Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Vienna and Edlach…the pics

Wow – Vienna.  One of my new favourite places.  Aside from the food (pics added to that post).  We spent two days in Vienna (which was not nearly enough) and a day out in the Rax mountains (Edlach an der Rax was the village we stayed in).

Aside from enjoying the Viennese coffee houses, we did two tours of the Vienna, wandered on foot and whiled away time at the Prater (fairgrounds).   Sights included the Opera House, St Stephens Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, Karls Cathedral, the Anker Clock (at noon) and many others.
We were blessed with blue skies for some of the weekend, just seemingly not when I was taking any of my pics!

Sights of Vienna
Vienna

The Prater features in Before Sunrise and has a famous ferris wheel.  There was no chance I wasn’t going there!  As you might expect for a fairground on  a Monday in the cold of winter, it wasn’t exactly pumping.  Pretty much everything other than the ferris wheel was closed, but that suited me. 

Publish PostPrater

Edlach was brilliant too.  I recommend staying with friends who’s families’ run guest houses. We spent Sunday morning walking along the top of the mountains (from right to left and back again – which might not look far, but if you check the photos below, you will see that the snow was beyond knee deep in places – so much fun!).

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And on the walk we took in the views, appreciated the cross, stopped to say hello, took in more views, got thigh deep in snow, jumped for joy, made snow angels and drank icicle juice.  I’m not a morning person but this was worth getting up early for!

Rax

And we spent the afternoon wandering around Edlach and it’s neighbouring town, Reichenau an der Rax.

Edlach & Reichenau

And that was the weekend that was.  (A really great weekend. I want to go back) more photos on flickr (and there are plenty).

(Also, I've noticed I doubled up on a pic in the Edlach collage.  Sorry. Incidentally, that is of our friend's gues t house).

4 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous pictures! Glad you had a great time.

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  2. Great post! I like how you told the story in pictures. If a picture says a thousand words, this post is some 44,000 words worth without being boring :)

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  3. Wow, cool. Your pictures look a lot better than D's (Sorry D). Looking forward to taking the time to look at your pictures properly!

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