Arrival in Austria
Trip Start Apr 25, 2013
155Trip End Nov 02, 2013
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On first glimpse, the city itself seemed somewhat underwhelming. We found the nearest U-Bahn station and made the short trip from the city centre to Langenfeldgasse in the southwest. Our Star Inn hotel was just a minute from the station. Dinner that evening was at Ernies, a small restaurant 100 metres from the hotel
The next day, Sunday was designated to exploring the city of Vienna. We had booked a tour for Monday, but overall, there just didn't seem to be much to do in the area. We wandered around town for a time, the most spectacular building being the St Stephens Cathedral, towering above the city. We purchased a cheap fish sandwich for lunch, and spent some time in a church listening to singing. I'm a bit wired lately, stressed, stretched, strained and I cant fully explain it. I feel, overloaded, theres been so much to take in over the last four months, I need time to digest it, let it soak in, and decide what to make of everything and whats next. My brains been bombarded and neglected, I havnt given it much attention for a while. We've been so busy! As such, we spent the afternoon relaxing at the hotel.
Just before entering St Stephens, we were sold opera tickets by a street vendor. I generally try to avoid being seduced by these creatures, but his suggestion and show on offer just sounded good, and when in Vienna, classical music seemed appropriate. Prior to heading to the Opera we squeezed in another schnitzel at Ernies. This time, stuffed with cheese, peppers and ham. Amazing. The show started around 8. It was performed by the Royal Orchester in the Grand Hall at the Palais Niederosterrich. The playlist consisted primarily of Mozart and Strauss, but also included some tenors, comedy and traditional dancing. It was a pretty good show overall, with a glass of champaign included. Tomorrow, Natalie, me and my broken toe, have a date with some bicycles.