Vienna Highlights

Joining in the Vienna coffee house culture

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Getting distracted in a chocolate shop on our way to the Naschmarkt

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Roaming Vienna’s largest outdoor market…

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Vinegars…!

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Secession Building (architecture exhibits)…

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St. Charles’s Church in the background… behind yet another café…

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Vienna State Opera house… by day…

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Monument Against War and Fascism, in Albertinaplatz

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Pit stop at the Swarovski store for my mom…

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Some of this stuff is so far beyond my financial comprehension…

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Back at the apartment… finished our chocolate puzzle!

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Christiane’s famous spaghetti and meatballs!
(and gluten free what a treat!)

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Bubble Tea in Vienna?!?!!

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State Opera house by night.  Going to see the Nutcracker!

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Such a beautiful building…

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…and great show!

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Getting a feel for Vienna by night…

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New Year Trains & Football!

Happy New Year breakfast and a puzzle!

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Getting on a train to Semmering!
Henning will tell you that this train trip is most important not for the destination, but rather for the ride… which traverses a portion of Austrian Alps via UNESCO World Heritage bridges and aqueducts!

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A historic train car!

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What awesome civil engineering feats!

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Semmering train station…

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Gasometer – 4 old giant gas tanks that were converted into residential and commercial space.  SO COOL!!

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Henning enjoying McDonald’s in Austria…

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McCafe’s lousy attempt at macarons (McCarons… get it?…)

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Attempting to watch the Rose Bowl game from Vienna…

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Success! 

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Dog in the bar!

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We lost the game, but we still love the Stanford football team!

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WA Day 3! (…but really Canada)

Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!

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Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.  :)

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Thimbleberry!

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Detour totally worth it!

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Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…

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They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!

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Road Trip Day 4!!—Solvang

Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!

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Stopping by the Nature Center…

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In Solvang for the day…

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(The chocolate super melted btw…)

Back to the lake…

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Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
re-solidified chocolate…

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LOL = Lots of Love

Received a cute package at work today, and I was especially surprised and touched to receive not just roses (in a vase)… but rather living rose buds in a pot!!  :)  My baby gets me.

Here’s the gift I made him, using photos from the past year.  Hen and I played with the arrangement of letters together, and this is what we decided on (to be framed).

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