Aug 31, 2009

Last Baseball Game in Germany

Andrew played his last baseball game in Germany yesterday. It ended up being a happy ending though because the Bonn Capitals won 13-12 on their 5th game of the playoff series, so they will move onto the second round in the playoffs. Even though I know Andrew wishes he will get to play more, at least he ended on a good note with the team. He even scored the winning run to help win the game in the 10th inning!

I took a few pics and figured I would post them on here! Enjoy!


Aug 27, 2009

2 1/2 hour bike ride!

The Monday after we got back from Italy, Andrew had the day off and it was a super nice day out so we decided to take our bikes out to explore the Bonn area. I really wasn't expecting to go as far as we did, but it was fun.

We ended up riding about 2 1/2 hours... and went a distance of about 15 miles. I of course did some picture taking along the way and it was nice because we rode on the East side of the Rhine River, so we got to see different views (we live on the West side). I know Andrew could have went on forever down the River path, but I only the other hand was beginning to break down.

As we made our journey back North towards our flat, we had to cross the Koenigswinter ferry which costs 1.40 euro to hop on with a bike. Not too bad considering if there was not ferries it would have take far longer and further to get back to our place. It was definitely a great time because it's the first time we have been able to explore so much and we will soon be selling our bikes, so we need to ride them as much as possible! Enjoy the pics!!


Aug 26, 2009

Day 2 of Italy

Sunday was a day we had set aside for going to the island of Lido which has the beach. We started the morning off with a nice American breakfast from a local cafe that served a ham and cheese omelet, orange juice, and a cappuccino. From there we walked towards the Rialto Bridge once again so we could take the water bus over to the Lido island. It was about another 40 minute ride, but it was nice to get one last glance of our surroundings.

After we got off the boat we were surprised to see mountains in the background when looking towards San Marco island. Since it was a clearer day on Sunday, I guess it allowed us to view the Dolomite Mountains, which this link gives you an idea of what they look like up close. We sadly only saw them from a distance, but it was still pretty cool. From there we made our trek to the other side of the fairly small island to reach the beach. We weren't quite sure what to expect when we got there since we have never been to a European beach before...

Once we arrived we began looking for a place on the sand to sit... preferably away from men in speedos, old women in thongs, and the topless. We managed 2 out of 3, but ended up near topless women. This brings us to our next story. There was a guy sitting in front of us, we gave him the name Merv the Perv. The reasoning for this is, this guy had an area all set up so he could secretly have his camera hidden. Yes, that's right, so his camera could be hidden and he could snap pictures of these women that liked to bare all. We were having a complete fit because this guy was looking so suspicious the whole time and just creepy. One of the girls even had a boyfriend with her. Our thinking was... if the camera can see the girl, can't the girl see the camera? Anyways, I could rattle on and on about that just because of how disgusted we were by Merv, but we will move on! After we sat for a while, we walked along the water for a bit and then decided to grab a pizza before heading back to the main island. The pizza was quite delicious by the way!

We took the water bus back to the main island of San Marco and ended up having to leave a little sooner than expected because we decided to take the bus (on wheels) as opposed to the water bus. It was quite a bit cheaper, but man was it a cramped ride. We had to stand on the bus with about 50 of our other closest European friends, not even giving us an inch to move. We found out after buying our bus tickets for the ACTV bus that there was another option (ATVO), which would have been a WAY better option (for those who plan on traveling to Venice). But, oh well... we were never so happy to get off a bus before, that's for sure!

We arrived at the airport with quite a bit of time to spare, so we got our boarding passes and found a place to eat and what a surprise, but we had pizza!! Once again, it was very delicious. From there we checked out a few shops and then just waited at the gate for our plane to arrive. Oh and just for the record, out of the 3 planes we have taken since being over here, TUIfly has been the only one that leaves on time and arrives early. So when in Europe and you need to fly, use them! Plus they have cool little screens on the plane that show your current location and how much longer you have left. Kept us occupied anyways. Well that about does it for Italy.

Sadly this was our last planned trip while being over in Europe. Only about 2 weeks left until we are back in the states!! Enjoy the pics!


Aug 25, 2009

Italy... here we come!

