Friday, December 30, 2005

Back safe and sound

Back home safe and sound after a wonderful holiday in Vienna (and a rather trying extended day in Schipol Airport Amsterdam, but that's history).
Don't want to bombard you with all the details at once so I'll just give you the low-down gradually over the next few days, and a few before- and after- snow pictures.
Absolutely loved the place and had the romantic chill-out break we both wanted. Success!

Parliament Building; facing Volksgarten; 26th December.
This was actually the coldest day of all, too cold to snow.
I got the early stages of chilblains on my shins where my socks stopped. Wore tights even under trousers from then on.
Didn't realise how cold I was until I came into the warmth and then I warmed up too soon and my legs were nipping like blazes!!!

What a difference a day makes!

Statue of Mozart; Burggarten; Dec 26th.
Big celebrations scheduled in Austria in 2006 for his 250th Anniversary.

Now with Snow glorious Snow, Kathleen, Shilasdair hat, Biggy Print Scarf, Limbo Mexico Mittens (that's just what's visible! - Made good use of my handknits while we were away.)
The snow was all very picturesque and idyllic until it came to trying to leave the airport.

The Hofburg, which seems to comprise of the Imperial Appartments, Lippanzer dressage school, and many historical and cultural riches.
Alas, we only had time to admire from the outside, hence the sketchy knowledge.
We went through that big archway and found a courtyard with stately buildings such as the National Library, and the Volksgarten with its bushes all covered in sack cloth to protect against the frost, aah.
Facing us after a short walk were the Art Galleries. We visited the Leopold Art Museum.

Okay, you're getting the idea now, aren't you? First there wasn't snow, then there was snow :-)

Hofburg again.

If anyone tells you Austria is a very clean country by the way- believe them. All the public buildings looked extremely well maintained, as if they were freshly sand-blasted.

I have given much more detail in this entry than I first intended to, so I shall leave you before I bore you senseless.
I have plenty more to tell you over the next few days, including knitting content, wow!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Guess we'd better start getting ready for the New Year, eh? x K


Midsummer night's knitter said...

Yay - welcome back!! GLad you had such a good time. Next time, never mind the tights - longjohns might not be sexy, but they sure as heck keep you warm! TTFN, India

Heather said...

It looks fantastic Kathleen. Glad it lived up to expectations - and you must have been thrilled to see yet more snow back home yesterday ! ;0)

Heather x