Linz an der Donau
Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
20Trip End May 15, 2009
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Julius Raab Heim - Hotel Sommerhaus
First, I just want to say two things. One, an old lady tried to help me across the street today... Does this sound strange to anyone but me?
Two, there's more snow in Linz right now than has been seen in years. Lucky me! :D I LOVES IT!
Last weekend, I went for a wander through the city centre to check out the "classics". I didn't follow any specific path, but I did bring a map as my sense of direction is completely whacked in this city.
Firstly I went to the Linzer Dom, or Marien Dom, the largest cathedral in Austria. I found it to be a lot more powerful than Stephansdom, but this could be because this one wasn't covered in scaffolds and filled with people!
It was very quiet, and cold. But awe-inspiring nonetheless, with amazing stain glass windows and a 134.8m tall tower. It made me think of all the beautiful things humans can achieve when properly motivated - that's right I instantly thought not of whom it was made for, but who it was made by. An insight into my mind, right there. Also while here, I nabbed a couple of postcards and a guide book - these were on offer on an honesty policy! So I put the right change in the slot and took what I wanted. Of course I used all my coins here - silly me, because every other church had something similar but I couldn't get anything because I didn't have the right change! Damn honesty!
Anyway from here I randomly wandered over to the Landhaus, a beautiful renaissance building which is home of the state governor, parliament and government. I hadn't picked the right day/time to go on a tour, but that's ok - it was still impressive from outside.
The streets of Linz are beautiful without being in a special place - tall buildings with old designs and large windows. I also found the Mozarthaus, which you can't actually go into, but where Mozart wrote some composition. This country is obsessed with its genius musician! Well to each his own.
I found myself by the river, after this. Across from there was the neue rathaus, the new town hall. Look I'm sorry Linz, I know your old townhall is a maybe not as great a you'd like, but the new one is horrible! So ugly! The best the guide book can say about it contains a large model of linz and is surrounded by pleasant cafes. I didn't go over there today anyway.
I went past the Lentos Kunst Museum, and got totally fooled by the "cars" outside. But again I didn't go in, I wasn't in the mood for an art gallery on my own.
After this I walked down the main street a fair distance, going through the main plaza (Hauptplatz) which I know pretty well by now! Hiding in a corner was the Jesuitenkirche, a church built for a minority at the time (17th century) but still allowed by Josef II. It was pretty and - finally - a church that smelled like a church should! No doubt it sounds strange to you, but I found the earthy odour to be relaxing. Every other church I've been to has an artificial smell to it but this place smelt like it should. So I spent some time resting my toes a while, until it got too chilly so I shuffled off.
The Carmelite church was my next stop, where they were celebrating St Valentine's day! It hadn't even occurred to me before that, but it explained the amount of couples I had seen and how utterly busy all the chocolates shops were :P
Anyway there were giving out free candles, so you could burn it and sit and pray. There was live music playing that was haunting and beautiful, and even a love letter from God! It was in German though so I said the man could keep it, hehe. It was another awe inspiring experience, and I sat for a while but I started feeling really sombre and humbled, and almost started crying just because of the atmosphere! Well now no more churches today I think. I did note that there are English services at 4:30pm every Sunday though, maybe one day I'll come to see the beautiful churches in use! Not that I am going religious but it could be very moving.
I headed back and ordered in pizza and beer for dinner. I love that I can get half a litre of beer delivered with my pizza! Nom nom nom.
Sunday and the rest of the week was pretty boring, although that's when the snow started.
Today, I was going out to find a great mall called Plus City that some students told me about. I thought some retail therapy sounded just about right, so I made the 50 minute journey out there. The food court (called MarcusPlatz) was really something, a giant dome surrounded by beautiful statues, false building entryways, statues, plants... well you had to be there (and my camera battery ran out and I forgot the spare so I can't show you, either). However, other than this, it wasn't worth the trip. There's plenty of shops, but Marion is bigger and has more variety! Sometimes I forget I'm in a town one fifth the size of Adelaide, so when people say it's the biggest shopping centre with everything you could need I got a little excited (thinking of something like Pacific Fair or the likes!). Ah, well, it kept me occupied.
Oh and after all that, I walked down to the local shops and bought some new jeans (my zipper broke right before I had to give a brief presentation on Friday at uni, can you believe it?? Ugh) and a cute top. What do you think? :P
Tschüss, missing everyone heaps! Xoxoxo