We hopped on an airplane to arrive in Venice, Italy late Friday night. We were greeted with some VERY hot and humid weather... which isn't ideal when having to take a 40 minute water bus ride with seats in a very enclosed area. But, we made it, only to get confused as to where our hotel was. We managed to walk through the Jewish Ghetto (not so much a ghetto, just the name that was given) and were met by about 100 Jewish people singing a song at a local restaurant. We finally found our hotel (after asking of course) and entered our room which was AIR CONDITIONED! What a great feeling that we haven't felt for almost 3 months! (And for those who are still confused... Europe just hasn't jumped on the a/c wagon. We don't live in a bad area of Germany).

We started the day off Saturday with walking to the Rialto Bridge. This bridge is the most famous bridge that crosses the Grand Canal in Venice. Walking in Venice is a little different than all the other locations we have been because it's so easy to get turned around in the maze-like streets. Some alleyways lead to dead ends, while others lead straight into the narrow waterways. Signs were randomly placed throughout the alleys to help lead you to the bridge (and some of the other more popular locations) which helped for the most part. While walking, we window shopped and admired the many bakeries and pizza shops that seemed to be at every corner. Once at the bridge, we watched gondola after gondola go by and what seemed to be hundreds of boats full of tourists going to their next destination.

From the bridge we headed to St. Marks Square and the Basilica San Marco. With the weather being scorching hot, I of course had my typical Florida attire on, shorts, tank and flip flops. When going into the Basilica you could not have your shoulders or legs exposed. So I had to use their paper like covers to wrap around my shoulders and waist. It was a good look, let me tell ya!

After we walked around for a little while, we decided to take a water bus to Murano, which is known as the glass island. We came across a hay bale which was made of small pieces of gold glass, as well as many vases, picture frames, chandeliers, necklaces, and rings made of glass... basically anything you can think of. Everything was very beautiful. By this time our stomachs were calling out to us so we stopped at a small cafe and enjoyed our first Italian pizza. It just so happened to have slices of hot dogs on it... which surprisingly is very good. Andrew also had a traditional espresso.

From Murano, we then headed back to the hotel for a quick breather and cool down. We decided to randomly walk down alleyways to see what we could run into, which led us to the absolutely delicious Gelateria. I had a mixed berry and strawberry flavor and Andrew had a coffee and some sort of nut flavor. I have never had something so good before, especially since I am not really a big fan of deserts. Once we were done exploring the Venice streets, we went to check out one more bridge before deciding on a place to eat. While on the bridge and looking out into the Grand Canal, we were surprised to see this huge cruise ship going through the water being towed.

In Venice when walking by restaurants, most waiters will stand outside and try to talk you into eating at their restaurant. We ended up getting caught by one of these guys and decided on one of them without even knowing the name. The next day we later found out it was called Restuarante Florida, which seems kind of ironic. Anyways, Andrew ordered spaghetti and I ordered lasagna with a bottle of their house white wine. Tables were very close and we were sat next to an older couple. They began talking to us and we ended up talking for quite a while. It was quite a different experience though because the couple was actually from France and hardly spoke any English, so we were communicating more through sign language and a few words here and there. They found out we got engaged in France and my wine glass was empty so the man ended up filling up my glass with their wine so we could cheers to it! It was actually a pretty neat. We also ordered desert and as you can see in the pics, it was quite fancy! It was very delicious as well though.

After a great time eating and meeting a very nice couple we figured it was time to head back towards the hotel. Earlier that day we had bought a bottle of wine to drink, but realized we wouldn't have any way of drinking it Sunday, so we grabbed the bottle and a couple of glasses and sat outside along the Grand Canal. About 10 minutes after we were outside it began to rain so we went back into the hotel and hung out in the lobby for a while.

Saturday was a very eventful day and we had a great time exploring Venice. As you will see by the pictures, everything is just so beautiful and full of character. Enjoy!


Aug 12, 2009

Paris Videos

I am testing this out because I never knew you could upload videos onto Photobucket... This is a video of the twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower.


Sadly the Last Day in Paris

Andrew and I started off the day with hotel breakfast that was brought into our room. Now don't think this is fancy or anything because it just brings us back to the day one explanation of why the hotel we stayed in was a little disappointing! Even though breakfast was supposed to be included, there was no room for you to go and eat breakfast or even get it, so if you wanted it; it was brought to your room. We won't complain though because it was food in our stomachs and something to jump start our day.

