Europe, phase 2
Trip Start Oct 17, 2007
49Trip End Feb 04, 2008
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We mastered the transit system quite easily and zipped around the city taking in the sites, experiencing déjà vu every five minutes. "Oh! I've been there!"; "Eee! I saw that!"; "Whoa! I remember this!"; "Hey! I took a picture here!". Without knowing it, we were all-knowing. You know what I mean?
It's important to mention, because it was such a defining factor in Vienna, that we were freezing our asses off
Our whirlwind déjà vu tour of vast, beautiful Vienna included the two palaces, the Hofburg in the centre of the city, and the Schloss Schonbrunn, both residences of the formerly glorious and now fallen Habsburg Empire. Both magnificent places, their grounds do them better justice in the spring when in full bloom, as was the case when we originally saw them. The grandiose parliament building was stunning by day and night when lit, and the towers of city hall were surrounded by the traditional Christkindlmarkt, selling crafts, warm wines, food, warm woolly hats (sucked in, we bought some ASAP), and many other things that are cozy and appealing during the winter season. Down the road was the Museumquartier
Really, Vienna is a historical, architectural and museum buff's paradise. Any type of museum that interests you, you will find it in Vienna. If museums don't interest you, you will still find one that does in Vienna.
Although we remembered much about the city, it was good to see Vienna once again, if only for a day and to appreciate how ancient and yet how modern one city can manage to be.
Seriously, don't expect a rating; we were too frozen and jetlagged. That we managed to walk around with eyes open and without splitting into two like an icicle is a gold star achievement in itself.