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 Post subject: Woo, I get to go to Vienna
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My music history advisor is taking us to lovely Wien for a culture study (here is the class info if anyone is interested). Any sight-seeing tips?

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Oh, that's great, Terez! Wish I could go!!

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Summer Palace is quite nice.

Don't buy anything in Stephenplatz because the prices are comparatively higher than the rest of the city (most of the tourists end up in the Stephenplatz so the shops and cafes prey on them).

Ruprechtskirche is also quite nice


And so is Kahlenberg Hill outside of the city.

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I might have spoken too soon - I was the 10th person to sign up for the trip, meeting their quota, but two people dropped out today. :cry: The deadline for application is next Friday, so I hope that he can get some more people signed up.

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Greetings Terez!

Re: Sightseeing tips in Vienna?... It depends what you like, but I am assuming that you are a big fan of music :lol:

Seriously, dress up and visit the Bosendorfer factory/showroom, a 10 minute walk from the Opera house. Play on an Imperial Grand and let us know what you think?...

A sentimental favorite of mine was visiting the National Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) where you'll discover the graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss (father & son), and a monument to Mozart. It's a 30 minute bus ride from the inner city. From the main entrance, you'll walk through beautiful gardens before you're in midst of the Greats. I think that it's a pilgrimage that every musician should make in one's lifetime. Last time I was there, I placed some flowers over Beethoven's grave. Prepare yourself, because I didn't. For me it was very emotional; it was as if I had journeyed to the Earth's core - the energy was surreal. As I gazed over the monument for the first time, the opening bars of the Eroica Symphony kept resonating in my head, then I calmed down to to the elegiac 2nd movement of the Pathetique. A sublime experience, and I can promise that you'll never play Beethoven the same way either.

The Opera House, Hofburg Complex, St. Stephan's Cathedral, Schonnbrun Palace, and the Musikverein are also very good sites. Don't forget to sample the pastry too!

I was there in Vienna and Salzburg for Mozart's 250Th anniversary and the summer music festivals 2 years ago. I do a lot of landscape photography on my trips, and for me it was a musical and photographic safari all in one.

Will you be touring outside of Vienna too?....

Lastly, buy a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide on Austria or Vienna - Best $20 you'll ever spend for any European trip as it is an exquisite compact guide - pictures, descriptions, maps, schedules, history, etc.

Bon Voyage!


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Vienna pastry is good, I was expecting jewels for the mouth. But it was not what I had expected. However, the pastries are not as sugary as in the US which makes them a helluva lot better than the crap made in this country.

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I just got my trip packet, so apparently it's a go! Woo!

Thanks for the sight-seeing tips - most of the music stuff will likely already be on the itinerary, since that's the point of the trip (music culture). I think we'll have afternoons and weekends free, but not sure yet. Ugh, I hope we don't class too terribly early each morning...

If anyone is around and wants to meet for coffee or something, let me know!

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Terez wrote:
I just got my trip packet, so apparently it's a go! Woo!


Glad to see you manage to make the trip. I've never been in Wien, but I have one single tip for you, since nobody mentioned it: go here and have one of this.

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alf wrote:
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I just got my trip packet, so apparently it's a go! Woo!


Glad to see you manage to make the trip. I've never been in Wien, but I have one single tip for you, since nobody mentioned it: go here and have one of this.

Looks fancy. How many Euro does that cost? :lol:

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Terez wrote:
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I just got my trip packet, so apparently it's a go! Woo!


Glad to see you manage to make the trip. I've never been in Wien, but I have one single tip for you, since nobody mentioned it: go here and have one of this.

Looks fancy. How many Euro does that cost? :lol:


You don't have to eat a whole cake (as I would probably do :oops: ), they won't fleece you if you stop in there for a snack.

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Wein, Weiber ung Gesang ! :D

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techneut wrote:
Wein, Weiber ung Gesang ! :D


Vienna, wives and song? I dont get it. (I'm probably too young to understand :roll: )

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Wein, Weiber ung Gesang ! :D


Vienna, wives and song? I dont get it. (I'm probably too young to understand :roll: )


Yes, you are too young for that.
Actually it's Wein, Weib und Gesang, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wein,_Weib_und_Gesang

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Wein, Weiber ung Gesang ! :D


Vienna, wives and song? I dont get it. (I'm probably too young to understand :roll: )


Yes, you are too young for that.
Actually it's Wein, Weib und Gesang, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wein,_Weib_und_Gesang



What else could us men want? :lol:

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I have been promised that this course won't be Strauss-intensive. Just Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. :lol:

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I hope you will show us a lot of nice photos, Terez. When are you going again?

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May 29-June 12. I'm not much of a picture-taker, but my mom wants me to bring her camera and take pics, and this is the first picture-taking trip I've really been on since the pre-digital days, so maybe it won't be such a pain this time. :lol: I might even be able to upload them daily.

