Category Archives: Vienna 2013

Lousy service

After a lovely Christmas break, you really don’t want a problem with your luggage at Heathrow. You really don’t want to stand around at baggage retrieval for a few hours waiting for the non-appearance of your bags. You really don’t … Continue reading

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Seegrotte

We’ve been on quite a few lovely boat trips in our travels. And not all of them above ground, either – the Blue Grotto springs to mind. But, easily the oddest boat ride was had today. We were part of … Continue reading

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Psychoanalyse this!

You don’t see a St Sebastian for ages and then, suddenly, two come along at once. This was painted by Andrea Mantegna in around 1458. It hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Kunsthistorisches has rapidly become my favourite museum…EVAH! I … Continue reading

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Doctor Fish

Schönbrunne was the summer residence of the Habsburgs. Marie Antoinette was born there before being shipped off to Paris to have her head cut off. Sisi spent quite a lot of time at Schönbrunne as well, making herself beautiful and … Continue reading

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Taking the tram

I saw my first St Sebastian for ages today. He was in a huge painting, surrounded by tin and enamel saints, in St Peter’s Church in the old town. Actually Mirinda thought the church was ‘hideous’…though I’m certain that had … Continue reading

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The Cult of Sisi

Apparently, she wasn’t very nice, hated being royalty and generally vanished for years at a time, missing out on seeing her children grow up. However, once assassinated, the beautiful Elizabeth, Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary, became a cult figure, … Continue reading

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No bratwurst today

We tried to visit the cathedral, along with about 4 million other tourists. We went in one door, hesitated a little bit then went out the other door. I guess some people would count this as a visit. There are, … Continue reading

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Octopus balls and Bratwurst

It’s always odd on a first day of a holiday when you take a plane. Well, I think so, anyway. You start off in a familiar environment. You enter an airport terminal where everything looks the same as any other … Continue reading

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