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... that impressive to me. The Washington DC museum had way more amazing minerals. In Vienna, there were only two long display cases full of large minerals. But what was amazing was the sheer volume of the mineral collection. Most were only about the size of a baseball. But there were three whole rooms full of them! Most of the little ones weren't that interesting to look at, so I mostly just scanned them for the ones with cool colors. The best were the blue azurites and ...
We joined the tour bus at 8:30 this morning, but after a driving tour of the ring road surrounding old Vienna we left the group and struck out on our own in the warm sunshine that lasted all day. With the exception of one short stop to see the inside of the St. Stephens cathedral, we spent the day window shopping and admiring the architecture. The first shopping stop was at the Jakob Meindl ...
... br> And night falls and we still roam the streets
Guided by a trusty IPhone offline map app,
(I have become Mrs Map)
Never feeling like we were lost
My goodness what efficiency in the train service!
So easy to follow
To arrive back at the hotel at about 2300
And my heart echoed the souvenirs
I love Vienna!
... one girl who was sitting forlornly on a marble rail, seeming just as annoyed with the situation as me.
I spent the next couple of days determined to stop feeling sorry for myself and walked through the city in a better frame of mind. I tried to get a feel for how the locals live and work by eating schnitzels and drinking hearty weissbier for lunch, and sipping coffee at bars in the mornings. But to be honest, there were hardly any locals about. Mostly ...
... evening to a wine bar, where I had wine and chocolate cake :) Yesterday I had lunch at a famous pastry and chocolaterie called Demel. They are known for some chocolate / orange cake, but when I walked in all I could smell was the waft of melted hot chocolate. Upon walking you in are faced with a counter full of delicious pastries & desserts, to the right are handmade chocolates spread all about for sale. I headed out the ...