Hotel Schild Vienna
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... of the Unknown Rapist or "Erbsendenkmal". It was built in 1945 by the Soviet army to commemorate the 17,000 Soviet soldiers that died in the course of the "Battle for Vienna". The plan to build such a memorial first occurred in February of 1945, before the battle had even started. Hence the reluctance of the Austrians to revere the memorial and with having to maintain it in good order.
... the grandeur and opulence of this palace. We were not allowed to take photographs inside so had to resort to buying some souvenir photo books. Our guide suggested cutting and pasting photos available on the internet :)
Had another opportunity to spend some time in Stephanplatz in the afternoon when I was able to visit the Church of St Peter the Roman Catholic parish church in Vienna, built in the Baroque style. This church is believed to have ...
... she explained the history of Salzburg which I won't bore you with. Of course we had to see Mozart's house. Half of the group then went on a scenic drive into the mountains, to view Eagles nest, Hitlers lair in the mountains. We spent our time in Salzburg wandering around. There was a lot happening as it was Saturday. In one of the squares was a huge bike sale and show. In another square was a farmers market and yet another square had a beer tent and ...
Sorry, but I have to say it......Holy ****!!......this has been the coldest, bleakest day so far. -1! Honestly, it was so cold we couldn't tell if our noses were running cause our faces were frozen. Even some of the horses (tourist horse and carriage) had ear muffs/covers on. I kid you not!
We even saw a French bulldog in a puffer coat and HE didn't look like a Michelin man! I have to say Gav, I'm pleased you talked into the Steinie jacket.
Another selfie walking ...
... though it yielded delicious results) and keep me in the dark about everything.
Of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Vienna without at least a little misfortune, embodied by our fruitless search for a functioning ATM after leaving The Highlander. Oh well, at least we got to see the city one last time.
Our return to Vienna made one thing clear: We miss that city more than we perhaps thought we would. It is, after all, a great place to visit.