Once we had a few cakes that were served for breakfast, we put our running clothes on and went out for a run. We ran all the way down the Champs Elysees, back up the other side towards the Arc de Triomphe and then under the road and around the Arc. This was very challenging for me because I have had a bum foot for a while and the Champs Elysees is a false flat (Andrew taught me this word... basically goes uphill even when it doesn't look like it). Andrew just seemed to run like it was nothing even though he has a bum leg and is an old man (haha). Even though it was a bit challenging, not many people can say they ran in Paris down the Champs Elysees!

After the run we got cleaned up, checked out of our hotel, and went on a search for the Statue of Liberty. Today was the day for public transportation, but once again, it ended up we did a lot of walking! We found the Statue of Liberty and took some pictures and started walking towards the Eiffel Tower one last time. We made a pit stop at an Italian restaurant and enjoyed some yummy pizza and a bowl of spaghetti. From here, we walked to the Champs de Mars (the garden area in front of the Eiffel Tower and the area Andrew proposed). This area gave an unrestricted view of the Eiffel Tower and a one last view of the huge structure.

Andrew and I left the Eiffel Tower, said goodbye to it about 10 times and then made a visit to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the largest in the city. Pere Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world and is reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years (Sentence from Wikipedia). Many famous people are buried here and we particularly went to see the grave of Jim Morrison, The Doors lead singer. This cemetery was full of graves and it seemed like there were only inches between each one. We walked around for a bit and then decided to head out and back towards the Champs Elysees to do some last minute shopping.

From the Champs Elysees, we walked back to the hotel to collect our bags and then off to the train station we went. The trip back was going to be in 1st class, so we felt like movie stars! :) Free internet, snacks, and a "meal" were all included. I put meal in quotations because I am not quite sure if that is the correct terminology for it because it was very different and not a typical meal we would make. But, something is better than nothing!

The Paris trip was in a class of its own and will never be forgotten. Not only did I get to spend my 25th birthday there, but I was able to experience it all with Andrew and hear the question every girl hopes to hear one day! We had a blast and were sad to leave. We have one last trip planned to Venice and know that is going to be another incredible adventure!


Day 2 of Paris

The day started off with checking out the local street market. As we walked down the long sidewalk, we saw fresh fish, meats, breads and fruits... along with homemade clothes, bags and jewelry. We enjoyed seeing all the Paris market had to offer, but decided to head down the Champs Elysees to grab a bite to eat before getting on the metro to head to the Louvre Museum.

The Louvre Museum is huge and to be able to see everything you need to set aside at least a whole day, if not more. Obviously, we didn't have the time to do that, so we picked a few different things we wished to see and went in. Our first stop was to the Mona Lisa painting. The room was packed full of people and the painting was much smaller than I expected, but it was cool seeing a piece of history. We then went to the Venus de Milo. This sculpture is said to date back all the way to 130-100 BC. I'm not quite sure either of us has ever been in front of something that ancient. One of the other pieces of art we saw was the Dying Slave by Michelangelo. He is most known for the Statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling, but weren't lucky enough to see those. The Dying Slave was made in the early 16th century, and once again, just pretty cool seeing something so old and from such a well-known individual. Of course we saw other paintings and sculptures, but too many to mention all on here.

We then left the Louvre and made our way to the Ferris wheel. Neither of us have been up in a Ferris wheel for quite some time and what a better time to go up in one than in Paris. It was a great opportunity to get an aerial view of city other than from the Eiffel Tower. It was also cool snapping a few pictures of the tower from the air and a good way to get off our feet for a few minutes.

When traveling to Paris, we both said we would use more public transportation because our bodies are starting to break down on us with all the walking we have done. However, we somehow manage to walk even more when we specifically say we won't! From the Ferris wheel we walked to the Notre Dame Cathedral which wasn't a short and easy walk. Once there we waited in a line to enter the church and take a look around. We weren't in there very long because both of us were hungry and ready to find some food. We stumbled upon a small cafe close to the cathedral and decided to eat there. I ordered a ham, cheese and fried egg sandwich and Andrew ordered a chicken salad. From the pictures you will see, both meals really didn't turn out like the typical meals you would think of, but they were both still good.

