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We Came, We Saw and We Were Conquered -Vienna
Bonnie Moss (c)September,2013

Mid-Eastern Europe-  Part 2 VIENNA
We Came, We Saw, We Were Conquered

Vienna, here we are!
Checking in- K&K Palais Hotel

Images of the Danube comes to mind-poetic, romantic waltzes were composed,inspired by the Danube.We were not disappointed with what Vienna had to offer.
First stop was lunch.

As in Prague, it was early afternoon we got to the hotel. Indeed, we came to conquer this part of the world- instead its culture, history, beauty and majestic art conquered us.
St. Stephen Cathedral

It was a good choice to stay as it was walking distance to their town square where the majestic and imposing St. Stephen Cathedral stands.

Vienna is a smoker's paradise.The air was full of cigarette smoke and the square and streets were littered with butts.The square was was lined with open air cafes. Since Vienna boasts of being a musical city, there were men dressed in period costume of Mozart handing out flyers of the evening concert.

There was a display of horses and carriages for any tourist who wants a leisurely tour of the city. We've seen these in New York city, they are also in Quebec city. None of the group could resist a ride to tour the city.

Vienna is the capital city of Austria. It is regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy. Musical prodigies include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg.

Off we went and we feasted our eyes on the beauty of Vienna, admired the architecture and kept saying, Oh yes, we are in Europe It was a leisurely tour as cameras went clicking at the sights before us. Schonbraun Palace Rococo art

Art Noveau Vienna City Hall

Vienna is referred to as the City of Dreams-being the home of the world's first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud. Its roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed it to a Medieval and Baroque city, capital of Austro-Hungarian Empire. Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles including Baroque castles and gardens. It boasts of grand buildings,rococo art,monuments and parks. Art and culture has a long tradition in Vienna, including theater, opera, classical music and fine arts.

Vienna is designated as Unesco World Heritage Site.Worthy of note are the architectural style in Vienna. There is the Romanesque,Ruprechtskirche and Baroque. Styles range from classicist buildings to modern architecture. .

There are more sights and images that clearly capture the activities and interests of the group.

So much to see and memories to cherish. Next stop is Salsburg.