July 25 2009: Exploring Vienna and friends in Munich

We were lucky enough to stay at a hostel with a washer and dryer, so we did all of our laundry in the morning before heading out. While waiting for our laundry to finish drying, we walked around the perimeter of our hostel and admired the view of Vienna once more, and took photos of flowers growing along the fence line bordering a nearby vineyard.We also took some photos of each other near the fence:

Desi’s portrait skills keep getting better:

We didn’t have a whole lot of time in Vienna, so we looked at our map and found something close to a metro station – this happened to be Stephansdom, which is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Public transportation was great in Vienna, and in no time we got off the metro station and turned to our right to find what we were looking for:

The cathedral was larger than I expected, and was even more impressive once we went inside. Only the entraceway was available to the public, there are bars inside preventing the tourists from disturbing the services, which was slightly disappointing. Bars didn’t stop me from taking an amazing fisheye photo of this cathedral however ­čÖé

After our visit to the cathedral, we wandered around town for a bit. The streets of Vienna were full of people, definitely a lively city. Here’s a photo of a street near the cathedral:

Its also worth noting that Vienna was the first European country we visited to use the Euro. Many people also spoke English here, so that was a definite bonus as well. There was quite a number of tourists with larger cameras like mine, so it was also one of the first places I felt comfortable keeping my camera visible when not taking photographs. There was so much more to see in Vienna that we didn’t get a chance to, and it is definitely a place that I’m sure we’d love to go back to at some point in the future.

We headed to the train station and caught our train (with plenty of time to spare) to Munich, Germany. The scenery was wonderful between Vienna and Munich, here’s a sample of the sort of things we saw along this leg of the journey:

We had planned ahead of time to meet up with an old friend of mine from highschool, Elena. Elena was a German exchange student at Lasalle Secondary, and was quite welcomed in my circle of friends at school. We hadn’t really kept in touch since then, so it was great to meet with her and catch up. Her and her boyfriend took us to a nice restaurant and recommended some traditional Bavarian cuisine for us to try that was quite good. Since there were no hostels available in Munich that day, Elena’s parents were gracious enough to let us stay with them for the evening. On our way to the car, I made sure to snap a few photos of the general hustle and bustle on a typical street:

When we made our way back to the car, We headed first to Augsburg where Elena’s dorm room was to pick up a few things, then off to her parents’ place in G├╝nzburg. The home felt like a small castle and we were very honoured to spent the night there. Thanks so much to Elena and her parents! It was great to have a familiar face meet us as we got off the train for the first time since we left Bulgaria. Our first impressions of Germany were definitely positive. ­čÖé

Comments

  1. Diane Enns
    August 29th, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    Hi Don and Desi

    Great portrait of each of you in front of the vineyard with Vienna in the background…no question about it they absolutley need to be framed.

    The detail in the photographs of the Catherdral is incredible, what a spectacular building.

    The Scenic pictures of the mountains from your train ride to Germany are magnificent. Lovely photos of the city streets also.

    It’s nice to hear that you had an opportunity to visit with Elena and had a wonderful place to stay in her parents home.

    We are really enjoying your day to day updates

    Love Mom and Walter

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