Vienna Day 1

Trip Start May 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 08, 2012

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What a long day. An early train ride from Budapest meant we had a good deal of today to see Vienna. The scenery on this train trip was the best we've encountered so far. It's hard to take pictures through because the trains tend to travel between 125 and 140 km/hr. We had today in Vienna and tomorrow in Vienna. Only two days and we're going to try to make the most of it. We picked up Vienna Cards so we can have full access to all public transit while we're here. It's nice to walk around any city, but when you're trying to go to everywhere in a finite amount of time, public transit is your friend. We've used public transit- bus, water bus, tram, metro- in every city so far and it has been really easy and convenient. If Edmonton had a similar transit system to the ones we've been using I would stop driving to work. After an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing we even used the metro to go to an English movie theatre to see The Avengers in 3D.

We started our day at the Votive Church. At night, the spires of the church are lit and look like they have been lit with votive candles. If we can, we may go back tomorrow night to take pictures. Then we walked over to the Parliament building and passed by City Hall and the Burg Theatre on the way. Vienna is a big park city. We went through 3 large parks in the city centre today. We stopped for lunch at a cafe in Volks Garden. There were so many sparrows around the tables at the cafe. I swear they were waiting for us to drop food for them-they would gather on the ground around our table and some were even brave enough to try to come up on the table!

After lunch we went to see some art (mainly Monet and Picasso) at the Albertina. No pictures allowed :( After our daily dose of art culture, we made our way to a shopping district and went to the main Vienna Swarovski store. It was three full floors of sparkly jewelry, watches and ornaments. It was really difficult to get Darren out of the store ;) Once I had spent a good amount of euros at Swarovski we walked over to Stephansdom (another church). Please forgive the pictures of both churches, both seem to be undergoing some maintenance work.

We went to the 8:30 movie and we got back fairly late considering how early our day started. The movie was great and I always love seeing a movie when I travel. It's especially neat to see a movie on this trip.

Tomorrow will include a trip to The Belvedere, a coffee house or two and maybe the zoo (time permitting).
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Roberta on

i was hoping for a picture of Darren enjoying the shiny crystals....

mndlx on

Sorry man. I was lucky to get him the store for as long as I did. He was less than impressed that I jokingly implied that he was as excited to be in the store as I was.

mndlx on

We were leaving the morning I saw this so I didn't get a chance to get one for Jai :(

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