Vienna

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As promised, a few more pictures from our week-end in Vienna. The weather has been fabulous, with a cobolt blue sky and sunshine.  Temperature could have been a bit lower though, especially on Sunday, but I won't complain; we had  a very good time and that's what matters!


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I didn't actually take that many pictures, "only" around two hundred. It was meant to be a relaxing break before the real vacation, and most of the time was spent sitting in various cafés, eating icecream or Sacher torte (of course), reading magazines and watching the street life.


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Stadtpark - the flower clock and Strauss' statue are two of the most photographed places in Vienna.


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And if you think that's easy to have a clean shot without lots of tourists in it during daytime, think again! What I did with the Strauss statue was to simply step aside and take a shot from the side, thus getting rid of all the people you see in the picture above and also getting a better picture, livier and more interesting that one taken right upfront, which most people do.


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This is what an upfront shot would look like. Boring and flat.


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Fiakers - a Vienna institution. They're pretty expensive, ranging from 50 Euro for 20-30 minutes to 100 Euro for an hour. For a family of four or five is a pleasant activity though. Fiakers ride round the Ring, along all the beautiful buildings and parks, and the guides are pretty good. Late afternoon is the perfect time, when it's not that hot and the pretty evening sky colours make their apparition.


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Ringstrassegalleri - the old car is an ad for a gift shop. Love vintage cars!


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Stadtpark - one of the many parks in Vienna. Sunday morning yoga.


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Palais Coburg - we love it! The price prevents us for living here while in Vienna (the cheapest room rate starts at 700 Euro!), but we usually have breakfast there. Breakfast rates are human and within the same range with Le Méridien where we usually stay, or other major hotels in Vienna.


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They have a lovely garden, it's usually very quiet, and the service is great.


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Lovely pink hydrangea. Had one of these in our garden in Sweden.


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Violet agapanthus - I'd love to have one of these, but they need to be in a greenhouse during wintertime and we no longer have one.



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