is eating our way around Europe!) which had been recommended to us. The typical Kaffeehaus was described to me as a bit dated and a bit sticky and it didn't disappoint! Quite atmospheric and the breakfast was good. Kinga was also very kind to invite us to a picnic on the Saturday with her friends so we got to spend the afternoon and evening meeting Austrians and other Europeans who live and work in Austria. I had my first taste of Wiener schnitzel in Wien though it was cooked by an Irish man! Delicious nonetheless! It was also when I finally realise Wiener means Viennese and therefore Wiener Schnitzel means "Viennese Schnitzel".. we also had some Topfenstrudel which when I googled it came up with 'CHEESE STRUDEL', but it is a dessert a little like cheese cake type stuff in pastry. Also very good.

    Sunday we had a personal tour from Kinga and Gerhardt around some of Vienna's sights. We saw Stephansdom, the "Hoary and Gothic" cathedral, as it is described in our guide.

    I had to look this word Hoary up and this is what the dictionary says:

    hoary
    [hawr-ee, hohr-ee]

    adjective, hoarier, hoariest.
    1.gray or white with age:
    an old dog with a hoary muzzle.
    2.ancient or venerable:
    hoary myths.
    3.tedious from familiarity; stale:
    Please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.

    I am not sure which of the three meanings the guide intended but I suppose it could fall in all three categories.. It is grey with age, looking quite dramatic with the grey rain clouds gathering overhead. It could be classed as ancient as it was initially completed in 1160 and perhaps being there so long makes it stale to the locals..

    We also saw the statute commemorating the lives lost to the Black Plague, wandered around the Hofburg palace which used to be used by Austria's sovereigns I think until the early 20th century. Kinga told us the story of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand which led to the start of WWI - which I did not know. Interesting story of a failed attempt and then an accidental detour leading to the actual assassination which is quite fascinating. In the evening had some drinks next to the Donaukanal (Danube channel), where interestingly people are allowed to graffiti on the riverside.

    Ended the night with a "Hotdog mit Kasekrainer" .. basically a hotdog with cheese in it in a roll.. mmmm!
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  • Day20

    Vienna, Austria

    July 4, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we first did a bus tour around Vienna, then a walking tour ending with some free time. While acknowledging some great architecture, we were disappointed in the large amount of modern shopping areas which took away some of the old world charm. Tonight we are going to a Mozart concert which hopefully will be representative of the period. The concert turned out to be great. It was held in a beautiful old building which used to be the stock exchange that has great acoustics. There were 10 musicians, two singers, and two ballet type dancers. They performed shortened versions of famous pieces which kept everyones attention. We then went back to the ship after a brief night tour of Vienna to see the lights for a after concert buffet. It featured a goulash type soup which was delicious. More food😄!Read more

  • Day81

    Catching up

    November 23, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Yesterday I met up Yichun the young girl I met in Brno and we had coffee in town and caught up on our travels. Told her I was heading to Vienna today and she is heading to Wales for a week in December. She invited me to come visit her in Taiwan in February. After I spent the rest of the day in town touring around spending my time alone on the city enjoying the market and the sun shine. Had a glass of mulled wine and met my waiter that I had at the Matysak winery tasting and caught up with him. He recognized me right away and told me how happy he was to have had me as a guest. So sweet! Their mulled wine was delicious. They were setting up the skating rink in the square and it will be open this weekend. It's so warm I'm not sure how people are going to skate. I heard today that little Muffin passed away. So sad, she was such a beautiful little bunny.Read more

  • Day83

    Vienna ...continued

    November 25, 2016 in Austria ⋅ 🌫 6 °C

    There are so many sites to see in Vienna and I have always been impressed with the architecture. This is my 5th trip to the city but somehow it seemed too commercialized this time around. We found some great passageways off the beating track with some interesting little shops.Read more

  • Day231

    Day 232: Filming in Vienna

    October 4, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Long day of filming today! Although I've been to Vienna and the world heritage area a couple of times already, we figured we should take advantage of things and film a video about the area. So we had breakfast and headed into the old town again!

    Started at the Rathaus (Town Hall), worked our way down the Ringstrasse and then across into the Neue Burg (New Castle). Unfortunately we were mostly retreading over ground we'd seen a couple of days prior, so we found it a little frustrating but at least we had good weather and a good idea of what to film.

    One place I wanted to check out that we hadn't visited was the Kaisergruft, the burial place of the Habsburg Emperors. Basically every Habsburg king, emperor, prince and duke was buried in this crypt underneath a small unassuming church off the side of the Neue Markt. It cost 8 euros for entry and dogs obviously weren't permitted, so I went in myself while Shandos headed to a nearby juice bar. It was pretty interesting, noting how the tombs and sarcophagi got more and more elaborate as their power and wealth increased, reaching a zenith with Maria Theresa and her husband Francis buried in a huge sculpted thing about the size of a minivan!

    The only notable exception I could find was Marie Antoinette (who was of course Maria Theresa's youngest daughter), which set me to wondering where she was actually buried. Turns out, nobody knows! Most French kings and queens are (or at least were) interred at the Basilica in Saint-Denis on the northern outskirts of Paris, but the tombs were all ransacked during the revolution, and nobody's quite sure what became of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's bodies. Interesting.

    Back outside into the Vienna sunshine, where we wandered around further before finishing up right at the centre of town at St Stephansplatz. Finished up our filming and had a typical Viennese lunch - wiener mit brot! Tasty. Shandos headed back to the apartment to do some work, while I had a further wander around city and did a little more filming. Spent some time in a nice cafe having a coffee and cake, then eventually headed back home in the late afternoon.

    Didn't feel like going too far for dinner, so we headed for a Turkish barbecue place up the road which looked nice and had good reviews. Tasty food, Shandos had some chicken shish kabobs while I had a pita bread filled with various meats!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Stephansdom, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Sint Stefanus-katedraal, Seu de Sant Esteban de Viena, كاتدرائية القديس اسطفان, Steffl, Сабор Святога Стэфана, Свети Стефан, Catedral de Sant Esteve de Viena, Katedrála svatého Štěpána, Καθεδρικός Ναός Αγίου Στεφάνου, Katedralo Sankta Stefano, Catedral de San Esteban de Viena, Vienako Doneztebe katedrala, کلیسای جامع سنت اشتفان، وین, Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Vienne, קתדרלת סטפנוס הקדוש, Bečka katedrala, Szent István-székesegyház, Stefánskirkjan í Vín, Duomo di Vienna, シュテファン大聖堂, შტეფანსდომი, Құдіретті Стефан соборы, 슈테판 대성당, Ecclesia Cathedralis Sancti Stephani Vindobonensis, Stephansdoum, Vīnes Svētā Stefana katedrāle, Црква Свети Стефан, Stefansdomen, Katedra św. Szczepana w Wiedniu, Catedral de Santo Estêvão, Catedrala Sfântul Ștefan din Viena, Собор Святого Стефана, Dóm svätého Štefana, Катедрала Светог Стефана, ชเตฟันสโดม, Aziz Stefan Katedrali, Собор святого Стефана, 聖斯德望主教座堂

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