After a full stomach we ended up going back to the hotel to take a little nap before heading back out on the town. We each ended up buying a cup of coffee and sitting at the Arc de Triomphe for over an hour just people watching. The Arc is surrounded by a roundabout that I am sure everyone has heard stories about. You wouldn't believe how many people would try running across the road to get to the Arc. The safe way is obviously a passageway under the road, but either they didn't know about it or just felt like being crazy that day. It was beginning to get dark so we decided to just walk along the Champs Elysees and window shop (because that's obviously the only way to shop in Paris). We found many things and put them on our list of things to buy once we win the lottery.

With it being Saturday night we wanted to buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate the current events! So we bought Laurent-Perrier 1999 and took a walk down by the Seine River to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle one last time. We celebrated our one day engagement, the great time in Paris so far, and later realized we also were celebrating the day Andrew would have walked in graduation for his Master's degree.

Saturday was of course another great day in Paris and we were both sad that Sunday was going to be our last day in the City of Lights and of course Love!!


Aug 11, 2009

Paris... my birthday and a little extra!

Our trip on the Thalys train to Paris was about a 4 hour ride. We arrived around 10:30 pm and were quick to find our next transportation to get to our hotel. We soon arrived to our last subway stop, walked up the stairs and there stood the well known Arc de Triomphe. Not a bad Paris greeting! From there we walked about 5 or so minutes to find our hotel. We ended up getting a really good deal on our hotel (stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free) and would soon realize why! The whole hotel was going through rehab... so half the hotel was "new" and half was definitely old. We were first shown the new, updated rooms, which I am not quite sure why they do this because they immediately then showed us our room that was very small, dark, and very old! The air conditioning wasn't working and there was not typical breakfast like the website promised. We would find out later that the internet wasn't working as well. Needless to say we weren't very happy about all the false advertising, but remembered we were in Paris and decided to head to the Eiffel Tower to erase all bad thoughts.

To view the Eiffel Tower, it was only about a 5 minute walk from our hotel (which might have been the only plus for the hotel). I had read before coming that at the top of each hour the tower would begin to twinkle it's 10,000 white lights. It only seemed appropriate to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle at midnight... the start of my birthday! After standing in front of the massive structure for a while, we decided to head towards to Champs Elysees to grab a bite to eat, view the street at night time, and then head back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.

The next morning we awoke and decided that the Eiffel Tower would be our first stop of the day. I wanted to go up into it on my birthday, but upon arriving we noticed the lines already were very long and the skies were starting to get a little black. We stood around contemplating if we should wait for another day, but ended up deciding to go up. However, we chose to go up the stairs to skip the long lines (because obviously no one wants to climb 668 stairs except our crazy selves). It didn't take too long to reach the 2nd level and then we went up the rest of the way in an elevator. The views were fantastic. You could see every part of Paris perfectly whether it was the Seine River, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Louvre Museum, or the Paris Ferris wheel. After a million pictures were taken, we headed back down to see what the rest of the city had to offer.

While walking down the street to find a place to eat breakfast, we ran into the Flame of Liberty. This was made to replicate the Statue of Liberty's flame, but also is an unofficial memorial for Princess Diana. It just so happens the Flame is right above the tunnel entrance where Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. From there we crossed the street and ended up at a small cafe where we ordered some ham, cheese, and potato omelets which were quite delicious.

We then walked down the Champs Elysees to see the many expensive shops as well as view the Arc de Triomphe. Throughout the day we did quite a bit of souvenir shopping and also found some nice shirts in the NikeParis and Adidas stores. We might have been able to spend all day in the Adidas store because they had some cool coordination games to play, but figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. By this time we managed to do quite a bit of walking so we decided to go back to the hotel to take a little rest before our next adventure.

After a nice rest, we hopped on a metro towards the Hard Rock Cafe for my birthday dinner. We both got delicious meals, I had chicken nachos and Andrew had a steak sandwich. We also celebrated with a birthday shot because you then were able to keep the shot glasses that read Hard Rock Paris on them. From the Hard Rock we then made our way back to the Eiffel Tower to watch more twinkling lights!

Andrew and I actually walked all the way to the Eiffel Tower on my birthday night and tried to find the best place possible to view the twinkling lights... the ending to a great birthday. Little did I know Andrew had a little more up his sleeve than just to view the tower. When the thousands of lights began to twinkle Andrew dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!! I was by far taken back and asked him a good 5 times if he was joking. Finally he convinced me he was serious and I of course said yes! I always knew we would get married, but never expected to be proposed to in Paris, France! It definitely was the best birthday (and birthday present) I have ever had and a day I (and I know he) will never forget! We then called our parents to tell them the fabulous news and walked back to the hotel to get much needed sleep for another eventful day on Saturday.


