2015 Vacation — Day 2

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VIENNA

Dinah and Bill Smith

Dinah and Bill Smith

PARENTS ARRIVE

Bobbie’s parents arrived looking very good for having had a mishap on the way. Their flight was cancelled AFTER they had already been sitting on the ground in a fully-loaded aircraft. Apparently, there was some type of mechanical failure or serious concern, so all passengers got off the plane, retrieved their luggage, and made alternate arrangements. Luckily, Bill and Dinah were able to get another flight out within 24 hours and only missed one day of vacation.

 

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

As Bill and Dinah settled in to their hotel room, Bobbie and I walked around the neighborhood to find a pharmacy for some aspirin (“Bayer”, of course).

During our ride to the hotel on the previous day, the driver, in pointing to various landmarks, mentioned that the Kempinski hotel was a block from the Hilton, where we were staying. Now, for me, this was very intriguing as I had remembered having had a wonderful Wienerschnitzel at the Kempinski in Berlin a few years earlier. So, I was eager to find the hotel and make a dinner reservation, which we did.

 

 

Hofburg Wien

Hofburg Wien

After our walk, we met up with Bill and Dinah to explore Vienna. We took a walk past Zum Leupold and then on to see the first of the Hapsburg palaces, the Hofburg Wien.

www.hofburg-wien.at

 

 

 

Porzellan from the Hofburg Palace

Porzellan from the Hofburg Palace

We took a tour and saw room after room, filled with the porcelain and silver and gold that was used when holding state dinners over the past couple of centuries. It was very impressive. I unknowingly snapped a few photos until I was advised that it was “verboten”.

See the shot to the right.

 

 

 

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Menu

Café at Volksgarten

Café at Volksgarten

We stopped at a nice little café in the Volksgarten. Bobbie and Dinah ate grilled cheese sandwiches and Bill and I ate sausages that looked like foot-long hotdogs.

www.volksgarten-pavillon.at/#_=_

 

 

 

Beethoven

Beethoven

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The dining room at the Kempinski.

The dining room at the Kempinski.

The Kempinski at night.

The Kempinski at night.

 

 

 

 

 

In the evening, we did have dinner at the Kempinski. Bill, Dinah, and I had Wienerschnitzel. Bobbie had white asparagus, which was fabulous.

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