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Hiking & Drinking (With Friends)

With the wagon in the sick bay, Sunday’s plan of hiking in the Kamptal with visiting friends needed tweaking, as we were now without wheels. A second pair of friends joining us had wheels, but not enough seats for the four of us, so Tony and I bought train tickets and met the crew in Langenlois; hence the €59,60.

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Once More in the Wachau

Another schlecht Sunday. I reiterate that we are not spending our remaining time in Austria checking places off a list; the day just lent itself to a new exhibit at a favorite castle (I have several favorites), with lunch at a favorite Weinschank afterward.

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Hiking & Schnitzeling. Schlosspark Laxenburg

It would be wrong to be indoors on a day as lovely as this.

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Hiking & Schnitzeling. Heidenreichsteiner Moor

The calm before the IB exam storm.

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Hiking & Schnitzeling. Oh Perchtoldsdorf, You Disappoint

Though not because of the hiking.

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An Easter Market in a Castle

Though I am not as inspired by Easter markets in the same way I am by Christmas markets, a market in a castle is another matter.

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Hiking & Schnitzeling. A Warm Wachau Weekend

A little early for the Marillen blooms, but that was fine by us.

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Hyper-Realistic Chiaroscuro

And Wirtshaus Kultur.

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Castles and Castle Ruins: Adventmarkts in the Wiener Alpen

Schloss Hernstein is a Theophil von Hansen creation; in fact, it is the design that inspired his more well-known constructions in Vienna, Parliament and the Wiener Musikverein (where Anna Grace has performed), one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world. Another near acoustically-perfect hall is Hill Auditorium on The University of Michigan campus, at which the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (and Jack) have performed. The castle also served as a Hapsburg hunting lodge; and from 1945-1955 was home to the Russian Commander-in-Chief.

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