11 June to 25 June 2002
Vienna: First Contact
The Prater and
Opera in Bratislava
To Salzburg &
Onward to Innsbruck
Jenbach and the Achensee
Stubaitalbahn to Fulpmes
Amras and Hungerbergbahn
Return to Vienna
Steam to Smolonice
Melk: Start of the Wachau
The Wachau - and back to
It was to have been a side
trip. We were going to visit England so that Dewi could learn to
drive an electric tram. However, we decided to use frequent flyer
points for the airplane tickets, as it would be high season for
transAtlantic crossing. Now Aeroplan allows you one stopover when
flying on points: either on the way to your destination, or on the
way back. It seemed a shame not to use this privilege, so our trip
turned into a vacation in Austria, with a stopover at Heathrow on
the way home!
What could we do in two weeks?
We thought we'd try to visit several areas, not just Vienna. And of course,
we'd do it by train.
Finally, we decided just to
book a hotel for the first three nights in Vienna, and book the
remainder on the way. From the Internet, we found the Donauwalzer
hotel, a mid-range establishment that seemed to be close to city
transit, outside the Ring but not too far away.
With all those decisions,
we set off. The first thing we noticed on boarding the plane at
Ottawa was how little space there was between the rows of seats! Of
course, we'd just had 30 days of travelling on trains in the U.S.
and Canada. "Ah," we said, "the seats are cramped because this is
the shuttle flight between Ottawa and Toronto. The transatlantic
plane will have more room".
We were wrong. It was just
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