Originally published 15 June 2013
Our ride to Vienna
Popping along at 200 ....and smooth as can be.
The girls browsing the web on the train
We had dinner last night in Salzburg. It was a so so affair, but they did have a cool table in the place.....pic is in the pics section. After dinner, we packed up in anticipation to our move to Vienna. We rose this morning, grabbed breakfast at the train station, and took the RailJet from Salzburg to Vienna.
Streets of Vienna
Vienna opera house
Parking ain't cheap......
What a way to travel. It's fast, easy, no security lines, no getting there 3 hours early, plenty of room, free WiFi.......why would somebody travel any other way? It does seem that trains in Austria are considerably cheaper than some other countries. It seems that trains in Germany cost many times what the Austrian trains did. We'll also travel by train to Prague...but the Czechs don't have high speed train railbeds as far as I know. We arrived in Vienna, and couldn't check in until after 4 pm....so we dropped our luggage at the hotel where they were kind enough to store it for us and headed out to check out Vienna.
Lunch in Vienna
Beer vending machine
It's Sunday...and things in Europe aren't open on Sunday. A lot of the stores and restaurants were closed, which isn't unusual. We had lunch at a brew pub kind of place which was very good then headed to the historic parts of Vienna. We took the trams and did the Rick Steves ringstrasse tour, and just got a good feel for what Vienna was like. We also visited a music and sound museum. After that, we headed back and checked in to our hotel.
Lots of space to stretch out
I booked a two bedroom apartment. I had seen pics of the apartment on the internet and one is always skeptical with internet pics. We checked in and were taken across a small parking lot to another building. We climbed an old set of spiral stairs up to the second floor (first floor in europe). We opened the door and walked in.....and the place is HUGE! I'd guess 1200-1400 sf!
David conducting a cyber orchestra
We have a living room that is around 25 x 25, two bedrooms (David and Sheree were kind enough to give us the big one), a full eat in kitchen with a dining room table for 6, a huge bath, with laundry facilities! It would be a VERY nice apartment to LIVE in...much less stay a few nights. And we got it for what two hotel rooms would have cost us! We're livin' large in Vienna!
We topped off the evening with dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant down the block that was great. To drink, I had orange radler. In Germany/Austria, they have a half beer/half soda thing called radler. It's usually lemon soda and beer.....but they had one that was orange soda and beer. It's often given to kids (low alcohol content...2 percent) but adults drink it when it's really hot. I tried it...and I LOVE it! It's very refreshing!
Off to bed.....another adventure awaits tomorrow.
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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