Strandhotel Alte Donau
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... for being his 'morning angel'. A free padded envelope worth €1.30: no big deal.
Almost the same words were spoken to me 2 days later in Vienna. I joined the very long queue inside the back entrance to the Opera House, awaiting the opening of ticket sales for standing space, 80 minutes before the performance of La Cenerentola (Rossini's Cinderella opera). It's a long time since I used to stand through 3 1/2 hours of an ...
... was a military genius, conquered many cities, and became very rich. He built his own palace to rival those of the Hapsburgs, but built it on a hill so he could look down on them.
The grounds of Schloss Belvedere actually included two palaces: the Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere. We began our tour by walking through the gardens by the Upper Belvedere, which included a huge reflecting pool, some flowers, and some cool statues.
We next went inside the ...
... with a cold and had not slept well the night before. We arrived in Vienna late afternoon and after dinner we went ashore for a Royal Waltz Concert in one of the concert halls. This was excellent value - a sort of Andre Rieu type concert with classical music (mostly Strauss) played by an orchestra sometimes accompanied by ballroom dancers and with a couple of opera singers doing some opera numbers, so a good mix of classical ...
... museum us girls split from the boys and everyone had lunch and did a bit of shopping, the department stores are still massive but very different to American ones and the quality of most of it wasn't too good. I ended up wandering my way back to the hotel by myself because everyone was doing different things and I needed to get ready for the evening. We had a group tour of a schnapps museum/factory which was really interesting and the owner was hilarious. ...
... of how real the war was. They even had holes in them I can only imagine were from missiles. The park built around them is also quite nice. It even has a 3 lane track with a high jump and long jump area.
I then headed to the downtown area to finish the recommended tour. I got to see a really nice small church and got to go inside. This random small church is better than 99% or churches in Canada. I then saw another very nice (larger) ...