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6. Moving on to Vienna

Tues, Sept 17


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Hubs was finally feeling a bit better today so we decided to take the morning and try and see a few more things. We packed up our bags and had breakfast, and left the bags at the hotel cloak room as we didn't know if there were storage lockers at the train station - well, we should have known there would be. We went over to the 'new' museum, since our ticket from two days before for the old historical museum was still valid. Of course, the new museum is right beside the train station, so we could have taken our bags to the lockers and saved some time backtracking.

We spent about 45 min at the new museum (again, not a lot inside). There was an exhibition about the Celts, which was interesting, then upstairs a small exhibition about DNA. We actually could have left our luggage at the new museum as they had a nice big cloakroom.

We then hopped on the metro to go see a spot our airbnb guide told us about - the Colloredo-Mansfield house. It's an old mansion in poor shape that was bought by a rich American, so he told us it would soon be off limits. It was a few dollars to get in and not much to see except a lovely painted ceiling. The guide said you should lay on the floor and admire the ceiling, which my husband did. (insert eye roll here). At least the only one to see him do it was me and the lady who was the watching over the place. There were not camera photos allowed but I managed to sneak a few pics with the iPad.

I was starting to get a little nervous about getting to the hotel then train stn to catch our train. But we made it with enough time to spare for us to get some food for the train and maybe had a 25 min wait. I had checked the train leaving times earlier, and had a target time in mind.

The train ride was about 4 hrs. It was nice there was wifi on the train, so I had a chat with my husband's cousin back home, which was pretty cool. When we arrived to Vienna, I knew I wanted to get one of the weekly passes for the public transport, but I had a little difficulty finding the office - it was in another building, not the main terminal. Once we got that sorted, and figured out which tram to take, off we went. When we got off we had to walk about 5 min up the road (if we'd know the tram system, we could have hopped a tram to take us those few blocks).

We walked past the airbnb at first, but didn't go to far. The numbering system is always a little different. We went into the lovely apartment and chilled for an hour. The host showed us around the place the next day and it's huge! Really tall ceilings, big big rooms - he got it in very poor shape for a very good price - it was two flats put together and he totally reno'd it. Right outside was the tram to take us to Museumplein area in about 4 stops.

We didn't really want to head into the center as it was getting late, so we popped across the street to a lovely Italian restaurant, even if we weren't very hungry and wasted half of the food (I Terroni - hubs had gnocchi, I had carbonara). And someone had their choc lab in the restaurant! He was very well behaved. After we just walked around the area to see what was around - found a small store and picked up some snacks.

Posted by u2traveller 06:31 Archived in Austria

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