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High end shopping

The area of our hotel is just outside the Habsburg palace complex and down the road a bit from St. Peters church the St. Stephens cathedral. In between these two areas us the high end shopping district of Vienna. These places always amuse me. I don’t wear a watch but I do enjoy the look of a nice timepiece. So …

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Karlskirche and Karlsplatz

J continues to be sick with a nasty cough and general tiredness, so I was on my own today. And what better way to be on my own than visit Karlskirche right off the Karlsplatz stop? Built by Kaiser Karl the church has a very unusual mix of styles, with the twin towers reminiscent of a Muslim mosque but the …

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Fingers crossed

J decided enough was enough, this morning (Wednesday), only 3 hours of sleep be damned this is our vacation and sickness shakes or not we were going out for a walk. K in his oh so charming way suggested a stop at The Pestsaule was in order.   What is the Vienna Pestsaule you ask, a highend juice bar?, pharmacy?, …

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Views from around Vienna

Vienna is a city that reminds me both of London and Paris.  It has the Royal layout that you would get from an emperor or a Kaiser, but is an efficient city with people moving quickly and to the point, more like London. It is also much cleaner than than Paris, much like London.  It is a very good combination …

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Olde time learnin’ at the Library

Our third stop on Sunday was at the Austrian National Library. It is said that this is the most beautiful library reading room in the entire world. I think they are right. This was significantly better than what we saw in Oxford. The library is again housed in a Hapsburg palace composed of marble, wood, and books. Also on display …

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Army of armor and Ephesus excavation

  Our second stop on Sunday was at the National Collections satellite museum ( in the Hapsburg palace) that displayed 3 distinct collections of: Arms and Armor, Musical instruments and a large display from archeological digs lead by the Austrians at Ephesus in Turkey. We purchased a combo ticket so we did everything! The setting for these three museums is …

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800 years of Hapsburg treasures

On our first full day in Vienna we hit several major sites.  We went this morning to see the Austrian Imperial Treasury. It was expansive. It obviously helps to rule an empire for 800 years. There were crowns filled with jewels from the year 1200 all the way up to more contemporary treasures.   In addition to this there were hundreds …

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Vienna Bound

Today , after another lovely free breakfast, we headed out to the Central Munich station to catch the train to Vienna. Good thing K likes to get there early because despite our ticketed departure time of 9:15, the train left at 8:50… so long suckers?! A pretty 4 hour journey but slow at times waiting for ‘train traffic’ -daudling before …