Sunday, 17 June 2012

Vienna 2 - Saturday

Got hot & bothered (30 degrees) walking all day saturday & became peeved with the emphasis on shopping - the same things you can buy in every other city. The Opera Hse, St Stephens cathedral, Imperial Palace & Spanish Riding School were impressive but the hoards of big tour groups was irritating.

The famous Viennese cafe culture is epitomised in the very grand Central Cafe, with its vaulted ceiling, columns & guilded chandeliers. Instead of the much trumpeted artists & intellectuals, like everywhere else, it was packed with tour groups & souless.

Ended the day at a surprising English enclave near my hotel - The Four Bells pub selling Newcastle Brown ale & Bobbies a shop specialising in English food imports!

So I saw some grand buildings but didnt feel I'd seen anything that summed up Vienna.

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