Posts Tagged ‘Vienna’

Our Day in Vienna, Austria

The “MS Sound of Music” finally set sail late Monday night and we awoke to a foggy morning on the Danube River docked in Vienna, Austria.

Vienna is well-known for classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.


It was here also that psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud made his name.

There is currently an exhibit on display in Vienna honoring his artist grandson, Lucian Freud, who died two years ago.

His works are known for their “psychological penetration and for their often discomforting examination of the relationship between artist and model.”  Needless to say, unflattering photos of naked men and women grace the city.  Sexuality isn’t taboo here like in the United States.

Along with this advertisement for the show highlighting Lucian Freud, boobs and penis art and mannequins grace the windows in many stores,


Just to let you know that I do have a filter, the blue star is not on the billboards in the city!  And, for those inquiring minds, the star is proportional! 🙂

Now, let’s get our minds out of the gutter and check out the beautiful architecture that dates back hundreds of years!

And, one clarification that you’ll find on mugs, t-shirt, and other souvenirs, there are no kangaroos in Austria.  However, I found a cute little Joey-mama!


Here’s something very cool.  We noticed the Austrian Military and the Police outside the Chancellor’s office.  The U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner from Texas was in Vienna today presenting her credentials to the country’s Federal President Heinz Fischer.

They even played “The Star-Spangled Banner”!


I’ll leave you with a couple of interesting notes about Austria.

Vienna is the capital and the largest city in Austria.  Of the five million that live in the country, 1.8 million live in Vienna.  (The second largest city in the country is populated by only 265,000 people.)


And, of those almost two million, 82% live in apartments that they rent, 11% live in townhouses/condos, and only 7% of people in Vienna own homes.  Of course, those number change outside of the city.

I close by honoring another of Vienna’s stars, the late Falco, with one of his hits, “Der Kommissar”, even though he’s better known for “Rock Me Amadeus”.


Our Day in Bratislava, Slovakia

Greetings from the Danube River.  It’s going on midnight Monday and we finally just set sail from Bratislava, Slovakia.  By morning, we’ll be arriving in Vienna, Austria.


The weather today in Bratislava was absolutely gorgeous with a high of 72 degrees and I hear that snow is still in the forecast back home in the Quad Cities.  Here is what snow on the Alps looked like Sunday on our flight from Zurich, Switzerland, to Budapest, Hungary.


Because of a maintenance problem at a lock, our cruise did not set sail Sunday night from Budapest and we didn’t get to explore the city prior to departure.

Instead, we were bussed from the airport to a hotel in Budapest where we got on another bus and traveled two hours in the countryside to Bratislava, where we were supposed to sail on the first night.

Here’s a picture of that minutes long visit in Budapest.


Here are a few from Bratislava today.


We finally left Bratislava around 11 p.m. local time here and just crossed over into Austria now that we’re finally sailing.

Bon Voyage!


P.S.   Here are all of the pictures from Bratislava.