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  • Day1

    Marmeladenbrötchen im Justizcafe

    December 13, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Wien wirkte vom Flugzeug aus wie mit Puderzucker bestäubt, bei näherer Betrachtung war der Schnee jedoch schon matschig und verflüchtigte sich schnell.

    Nachdem wir die Koffer im Hotel abgegeben hatten, ging es mit dem D-Wagen Richtung Volkstheater und Museumsquartier. Wir hatten gelesen, dass es im Justizpalast in der 6. Etage ein Cafe und außerdem eine Außenterrasse mit hübscher Aussicht geben soll. Dort wollten wir frühstücken.

    Gut gelaunte Sicherheitskräfte durchleuchteten uns und zogen für die Dauer unseres Aufenthaltes den Amaretto ein. Die junge Dame meinte scherzend, die Flasche wäre dann aber vielleicht leer.

    Ein Besuch des Justizpalastes lohnt in jedem Fall. Die Eingangshalle mit der großen Treppe ist schon beeindruckend und wird bedeckt von einer riesigen Glaskuppel.

    Das Frühstück war ok, die Aussicht war schön ... wenn man sich die Baukräne wegdenkt. In jedem Fall war es ein netter Auftakt.

    Danach ging es auch gleich für den ersten Glühwein auf die nächstgelegenen Weihnachtsmärkte, die in diesem Fall der im Museumsquartier und der am Rathaus waren. Am Rathaus gibt es dieses Jahr auch eine Eisbahn.

    Irgendwann machte sich das frühe Aufstehen (02:30 Uhr!) dann aber bemerkbar, und nach einem Kaffeehausbesuch mit Kaiserschmarrn und Sachertorte fuhren wir für eine kleine Siesta zurück ins Hotel.

    Abends ging es zum Essen ins "Mozart & Meisl". Das hatte Britta im Fernsehen entdeckt. Eine urige Kneipe mit dunkler Holzvertäfelung, knarrendem Holzboden und netter Bedienung, in der man sehr lecker essen oder auch nur an der Bar etwas trinken kann.

    Nun sind wir platt. Morgen geht's weiter.
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  • Day14


    January 3 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Just a short stay in Vienna so we didn’t get to see as much as we’d have liked to, but packed a few sights into our 2 days. We started off at St Stephen’s Cathedral where we followed the hoards of tourists into the church and took the 343 step spiral staircase 67 metres up the South Tower to take in a bit of a view of the city. A few claustrophobic moments heading up as expected! The Cathedral had an amazing tiled zigzag roof which you can see in Ed’s photo. We had a wander through the Heldenplatz with some amazing Baroque architecture and gardens. Back to the Airbnb for some homemade Weiner Schnitzel. Yesterday we did a guided tour of the Concert Hall built in 1870 which was very grand! Wish we could of seen a concert as I believe the acoustics would be amazing to hear. A bit of a dreary weather day outside but we went for a walk in the gardens of the Schonbrunner Schlosspark next to the Schonbrunn Palace. I made Ed visit the big Greenhouse with me that was built in 1882 called the ‘Palmenhaus’. So many Australian plants and trees in there - makes you realise how fortunate we are with the native flora we have back home. Off to Prague in the morning :)Read more

  • Day26

    The Splendor of Vienna

    May 20, 2015 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    In the morning we took a bus tour of Vienna, driving by the concert hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the opera house, the city hall, the coffee shop frequented by Sigmund Freud, and many other places. As we walked to St. Stephen's Church, we toured the HofburgPalace, and went by the house of Franz Josef Haydn, the court musician to the Hapsburgs. Although the cathedral was magnificent, it had been decorated with ultraviolet light, and garish blue modern art. We took a few photos just to prove that we had been there. We happened to find Sacha in front of the church and asked him if there were a good coffee shop nearby. He mentioned one a couple of blocks away. We went there and enjoyed a good apple streusel and a cup of coffee. The streusel was not much different from good pastries I have eaten at home. The coffee, though, was magnificent. It was not as strong as espresso, but much stronger than any other "American" coffee I have ever tasted. When we had been there just a few minutes Sacha joined us. He and I got into another discussion on Mithraism, a subject in which he seems passionately interested. After lunch on the ship, I went to tour the Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer palace of Maria Theresa, (or "Theresia," as she is known here). Again, the magnificence of the palace was overwhelming. Another tourist and I kept wondering where she actually lived, this is to say, where did she spend her private time. There were two relatively small rooms near the corner off from her bedroom. Our best guess was that these smaller rooms may actually have been her "nest." Afterwards we had an hour free to ourselves. Since we could not take photographs above stairs, I got some shots out in the garden. Glenda cared more for the excursion with Chef Denes into Vienna to shop in the food markets. She brought back several goodies for me for the market, including a kind of Austrian cheese called "bergkase," or "mountain cheese." It was stinky, strong and delicious. After supper we went back to the palace, this time to the redoubt room for a concert of Viennese music by yet Vienna Residents Orchestra. Most of the pieces were by Mozart and Strauss, with a flute duet accompanied by orchestra by Doppler, and a movement for the unfinished symphony by Brahms. I had to pinch myself to believe that I was in Vienna, in the Hapsburg Palace, listening to the music of Mozart and Haydn. The room was recently restored after a fire destroyed it. It is the same hall in which John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev met for the Vienna Summit in June 1961. The man seated next to Glenda insisted on stomping his feet in time with the music, shaking the floor and disturbing all of us around him. On this, trip wonder follows,wonder. My "wow meter" pegged out a long time ago back in Cologne. After the concert it was raining as we headed for the bus. When we returned to the ship about 11 pm, Chef Denes had prepared for us a nighttime snack of Hungarian goulash, and champagne.Read more

  • Day4

    Dag 4. Nog eens dwars door Wenen

    November 7, 2018 in Austria ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Rustige nacht, zonder dat er om 5 uur 's morgens iets lawaaierigs gebeurt, dus ik begin uitgerust aan mijn laatste dag. Dwars door Wenen, beginnend aan het Heldenplein, met tussenstop bij de kapster om te eindigen bij het museum van Design.Read more

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