Hallo from Vienna!

Trip Start Apr 29, 2008
Trip End May 25, 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hallo from Vienna, Austria!

We arrived on Monday after a seven hour or so train ride from Cracow. Long day of travel with not a lot of room in the train car. There were six passengers in our car (three facing the other three) and we had a really crabby women in our train car. She did not like the fact that our luggage was touching hers in the overhead storage area. This gave the rest of us something to laugh about during the ride.

Vienna is a visual delight. We had an idea this city would be breathtaking however, it is entirely different seeing it in person. This is quite a large city so a big change from our Cracow experience. It is almost like leaving a quaint city to a major metropolis. Vienna is know as a major art hub in Europe and it is proving to be so. We have visited several art museums and sights so far - the Belevedere Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum (per Mike to Jim, it seems unfair to have an entire gallery of Brueghel paintings - which was impressive to me as well), Stephansom Cathedral (which is over 600 years old) and a more contemporary treat was seeing Hundertwasserhaus which is a fairytale-like house designed by Freidensreich Hunderstwasser in the 80's to bring life to the dull, grey, featureless social housing structure. This complex is very cool to see.

There is an interesting cross-cultural vibe here. This is the first city we have visited that we've heard people speaking English on the streets. Of course we hear German more often however, we have heard some conversations in English as well.

Today we have a few more things to see before leaving for Budapest tomorrow. We are going to see the "Venus of Willendorf" at the Natural History museum as well as catch a beautiful concert at the "Konzerthaus" this evening. We were lucky to ask about the concerts here because there are a lot of tourist targeted concerts with people all over dressed up like Mozart trying to get you to attend one of their more expesive concerts. We were lucky enough to be by a music store and asked a woman for her opinion. She informed us to bypass these touristy concerts and attend one at the Konzerthaus. Lucky us!

Well, we are off for now. Till our next blog. Auf wiedersehen!
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