Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
|We drove to Salzburg on New Year's Day and the drive was spectacular. The view of the Alps on the way in was beautiful|
|It is mostly farm land and rolling hills along the way|
New Year's Eve in Germany is called Sylvester.
Every other year or so the city of Burghausen has an official fireworks show and this year was not the year for it...but we couldn't tell...the average person can buy professional grade fireworks here so there was plenty of beautiful pyrotechnics to be seen from the castle view at midnight
|It was raining and foggy when we reached the end of the 1 mile castle walk around 11:30|
|This is the profile of Kimberly (an American with our group) as she watched the fireworks across the horizon and in the city below|
|It was only about 37-38 degrees or so|
|You could barely make out the church steeple below when the lighting was just right. It was a fun and beautiful night and definitely didn't feel like anything I'd ever experienced back in Tennessee|
Sunday, January 8, 2012
There's so much more I could write about of what we saw and did in Vienna ...but I think I'll close with these pics from the trip home. These are from the train station in Vienna that was still festive looking even though it was the 28th
The "Rail Jet" is a fast train that makes few stops
I love the snazzy red color of these trains!
We arrived early as we were determined not to miss it THIS time
We were on the platform early with our luggage
Here's the conductor coming down to check our tickets. I was ready...
I had misplaced our tickets once during the first half of our trip and had to search through my bags for a few seconds. I had seen Billy turn pale, sweat bullets and practically keel over - I didn't want a repeat of that
|The first job when we got back home was to take a walk in a wintery mix of snow, rain and icy stuff to take our glass to the recycling station.|
It was a "back to reality" moment. LOL
|Those were our two stools on the left. It was a perfect place to watch people do their shopping and was definitely an highlight of our trip.|
Vienna was a beautiful city to spend Christmas in...so romantic and dream-like
|Here I am in front of the beautiful St. Peter's Church where we attended a service on Christmas Day. It is very beautiful inside as well and is right in the heart of the Altstadt of Vienna. It was constructed between 1702-1732. It is thought to be the oldest Christian sacred site in Vienna and was where Charlemagne was thought to have founded a larger church in the year 792|
|The Vienna Rathaus in the day.|
|...and with lots of sparkle at night|
|I could have definitely gone for more of these wonderful wooden ornaments for my tree in Chattanooga next year.|
What a beautiful place this is... and it was amazingly well-kept. There was a large renovation project going on and we had a wonderful tour guide that gave us SO much more information than you are used to getting on most tours.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Vienna was beautiful!
All the streets were decorated for the holidays and literally glittered.
And here is the statue of Johann Strauss that stands in the Stadtpark (City Park) directly across from our hotel. It was a beautiful park and had a couple of very nice playgrounds for children.
Everything was so clean and pristine!
There are lines that go over many of the streets for the electric trains to travel on. I loved how these trains were so quiet and didn't have the diesel smell! They were great. In areas of Chattanooga, they have perserved the tracks our electric trolleys once ran on. After riding the Viennese electric trains, I wished they had perserved the whole system for us to use these days.