Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
Trip End Nov 15, 2007

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Sunday, July 9, 2006

Camping Wien Sud

Mary had us driving round and round in circles in Vienna looking for a campsite. Nobody was happy with the extra driving. She's been relegated to the glove box till she comes to her senses. We finally stumbled upon Camping Wein Sud, 8km from the city centre, and a big and shady site. The Europeans seem to look for the sunny spots and sit out in the sun for a good part of the day, while we hunt out the shade. We're all getting nice and brown, but it's not from sitting in the sun.

Vienna is such a pretty, clean and perfect place, picturesque to walk around. It was bright and sunny the two days we went in. Having said that, I was airing the camper on the morning we went into Vienna with all the zips open, and as luck would have it, we had a freak thunderstorm with buckets of rain which wet all our bedding and mattress (again). We had a damp night's sleep and hung everything out to air all around our camp the next day. Luckily it was hot again that day, so things dried quickly.

The day after we arrived we caught the bus and the U Bahn (gee we're getting good with public transport) into Vienna city and walked to The Prater Amusement Park. It was so colourful, a treat for kids to choose from all the different rides. Lou and Lynn chose the giant Ferris wheel and Des and I hired a teenie, weenie motor bike to ride around the park and see as much as we could in a short space of time.

The MAK Applied Arts and Contemporary Arts Museum was too huge, too beautiful too everything good, to take it all in. The displays were fabulous. We weren't allowed to take photos so we bought the book to take to the office.

We noticed immediately that the groceries cost us about 3 times as much in Austria as we paid in Hungary. The standard of living is high is Austria and cars, bikes and fashions are all the latest. We quickly got into the spirit of Vienna and purchased concert tickets to a performance of ballet, opera and an ensemble playing Mozart and Strauss at Palais Auersperg, a must when one goes to the cultural centre of the world. Then on the way home we bought pizza just to bring us back to earth.

We spoke to an architect Manfred and his wife Vrouwkje and friend Alison before we left the camp site and were surprised at the amount of traveling they have done. Manfred a Rotarian with the classification of 'World Traveler' because he is away from his Dutch club in Groningen so much, told us stories of their travels through Africa, the Sudan, Namibia and Kenya, planting a seed in our minds for further adventuring.
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Sorry to hear about the rain killing your nights! I'm sure the trip as a whole was great though! I would loove to see more pictures. The architectural sites held by Vienna are amazing. to visit and chat more about Vienna please feel free to visit

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