Our European Odyssey

This blog covered our month-long trip to Eastern Europe -- specifically the countries of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Prague's a Hard Act to Follow

First we would like to apologize for our recent tardiness in posting. It has surprisingly become increasingly harder to post as we travel to more Westernized countries. Unfortunately, it also looks like we won't be able to post pictures at all while we are in Vienna. We travel to Salzburg on Saturday and then on to Bratislava, and we hope to have better luck with pictures there. Regardless, we plan to post more pictures when we get home.

Moving on, we are obviously in Vienna now. We caught a 6:30 a.m. train from Cesky Krumlov yesterday and arrived in Vienna around noon. After dropping our bags off at our hostel, we started by taking a ride on Tram 1, which circles the Inner Ring and passes most of the city's major sights.

Unfortunately, Prague has ruined us. Though Vienna is beautiful, we can't help but compare it to Prague, the most gorgeous city we have seen. Between the two, Vienna comes up lacking.

Nevertheless, we did a self-guided walking tour that hit many of Vienna's major sights, including the State Opera House, Hofburg Palace -- including the stables of the famous Lipizzaner stallions -- and a few churches and government buildings. Perhaps the best part of the walk was that for the most part, it was sunny and relatively warm.

We should also mention that we are experiencing sticker shock in Vienna. Prices are expensive compared to what we were paying earlier in our trip (and even by Missouri standards). We plan to do a lot of grocery store eating here.

Today we are hoping to buy standing room-only tickets to the opera. We hear it is worth the long wait and the lack of chairs.

3 Comments:

At 5:32 PM, June 08, 2006, Anonymous Millie said...

I miss the pictures, but your descriptions are excellent. I hope you got to go to the opera, even if it was SRO.

And I am very glad that you found a place with lots of veggies.

Love you,
Mom

 
At 5:33 PM, June 08, 2006, Anonymous Millie said...

I miss the pictures, but your descriptions are excellent. I hope you got to go to the opera, even if it was SRO.

And I am very glad that you found a place with lots of veggies.

Love you,
Mom

 
At 5:35 PM, June 08, 2006, Anonymous Millie said...

I did not really send that lost post twice, but there seems to be a problem with posting comments.

Mom

 

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