Aug 5, 2009

Vienna, Austria (day 3)

We woke up Sunday morning with all intentions of going for a run around Vienna, but both decided against it. Our legs and feet had the final say... and they said no. I also woke up not feeling very well and only hoped I would get a magical cure so I could go on with the day.

We hopped on the metro for the Belvedere Palace... it was around 11 in the morning and the heat was already in full force. Even though the palace was big... it was no comparison to the Schoenbrunn Palace. We, of course, enjoyed walking around throughout the gardens and viewing the different angles of the palace though. The palace, which is also called Upper Palace, was built in 1720. Since being in Europe I haven't seen and touched so many old buildings in my life! We saw all that there was to see and headed out the big palace gates.

After we left and walked about a block down the street we soon realized we were near where we were on Friday. We laughed because we purposely chose to go to this Palace separately because we thought it was too far away to walk. Little did we know we could have walked to it on Friday! We remembered seeing a building that had a large gold ball made of metal on its roof, so that was our next stop... we just had to find it first. We walked around for a good 20 minutes in the wrong direction until we decided to go up one random street and of course there it was to our right! It ended up not really being worth the walk though... it looked cooler from a distance.

From there we were ready for some food and a nice cold drink so we walked towards the infamous TGI Fridays. Man, what a delicious meal! Andrew got a bacon cheeseburger and I got a chicken/shrimp plate that was to die for! After our bellies were full we stopped for a nice cup of coffee.

We started to run out of ideas of things to do and decided we were ready to just sit and relax in the air conditioning, so to the airport it was. We were getting there a little early, but figured we would have shops we could go into and places to sit, boy were we wrong! Vienna airport is not like most of the previous airports we have been to and basically sat around being bored. It didn't help matters that our airplane left 25 minutes late (like all our other airplanes), which then made us sprint once getting off the airplane to the bus that took us back to Bonn. Only to get on the bus and be told that we had to pay more because our tickets weren't right (they were right!!!)... this is hard to explain to someone that doesn't understand English though and us not being able to speak German.

After a bit of a stressful afternoon and evening we finally made it back home! We enjoyed Vienna, Austria very much and it was a beautiful city.


Aug 4, 2009

Vienna, Austria (day 2)

Saturday morning we woke up, went to the grocery store to buy some water because we knew it would be a hot and long day outside. We went to the metro station and bought us both 48 hour passes so we could ride the metro unlimited (our bodies were starting to yell at us). We hopped on the train and headed for the Schoenbrunn Palace.

Once at the palace there was a lot to see. The first thing we saw when walking in was the huge Gloriette that was atop a small hill overlooking the palace. We slowly made our way there, but made a few stops in between for some photo opportunities. When finally at the Gloriette we paid a few extra euros to climb the stairs to the top to have a great view of the palace and the surrounding city. While on the top we met three people from the United States. Some fellow Americans overheard us speaking English and asked us to take their picture. After taking their picture, they asked us where we were from. First thing Andrew said was that I was from Tampa and before he could even say where he was from, they belted out "oh my gosh we are too"! Well it ended up they were in Austria for some music festival and also go to my former school USF! How crazy is it that you are in another country and you still manage to meet someone from your hometown and college? That was pretty cool! We walked around the huge palace grounds for a good 2 hours. There was even more to see, but the heat was getting to us so we decided to head towards our next stop, the Giant Ferris Wheel.

The Giant Ferris Wheel was in Vienna's Prater Amusement Park... which to us was more like a small county fair. We had every intention of getting on the Ferris Wheel until we noticed that it was all enclosed and it was just too hot for that. Even though we didn't ride, it was cool seeing a Ferris Wheel from 1897. There were other rides like small roller coasters, flying swings, and those dizzy rides but we decided against them all and settled for a Red Bull which is actually made in Austria. We have come to the conclusion that somehow we attract every annoying bug possible because our nice relaxing sit in the shade was interrupted by the annoying bees that manage to always find us! I hate bees and for some reason this one had an infatuation with my face, soooo that was the cue for it's time to go. Never a dull moment with us!

