Tag Archives: Vienna

Train

Friday, 22 July 2011

A few shots from the train between Vienna and Krakow.

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A better way to drive

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A better way to drive

This is while we were in station in Vienna. Drivers were loading automobiles into the train “next door” and it was so fun to watch. Top layer or bottom – they’d drive them all the way up towards the front, one by one! These weren’t vehicles for sale, by the way – looked like personal vehicles to me.

On the train, an overnighter, I met a fellow Aussie traveler and had a great (but brief) chat with him before we went to bed in our cabin of six. We talked about Aussie politics and travel, mostly. He had glowing things to say about the rural Croatian and Italian coast. A few shots from the windows, looking out at the early-morning Polish countryside:

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A lovely view

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A lovely view

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Markets

Monday, 18 July 2011

Vienna is also known for its street markets, and I wandered through two of them today. Here, have a look:

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Vienna Market

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Vienna Market

This last close-up of a dizzying array of diverse fruits in a small space is for dad:

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Vienna Market

I ate some delicious blueberries as I took many of these photos.

The only market repartee of note occurred with a vendor who had Indian sheets for sale. What was the price? 35 Euro, he said, which is about $50. “They’re handmade,” he explained, somewhat disingenuously. Maybe they’re hand-printed, but they certainly are not stitched by hand. And I explained that I already bought several other sheets in India, for which I paid 300 rupees – about $6.50. So he asked me how much I’d be willing to pay, in Austria. “6 euro,” I said, and he put his merchandise away. I don’t blame him – it was a ridiculous, low-ball offer on my part. I’m sure he paid more than that wholesale. But I already have several sheets, and have no need of others – and his own original asking price was just as ridiculous in the opposite direction.

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Beer

Monday, 18 July 2011

Speaking of outdoor beer, and drinking outdoors, this is one of the common sources for said beer – a street stall. This particular one is a sausage stall, but others offer pizza, kebabs, doner sandwiches, or noodles. You can get your sausage in a bun with ketchup and mustard, or sliced on a paper tray with the same. And they sell soda, and ice tea products, and beer, all of which you typically consume standing up on a stainless-steel ledge which rings the stall.

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Street food!

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Today

Monday, 18 July 2011

Part of my afternoon today – the most peaceful, enjoyable part, actually – was spent with a beer, my budgeting textbook, and a potted marigold. Here, see for yourself:

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Mmm, financials. And beer.

This was in the plaza just in front of Karlskirche, in Vienna. Wondering what that is? According to wikipedia:

In 1713, one year after the last great plague epidemic, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo, who was revered as a healer for plague sufferers.

…And this is what it looks like:

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Karlskirche

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Karlskirche

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Karlskirche

Incidentally, in Vienna, as in much of Europe, it’s perfectly legal to drink outdoors, wherever your feet may take you. You don’t have to stay confined within a restaurant’s gated chairs and tables; you can drink at the park! In the metro! While strolling through a streetmarket! And I think that is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

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Accommodations

Sunday, 17 July 2011

My hostel is located some distance away from the city centre. Nevertheless, it’s costing me more than anywhere else on this trip to stay here. I’m not too upset – I didn’t have the time I normally do to prepare, so I had to find a place at short notice – but it is true that, in general, prices in Vienna are rather high. That said, here is a shot of my hostel from the outside:

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The hostel

It’s an industrial-scale operation here; I think there are more than 100 beds in multiple buildings. This is my bunk (the one on top):

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The hostel

I usually like taking the top bunk when I travel, on trains or in hostels. You’re more removed from the noise and bustle on the ground, which is good when you’re sleeping with lots of people around. And, you can sleep with your valuables up there and no one is likely to crawl over you to spirit them away while you sleep. Plus, it comes with a view:

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The hostel

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A Viennese Street

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Pretty, isn’t it?

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A Viennese Street

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Rathaus

Sunday, 17 July 2011

So, the Viennese, with no sign of irony, call their City Hall the Rathaus. When I saw it today though, it was doubling as the venue for a major Film festival, with this huge screen parked (incongruously) in front:

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The Rathaus, in all its glory

Perhaps to go along with the international theme, there were a host of international cuisines – perhaps a dozen – available for purchase in the large park bordering the Rathaus. And if you’re wondering what the Austrian Parliament looks like, I’ve got that covered too:

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The Austrian Parliament

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Beethoven

Sunday, 17 July 2011

One of the many houses that Beethoven lived at in Vienna. I didn’t get to see the interior though, as it was a bit too late in the evening:

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Beethoven lived behind barred windows

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Subway

Sunday, 17 July 2011

A shot of the subway I ride back and forth from Vienna to my hostel every day. This shot is at night, which is why it’s mostly empty:

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Beautiful and empty

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Painter

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Vienna is one of many cities in which artists will paint strange, new-age-like visions of planets and suns and oceans and snowy trees – all jumbled up together – right before your eyes. With spray paint. I’m embarrassed to say that I actually like some of the work they produce; it’s certainly striking. In any case, here’s one of the artists in Vienna, painting in front of a crowd of spectators:

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Making art

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