Hotel Lenas Donau
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The Hoher Markt is Vienna's oldest square and was once a Roman outpost. Centuries later tourists stand where centurions once stood waiting for the noon chimes. Above the square sits the Ankeruhr an art nouveau clock.
Over a twelve hour period figures parade across the time piece. From Marcus Aurelius (the Roman Emperor who died in Vienna ...
... halls were lined with white marble and gold accents. People were flowing in and the street was lit up and busy. The concert wasn't a full-blown orchestra, though. It was about 10 pieces with woodwinds, a piano, strings, and brass. It didn't matter. The concert felt more private, as the hall was smaller than most. The pieces they played were from Mozart and Strauss including the Viennese waltz. It was surreal to me to think I was hearing a ...
... lined with benches, which almost always have someone sitting and enjoying being outside. The park features many ornamental trees in addition to the larger London Plane and Linden trees. There are some grassy areas for sprawling on blankets and entertaining tykes and pups. Throw in some statues and fountains for additional decorative value. I am often inclined to sing, "Strolling through the park one day..." I try not to sing out loud and destroy the pleasant ...
... tiled roof. The cathedral has 23 bells (Alex will love that fact), the largest of which is nicknamed 'Boomer' and is the second largest swinging bell in Europe - I bet you didn't know that! The whole city is full of bell sounds and we loved it, a little reminder of home...
So there you have it, Vienna in a nutshell. In the words of Ultravox, 'Ohhhhhh Vienna'!
(See, I can do intellectual too! So…poo bum! Viennese Whirl's incidentally, are British!)
We had a VERY busy day today. It was extremely hot and humid. I am not sure of the temperature, but we are talking soaked shirt hot. However, I was thrilled that it wasn't raining so bring on the heat! We started with a simple breakfast at a café around the corner from the apartment. Our first stop was the Austrian National Library. The State Hall is one of the most beautiful rooms I ...