Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Day in Vienna

Our cycling tour included a pass on the giant Ferris wheel at the Prater which was near our hotel. The Prater is an amusement park that was opened by Emperor Joseph II in 1766. The Ferris wheel was opened to the public in 1897.

After our ride, we used U-Bahn and a bus to transfer to our new hotel. The public transit system here is just excellent. We bought a 24 hour ticket last night that is good for the subway, trams and buses. There is no ticket checking. You just get on the subway. Someone may or most likely may not ask for your ticket. However, if they ask you for a ticket, and you don't have one, you get a 100 Euro fine and a free trip to the police station.

After we checked in, we headed back down to the old city, this time by tram. I wanted the authentic Viennese coffee house experience, so we went to Cafe Central.

This ain't no Tim Hortons. The waiters are formally dressed and a bit pretentious. I decided not to ask for a Double Double.

Cathy had seen a dessert earlier that she just needed to try.

This was a day on our own in Vienna. Tomorrow morning we meet up with our Walking Adventures tour group. It will be a different sort of holiday from here on.

There will be no Internet access on the ship, so I'm not sure when I'll post again.

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