Airport in Vienna

Trip Start Aug 27, 2013
Trip End Sep 30, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, September 28, 2013

On way to London to spend the night. Using British Air miles to get back home. Lots of hurry up and wait. 15 minutes free Internet.

Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, was an hour and a half outside of Vienna. We went there as an optional tour on our last day. High rise Communist era apartments were everywhere. When they were first built they were undesirable; now they are refurbished renting for 50% over original value. As the apts. we're close to Austrian border they were surrounded by barbed wire to confine the residents. If they escaped the family would be punished.

We saw palaces and churches. The guides used VOX headsets and we had earphones. Our guide called them "whispers". John even enjoyed a beer fest with dark beer and roast pork & sausages. Last minute shopping was found in little stalls on the square. This city was located along the Danube which is frequented by tour boats going to Black Sea.

Our last night was spent in Vienna. We stayed in a Mercur Biedermeier Hotel. It was decorated in the Biedermeier style with lots of sitting rooms and cozy areas. Breakfast was always a big assortment of cheeses, meats, breads, along with traditional fare.

Our farewell dinner was on the outskirts of town in an old wine producing region. Wine houses lined the streets in an older part of town. Beer glasses were full of white wine. Platters of pork, chicken, ham, snitzel, sauerkraut, sausage and potatoes were put on each table. The meal ended with apple streusel as usual. They had a collection of wine bottle openers that we'll show you in the pictures. In warmer weather we would have eaten outside. Of course there were singers and an accordion player.

On the city tour we saw the Lippanzaner ? Horses in the stable, but didn't get to a show. St. Stevens Cathedral had a multitude of carvings that were amazing. The sculptor sculpted his own image in a couple of hidden places. There were even animals carved on top of the stairs to the pulpit. Note them in the pictures.o
When aristocracy died they embalmed them as the Egyptians did; so that different parts of their body could be shared with kingdom. Glass broken from was replaced by Swarovski crystal.
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