From Prater's we wanted to check out the Danube Tower. We managed to not get off on the correct metro stop, so the tower was a good distance away. By this time, both Andrew and I were too beat to even walk 10 feet, let alone a half mile so we decided against it. We did, however, get enough energy to hop on the seesaw that was calling our names. That lasted a good minute and then we were back on our way towards the hotel.

We rested at the hotel for a little while until we went back to the City Hall to catch the Paris Ballet that was going to play at the Film Festival. We tried out the Mexican food booth this time and had a chicken burrito. By all the chicken meals we have had, can you tell that I was the one that decided on dinner? It was very yummy and we decided to sit on the bleachers and wait to watch the ballet. You could not eat/drink/smoke on the bleachers and Andrew and I had a ball watching all the people who couldn't read the signs. The people made sure they found the perfect spot to sit only to get rejected by the little security guy that wasn't going to let anyone get away with anything. We couldn't believe the number of people that obviously could not read a sign that has a big red slash across the symbols of forks, cups, and cigarettes! Whatever the case it was entertainment for us!

We managed to sit through about two dances until we both realized this ballet wasn't for us. Andrew was hungry again, so we stopped to get another huge slice of pizza before walking back to our hotel for the night. I (and pretty sure Andrew as well) particularly enjoyed this day because the Schoenbrunn was so beautiful. There was so much to see and it made for great pictures!


Vienna, Austria (day 1)

We arrived in Vienna, Austria Thursday night and made our way through the streets. Even though I had walking directions written down to our hotel, we still managed to walk around for a good 20 minutes before finding it! For those who don't know, most of Europe hasn't jumped on the air-conditioner band wagon yet and it just so happens that Austria was going to be nice and steamy our entire stay. Our hotel room was the biggest yet, but that just gave more space for the hot air to stay!

Friday morning we woke up and began to explore. We started off just walking down the street knowing we would run into plenty of massive, detailed buildings. The first was the Vienna Rathaus (City Hall). You were able to walk inside and we managed to find an area that we still aren't sure if we were allowed in there. The staircase seemed to go on forever and it was draped with a bright red carpet. We also came across this ginormous ball room that had everything trimmed in gold. Both Andrew and I's mouths dropped wide open when we peaked our heads in the door.

Once done exploring in the City Hall we walked out of the other side only to see bleachers, rows of chairs and signs saying Film Festival smacking us in the face. It seemed as though each night a different opera, orchestra, or ballet played on the very large screen that was attached to the walls of the City Hall. We then began to walk through the food booth lined side walk and noticed each booth was representing a different country. We found the United States booth and it was serving Coke, chicken wings and burgers... kind of gave us a chuckle.

From there we started walking towards the two large spires that seemed to be towering over all other building and ran into the Votivkirche (Votive Church) which is one of the most important neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world we later found out. The spires resembled a skeleton and the roof had numerous details from the multicolored shingles that were used.

Once leaving the church we ran into many different sites... the Parliament Building which had an incredible statue in the front, the Volksgarten which is known for its rows of roses, and the very large Imperial Palace. We were beginning to notice that almost every main attraction we went to was being renovated. This didn't do wonders for picture taking, but I guess with stuff being so old it is bound to start falling apart. By this time we were ready for a snack so we grabbed a pizza from a food booth and sat in the garden area with the Mozart statue... as we say, we ate pizza with Mozart.

Now that we have something in our stomachs we headed for the City Center to view the Stephansdom. Once again, renovation! It was still cool to see and then made our way to a few different souvenir shops to see if we could find anything good. From there we walked past the Opera House and then came across a WWII memorial. By this time our feet were sore, we were hot and completely exhausted, so we took a breather on one of the park benches!

Andrew and I ate at a little cafe and had a delicious chicken salad. We also tried one of the Austrian wines which was a Gruener Veltliner, it was very good. We walked back to the hotel for a little to rest some more and to get out of the sun.

A little later that night we went back to the City Hall (it was only a 5 minute walk) to check out the Film Festival. Friday night was the night for the Orchestra. We tried a few different Austrian beers and we also tried out a few of the different foods from different countries. We had a chicken plate from the Australian booth and a chicken plate from the China booth. Both were very delicious and left us wanting more, but knew our wallet wouldn't be very pleased with us.

We watched the orchestra for a short time and then decided it was about time to head back to the hotel for a good nights rest. We had a looooooong day ahead of us!


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