Christmas in Vienna

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  1. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    We booked our flight and have an Air B&B in Vienna for Christmas. We were there for a day two years ago and saw the preparations for the Christmas market in front of the town hall. That sealed the deal, we had to go. We have a beautiful apartment in the center of town for ten days. We're planning a few side trips by train. Should be fun.
     
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    That sounds awesome! Have a good time. Lots of pics!
     
  3. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Once again many of us are envious of your great European Vacations
     
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    Planning to attend the New Years ball too while there?
     
  5. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    We're flying home on January 1 so probably no ball for us. Probably a bottle of champagne and a Sacher torte for New Years Eve.
     
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    Nice! We were there in October but most of the city was closed due to a bank holiday. It is very nice and there is a cafe in one of the hotels that is amazing. I forget the name but it is world famous. Should be really amazing during christmas because the main promenade is very open with no cars.
     
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    Cafe Sacher in the hotel lobby. I don't drink coffee anymore but the pastries and desserts were incredible. You need reservations to sit inside but they have a nice cafe style with heaters if it is cold. Also, the village of Krems is also close and you can go to the monastery where they brew plumb wine and jams.
     
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    That sounds amazing. I can hear Mozart.
     
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    I hear Strauss and his Viennese waltz, polkas.:)
     
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    It's kind of funny. When we went to Europe, the thgouth in the back of my head was I could build a great power washing business here, especially in Prague. Lots of black mold but amazing none the less.
     
  11. John Celardo

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    Our travel buddy spent the weekend with us, and we bought tickets for tours and museums. We got tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir on Christmas morning. We're going to Brno for a day, which is supposed to be a mini Prague. There's a great 13th century castle in Brno that we'll visit, along with a few museums.

    If any of you have restaurant recommendations in Vienna, please let me know. Thanks.
     
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    Car service is coming for us at 1 PM. Talk to you all in 2019!
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I don't take up a lot of space. I don't eat much and I won't hog the wine. Is it too late??! :wink:

    Have a great trip!
     
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    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    We're baaaaaack! What a great trip to an exceptional city. If I wore a Fitbit it would have exploded. Our apartment was a fourth-floor walk-up, yikes. We probably walked a million miles. We had to change planed at Dulles, so it took 20 hours to get home. When I edit down the 500 photos I snapped an put them on Flickr, I'll post the link. This it the Christmas market at the Rathaus, Vienna's City Hall.

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    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Welcome home John and Happy New Year.
     
  17. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Welcome home indeed
     
  18. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    I edited more than 600 photos down to 180. If you're interested and have patience, take a look. Sorry, but I didn't get you any souvenirs.

    Europe 2018
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Dandy photos, John. Sadly, I have never been to Europe. How were you treated? Better than Florida residents treat people headed to Disney, etc, in Orlando? :grimacing:
     
  20. John Celardo

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    Too bad you haven't had the European experience Denton. We've found friendly people in every city we've visited, and almost everyone in stores and restaurants speak English. I helps if you try greet people in their language before speaking English. I took a year of German in college more than 50 years ago, but managed to remember a little. It helped a couple of times, but mostly brought on giggles from the natives.
     

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