Stephansdom

Trip Start Dec 18, 2008
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Trip End Jan 15, 2009


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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Great Adventure has begun... Intrepid Journeys eat your heart out!
We arrived in Vienna very tired after a marathon haul from AKL -LAX-LHR-VIE...Premier Economy made it reasonably bearable though we didn't get too much sleep.
Got a bit cranky when we realised that - whilst we all made it- one bag did not...and unfortunately, it was Leigh's!! Austrian Airlines still can't find it, 3 days later!!
Day 1 in Vienna was cold like Christchurch but got steadily worse - and it was pouring at times, windy and very cold. The highlight was climbing the spire at Stephansdom Cathedral - 437 stairs, 67m. The view was great even if the day was not flash.We all made the climb - Pam's knees worked fine but the staircase was narrow and it was tough when we had to pass people. The backpacks made it very difficult.  
The cathedral was built and modified over centuries from the 1300s- it had been bombed during WW2 and the entire wooden roof has had to be re-built.
Train system was great, and we had little trouble figuring it out. Most people speak Englisch.City is starting to look ready for Christmas... Christmas trees are everywhere waiting to be sold. We guess that the Viennese pick them up on Christmas Eve otherwise they'll wilt in the indoor heating
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Hellooooo
Hi guys hope you having fun, get some more on your blog so we can see what you are up to. Had my last day at work yesterday, shame but have got a job already at Rangiora High School, Admin Assistant, school term only which is great. It is only for six weeks but they said would probably turn into a permanent position. Will be good to see if I like it too before I take it on. Kids are very excited about Xmas, we are hoping for a nice day. Well here is hoping you all have a wonderful Xmas, not too cold I hope, take care and look forward to your next entry. Love the other Leigh & Steve xoxox

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