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... the rain, you could tell you were in a magnificent place.
After the trip around the Ringstrasse, we set off on the walking part of the tour in the heart of the city. Here is where we were able to get a closer view of all those lovely buildings. We toured the main squares of the city and it reminded me of New York a bit. Horse and buggies just like the hansom cabs of Central Park were clip-clopping around.The streets were crowded ...
We lunched at the Cafe Central - a grand place with gothic ceilings, marbled floors and efficient waiters. In the centre was a glass cabinet showcasing the fine desserts. Jack enjoyed a Austrian goulash, wine, apple strudel and a coffee. Deb tried their pumpkin soup with a glass of wine.
After lunch, it was back to tour the Imperial Treasury. The first rooms displayed the crown, sceptre, orb and mantle of Rudolph, Holy Roman Emperor, the cradle of Napoleon's son that ...
... punsch or gluhwein. It was wall-to-wall people the first weekend it opened last year. Vienna has an early sunset in winter, so all the lights are especially welcome. And the punsch helps to stay warm.
Many of the huts come down after Christmas, leaving some food and punsch stands for New Year's. They set up a huge stage and screens for the bands to play starting early afternoon and running well into the early hours of January 1. After New Year's is ...
Riding on a Sunday you're more likely to be hit by another bicycle than a car. There are thousands of folks out on bikes making the most of their day off. Austrians take Sundays very seriously (as do, in our experience, Germans and Swiss). Nothing is open, Sundays are sacrosanct. In the country towns you'll often find an entire village having lunch together by a river, a church or in the village square. If they're not having lunch together ...
Our last day! Ringing every cent out of our HOHO ticket, we boarded the 10:30 boat for a cruise up the Danau Canal and a short distance down the Danau, 2 hrs in all. Not an exciting trip but we went through a lock, had a cup of tea, saw a bit of the skyline and just had an easy morning. We learned about the devastating flood of 1830 which turned north Vienna into a lake. To prevent future floods, a major, international ...