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  • Day7

    MNP Meetings and Wine Tavern

    October 17 in Austria

    This mornings meeting was at the beautiful Hofburg Palace. The ballroom, the meeting was in had amazing paintings on the walls and the ceiling. It was a little cramped however, the partners I talked to said it was worth it.
    Afterwards we had a late lunch with our good friends Gerald and Myrna Braaten from Swift Current. Celeste booked Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant. We then proceeded to check out a famous dessert place Cafe Sacher. The line up stretched outside for a bit. It was well worth the wait .
    Tonight’s fun activity was we all went to various Wine Taverns. The one we went to dates back the mid 1600s. We had wonderful Austrian buffet dinner while musicians played.
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  • Day5

    Today was an early rise because we had a 715 am flight from Kraków to Vienna. Upon our arrival at our hotel, we unpacked and headed out to Schonbrunn Palace.
    The palace was beautiful. We did the audio tour of all the rooms. It was amazing to see how the Hapsburg dynasty lived in their summer palace. The rooms were so well decorated and the masterpieces of artwork with a high attention to detail impressed both of us.
    Afterwards we strolled through the gardens eating my new favourite chips.

    Tonight was the MNP Opening Reception. MNP has come along way since 1997 ( our first trip) when there were 40 couples in Rome. Tonight we had 1500 people in 3 different ballrooms. Each room had different live entertainment and foods to try as part of tonight's theme " Taste of Austria.
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  • Day8

    Vienna City of Music

    Yesterday in Austria

    Our MNP tour today was a walking tour focusing on the city and music history. We learned a lot and in particular about all the places Mozart lived and hung out. It was good however I thought they would cover more places but you can only do so much in a day. Our tour guide struggled with English and was a kind of monotone.
    The church included here is St Michael’s, this is the 3rd most important church in Vienna and it is also the place where Mozart’s funeral was.
    Our tour ended with a 1 hour concert by a 13 piece orchestra plus 2 opera singers and 2 dancers doing Viennese waltzes ballet style. This was the best part of the tour.
    Our dinner group included couples from Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Montreal. The restaurant we went to was excellent.
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  • Day66

    Vienna

    August 11, 2017 in Austria

    We have four whole days in Vienna so today we had a relaxed morning before catching a train on the subway into Karlsplatz one stop from the town centre. We had lunch at Naschmarkt, Vienna's most popular market which has existed since the 16th Century. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River, it is about 1.5 kilometres long and has an amazing range of fresh fruit and vegetables, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods such as bread, meats, and seafood. There are also many small restaurants and stalls selling clothes and other souvenirs.
    We walked around OldTown for the rest of the day and night and saw just a fraction of its beautiful buildings. It was a surprise at every turn - we just couldn't stop ourselves going through just one more arch to see what was on the other side even when we were freezing (yes freezing - caught us by surprise), and hungry!
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  • Day67

    Vienna

    August 12, 2017 in Austria

    A night of culture followed our bus touring day - a Vienna Mozart Concert at Musikverein Goldener Saal (Golden Hall) - yes even Alan! The music was wonderful. The Concert Hall, home the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world due to its highly regarded acoustics.

  • Day68

    Vienna

    August 13, 2017 in Austria

    Today we took the bus line to Burgenland, the easternmost and least populous state of Austria. It was another chance to see more of Austria. The drive went through wine country and farms and little quaint villages. We got to see the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, the capital of the Burgenland state. It was constructed in the late 13th century. For many years musician and composer Joseph Haydn lived and worked at the court of the Esterházy family in Eisenstadt. Rozzie may have been a little excited about today's trip 😊 to see Hayden's house and where he lived and worked. Also on our program today was a stop at Lake Neusiedl which is the largest endorheic (closed drainage basin) lake in Central Europe, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border. The lake is known as the "Sea of the Viennese", as it offers sailing and windsurfing at a reasonable distance from Vienna. Bordering the western shore of the lake is the town of Rust. As well as being known for its wines, Rust is also known for having a stork nest on the chimney of most of its houses. A special "Association for the Protection of the White Stork" has been successfully conserving and creating feeding areas and taking care of nests. The stork population has stabilised over the past few years and in the summer months approx. 15 pairs breed on top of the chimneys of the old houses where they rear approximately 32 young storks.Read more

  • Day69

    Vienna

    August 14, 2017 in Austria

    Last day in Vienna. Went to Schonbrunn Palace. Although we didn't tour the inside of the Palace, just walking around its vast grounds was enough. We got fantastic views of Vienna from the Gloriette.
    We then took a boat ride on the Danube canal to the Freudenau lock and the yacht harbour "Marina Vienna". Tomorrow we head to Budapest.

  • Day183

    Christmas eve and Christmas day

    December 26, 2016 in Austria

    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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  • Day67

    Vienna

    August 12, 2017 in Austria

    Today we took two different bus routes around Vienna - one around the city which gave us a better idea of its layout and one to the outer suburbs of Vienna and lower Austria. We stopped at a lovely wine town called Grinzing and had a delicious lunch and the biggest glass (mug) of wine. The bus continued on to the Kahlenberg, which is a hill some 484 metres high and lies in the Vienna Woods - a popular destination for day-trips from Vienna. You get a great view over the entire city. We then drove on to a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery in Lower Austria - Stift Klosterneuburg. A beautiful scenic drive.Read more

  • Day178

    Vienna Rathaus Christmas Market

    December 21, 2016 in Austria

    There was no more snow when we awoke the next morning but what had fallen the previous night had stayed. We waited until it was nearly dark before setting off on the U-bahn to Vienna's largest Christmas Market. Emerging from the underground station we each inhaled sharply - it was a winter wonderland! Gorgeous fluffy snowflakes were falling all around and had layed a thick white coat on the ground, trees and buildings. It was even better than we had hoped for! We made our way through the small park at the back of the imposing Rathaus (City Hall) and were greeted with the warm lights, smell of glühwein and sound of a children's carousel that lay at the edge of Vienna Christmas World and Market. 150 stalls were arranged in the Rathaus grounds and decorations lit up the snow laden park, whose paths were lined with elegant wrought iron benches. Not only was the park decorated, but it had an ice skating rink and pathways that skaters of all ages were enjoying.

    Skirting round the edge of the market we came to the brightly lit main entrance archway, over which we could see the illuminated Rathaus in all its glory. It was a stunning building, tall and elegant with pointed towers reaching up to the snowy sky. The bare trees on the boulevard fronting the Rathaus grounds had been wrapped in fairy lights. It was all so beautiful, we were both feeling rather overwhelmed. Vicky reacted by trying to photograph everything in sight and Will had a glüwien!

    After perusing the stalls and treating ourselves to a little red bauble with a snow scene and 'Vienna' painted on it, Vicky's fingers were getting painfully cold. Looking around for somewhere to warm up, we saw people shuffling in and out of the Rathaus. After negotiating the beautifully smooth but treacherously slippery marble steps, a lovely warm scene was revealed to us. The inside of the hall was lit up and decorated and a cafe was serving hot drinks. Children were decorating gingerbread and being encouraged to post letters to Santa. We settled down to a warming punch, hot chocolate and sascher torte which reinvigorated us before we finished the rest of the market and negotiated the underground system to get back to Poppy and the van.

    Our time at this Christmas market had been a magical experience and one we will remember for a very long time! If you'd like to see a short video filmed at the market visit our channel at: https://youtu.be/yRA8zznywuI
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