Austria, Germany & going crazy for the sun
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
21Trip End Jun 03, 2013
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Anyway, getting back to Vienna - it is an absolutely gorgeous city. Over-the-top architecture, ornate trimmings, gold statues against white buildings, manicured gardens....Very stunning. I suspect it will look even more lovely once the snow melts and we can see the beautiful green lawns and gardens
We had already booked our trip to Salzburg, so even though we wanted to stay in Vienna, we headed off to Salzburg, the home of the Sound of Music! We stayed in this great hostel where they show the Sound of Music movie every night (no joke). Salzburg is really beautiful as well, just like a postcard - beautiful architecture surrounded by snow-capped mountains and picturesque scenery. It's got a much smaller town feel but of course it is a tourist haven, although luckily for us, being winter there were less people around. Good tourists that we are, we of course booked the overpriced Sound of Music bus tour which was really lots of fun. We had hoped to do it ourselves to save money, but seeing the distances between the sights, we were glad that the laziness had kicked in and we paid for the tour. We got taken out to the mountains where the movie was filmed, where we saw gorgeous lakes and huge snow-capped mountains with adorable little houses everywhere, and we also got to see the church where they got married, the little glass house where Leisel and Rolf sing "Sixteen going on seventeen", the tree lined street where the kids are in their curtain clothing, and so on
The next day we headed back to Germany, to Munich. Munich is a beautiful city, much better looking than Berlin, because after the war they rebuilt Munich pretty much exactly the same as it had been before. I love Germany. I think my blood runs German. I just love the place. I'm not sure what it is about it, I just feel at home there. The Germans are amazing in their innovativeness, their transport system, the FOOD (I was wrong about my earlier comments about German cuisine, I love it now), and they are just so ahead of the times. We visited Deutches Museum (the main one, and the transport one). The Germans really do know how to do a good museum. The Deutches Museum was probably the best I have been to, and detailed the achievements of the Germans (the positive ones of course!) I was just so impressed with their history of innovation, and also the very exciting things they are coming up with, moving into the future. Their problem solving approach and clever ideas about renewable energy, transport systems, reduction of pollution and carbon dioxide and many other things were fascinating
In Munich, we went on a walking tour of the place, climbed to the top of Peterskirche (St Peters Church) where we got a fabulous birds eye view of the city, visited Deutches museums, went to a beer hall, went out clubbing to Kultfabrik (no joke, it was like an Ekka of nightclubs - 25 clubs in grounds like an amusement park - pretty fun!), visited the English Garden where we saw people "surfing" in the freezing cold man made river (check out the photos!), and went to Schloss Nympehnburg, beautiful old palace grounds. We did plan to go inside and look at the jewels in the museum, but as it turned out, WE SAW THE SUN! Yes, I know that this seems strange to those of you back in Brisbane, but we have been seriously sun-deprived for the last five weeks
Well that's about all I've got for now. Sorry to the music lovers that I don't have a lot to report from Vienna, the classical music capital of the world. I hope next time I get to go to the opera and (fingers crossed very hard) get to see the Vienna Boys' choir. Sadly, I won't get to see the Vienna Philharmonic live because subscription tickets for this orchestra having a waiting time of THIRTEEN YEARS. Isn't that crazy? So different to Brisbane where a classical concert is usually at best a sea of white heads and a few uni music students. (& a whole bunch of empty seats).
I'll love you and leave you now - heading north again up to Santa territory - going to Helsinki (via Copenhagen) to catch a boat into St Petersburg. I hope the temperature stays in the positives.
See you soon all! Aufwierdersehn!
Lots of love
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