Day 6

Trip Start Jan 24, 2008
Trip End May 05, 2008

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

On Wednesday we started our guided tours to the places we had to find on our scavenger hunt. We first went to the Staatsopera which apparently has the biggest stage in all of Europe. We tried to go inside but we barely got through the doors when we were told we had to leave. I did at least get to glimpse the inside and it was beautiful. There was a large Victorian looking staircase and there were huge bouquets of real roses decorating the entire ballroom entrance. It was very impressive. I intend on going back there to see an opera at some point. Apparently when it was built the people of the city hated it and called it the "sunken box". The designer of it committed suicide soon after it was built because it was so badly received. It soon became well liked though and now there are something crazy like 50 operas a day performed there.  
   We then went to the Jewish museum and learned a little bit about it, but we didn't get to go inside. We then went to the Plague Pillar where Caroline shared a little bit about how it was erected after the plague epidemic finally ended.  
    We went into St. Peterkirche, which was incredibly decorated! The outside is beautiful but I wasn't expecting the inside to be as nice as it was. It was done in Rococo style so it was very over the top and elaborate. The frescoes were amazing! There was a mass going on so we didn't get to walk around and look at it more in detail. Caro and I plan on going to Ash Wednesday mass there, which I'm really excited about.  
    We then wandered over to the Parliament building. We had to go through this large park to get there. The trees in this park I think looked terrible because apparently they cut the branches off of them every year so that they don't get too big. The Parliament building was built in a Neo-classical style. There is a huge statue of Athena in front of the building. I really liked the architecture of it. Right next door practically is the Rathaus which was built at the same time but in a neo-Gothic style, it's amazing how different the two buildings are.
   We then found a nice little cafe and I got something called "Mozart coffee" which I couldn't resist. It was wonderful like all of the coffee I have had here.
    Oh and on a side note when Caro and I were just walking around later that afternoon we saw a real Ferrari!!
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