On to Vienna

Vienna, or "Wien," as the locals say, is the cultural capital of Austria. Bordered by eight countries as diverse as Switzerland, Italy, and Slovakia (among others), Austria played a key role in the political and cultural history of Europe, and Vienna was the main character in that play. On the fringe of the Iron Curtain, Vienna was a playground for Cold War spies and diplomats. Today, it is a peaceful city that, given the upheaval of the 20th century, could be forgiven for basking in its own boredom.

Traveling by train from Prague to Vienna, we crossed vast fields covered in vibrant, yellow flowers. I'm not sure what they are, but they coat the countryside as if someone took a paint roller to the entire nation. After four hours, we arrived in Vienna.

Posing Beside Our Train

Posing Beside Our Train

Czech Farmland

Czech Farmland

Catching a Nap

Catching a Nap

Our train station was south of the center of town and it was a short walk to our hotel. After dinner, Suzanne and I took an evening walk to St. Stephen's cathedral, the main cathedral in Vienna, the Rathaus, or city hall, and the opera house.

Fountain in Freyung

Fountain in Freyung

The Rathaus

The Rathaus

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera

We got a little lost in the Ringstrasse tonight.