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Great - I'll be looking for them! :)

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*thinking lewd thoughts* :twisted: :twisted:

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*trying to figure out exactly where Nate's brain went with that*

:lol:

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*thinking of nate's thinking lewd thoughts*

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Yes please do send good pictures. (HINT: get a lot of practice with camera you'll be using.)

Anyway, I'm excited for you, Terez! Congratulations, and have a safe and fun study of what will prove to be a very interesting culture.

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PJF wrote:
(HINT: get a lot of practice with camera you'll be using.)


This is what Nathan meant, I think. :lol:

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(HINT: get a lot of practice with camera you'll be using.)


This is what Nathan meant, I think. :lol:

Yes, but I was wondering if maybe Monica checking out the pics had anything to do with it...

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Terez wrote:
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(HINT: get a lot of practice with camera you'll be using.)


This is what Nathan meant, I think. :lol:

Yes, but I was wondering if maybe Monica checking out the pics had anything to do with it...


In the end, when it comes to Nathan, all is Monica-centric.

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Exactly. :wink:

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Uh.......

(can't think of what to say next. Isn't that weird? :o )

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Not really. :P

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In the end, when it comes to Nathan, all is Monica-centric.




:lol:

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alf wrote:
In the end, when it comes to Nathan, all is Monica-centric.


:roll: I would object, but I JUST posted a thread that proves the argument in OFFBOOK! :lol: :oops:

In my defense, I do focus a bit on Monica, but there's plenty of me to spread around on the other chickies present ... namely, Tere!! Like herpes, I support multiple platforms! :?: 8)

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:roll: I would object, but I JUST posted a thread that proves the argument in OFFBOOK! :lol: :oops:

In my defense, I do focus a bit on Monica, but there's plenty of me to spread around on the other chickies present ... namely, Tere!! Like herpes, I support multiple platforms! :?: 8)

I'd call you obnoxious if you weren't so funny and blatant about it :lol:

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namely, Tere!! Like herpes, I support multiple platforms! :?: 8)


Herpes... the code name for Vista's successor... Or was it Vienna...? Anyway, Terez, watch out!!!

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:roll: I would object, but I JUST posted a thread that proves the argument in OFFBOOK! :lol: :oops:

In my defense, I do focus a bit on Monica, but there's plenty of me to spread around on the other chickies present ... namely, Tere!! Like herpes, I support multiple platforms! :?: 8)

I'd call you obnoxious if you weren't so funny and blatant about it :lol:




He's like a teddy bear, can't throw him away because it's too funny and too warm

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My teddy bear has parts that are worn out.

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My teddy bear has parts that are worn out.

That is probably where you cuddled him too much :lol:

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My teddy bear has parts that are worn out.

That is probably where you cuddled him too much :lol:


Nathan would have rephrased it. :lol:

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alf wrote:
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My teddy bear has parts that are worn out.

That is probably where you cuddled him too much :lol:


Nathan would have rephrased it. :lol:

Or, demanded to know which specific parts were meant :roll:

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This conversation is starting to get a little bit creepy.

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Oh you guys....:oops: I can't believe you're talking about what I think you're talking about. (but yes, I can actually :lol: ) Still, my teddy bear doesn't even have one of those! LOL

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Terez wrote:
This conversation is starting to get a little bit creepy.


That's because it's Friday.

Here, Terez - I'll bring it back on topic for you. See if you can find a nice big teddy bear in Vienna.:lol:

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This conversation is starting to get a little bit creepy.


That's because it's Friday.

Not. It's because Nathan got in :wink:

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Oh you guys....:oops: I can't believe you're talking about what I think you're talking about. (but yes, I can actually :lol: ) Still, my teddy bear doesn't even have one of those! LOL





Get ready Mazurka Queen.....


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just pointing out that you guys got up to all this teddy bear nonsense without me ... I've been afk for extended weekend. ..... but ..... if i had been here ... I'd have said ....
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.... THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAID LAST NITE!!! :lol: 8)

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just pointing out that you guys got up to all this teddy bear nonsense without me ... I've been afk for extended weekend. ..... but ..... if i had been here ... I'd have said ....
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just pointing out that you guys got up to all this teddy bear nonsense without me ... I've been afk for extended weekend. ..... but ..... if i had been here ... I'd have said ....
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:lol: :lol: (really!)

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Okay, sooo...I'm in Vienna now! Woo! It's cold here. :?

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Don't forget the pictures! And make you're in some of them too. :)

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We went on a tour of some nice places yesterday, but I was too tired to take pictures, since I hadn't slept since Tuesday night. I am all rested up now though. :)

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That reminds me of when I went to Germany a few years back. The first day, we went on a tour of Berlin in one of those double-decker buses. It was a nice day so we sat on top, but I was so tired from traveling and losing a whole night of sleep that I slept through almost the whole tour. My dad took pictures though! :lol:

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