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The final destination of our Austrian holiday was the capital city of Vienna, home of the Strauss waltz, glorious artwork, and wonderful cakes! If you missed our photos from earlier in the trip, click HERE. If it's The Sound of Music you're after, click HERE.
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One of the first things we did in Vienna was ride the famous Riesenrad Ferris wheel, which is featured in our beloved Before Sunrise as well as The Third Man.
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Our lovely, spacious Design Apartment was home for the week. It is highly recommended!
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We ate our meals and relaxed on our own balcony, sometimes plagued by wasps and the noisy neighbors on the street below, but peaceful all the same. We think we saw a shooting star one night.
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Other views of our apartment
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A homecooked meal of pasta and Steinpilz (porcini). You can actually buy the mushrooms in the underground!
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On August 16th, there was a partial lunar eclipse.
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Our first full day, we visited the Museumsquartier.
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Our favourite was the Leopoldmuseum, where this cheery Klimt painting resides.
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My favourite artist discovered at the Leopold was Egon Schiele, who was only 28 when he died.
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We also discovered the work of brilliant but tragic Richard Gerstl in the Leopoldsmuseum and later saw his work at the Belvedere.
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The Nachtsmarkt was stuffed with exciting foods, including a kit to make Jamie Oliver's curry.
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A Viennese Space Invader to add to my collection!
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We just missed buying the 1930s Art Deco vase when a woman beat us to it while we were deliberating. A lesson learned.
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The Secession Building houses Klimt's glorioius Beethoven Frieze.
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We saw more Klimt, including Judith II and The Kiss, at The Belvedere
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Inside The Belvedere
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Karlskirche in reflection
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Hundertwasser's funky columns in the park
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Hundertwasserhaus, where people actually live
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Apartment size is shown by rows of tiles.
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Appreciating the Hundertwasser style
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We saw pandas eating at the Schönbrunn Zoo!
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And a buoyant polar bear
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The Neptune fountain at Schönbrunn
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Schönbrunn palace in the background

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A fun streudel demonstration was a highlight for us.

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We got caught in the rain, as did he.
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Outside Schönbrunn palace
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And inside
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Stephansdom
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Some Viennese text messengers
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Adolf Loos' American Bar
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An array of cakes at Café Demel
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We had streudel and chocolate cake
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Stephansdom
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A window dispaly in the Spittelberg area.
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We had applejuice spritzer with our lunch.
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Another fanciful chair, like Hallstatt's
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Ornaments on display in a shop window
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We couldn't resits this lad in lederhosen.
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A bunker left over from the war
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Etched glass at Sigmund Freud's old house.
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We enjoyed visiting the Freud museum.
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Strolling along the Danube, where naturists lurk
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I remember those days!
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Flowers on sale
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A very Soviet looking statue
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The famous Johann Strauss statue
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Nick mails a postcard to his mother.
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Rainbow flags outside the Löwenherz bookshop and the Café Berg
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Hofburg palace
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Swarovski crystals originated in Austria (as do Red Bull and Crocs!).
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The Anker Uhr, which parades historical figures as each hour chimes
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Seen in a shop window

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