EC 102 (Polonia) – Villach to Ostrava

West of Hohenau, Austria, 14-Jun-2014

After a hiatus so long that I can’t even remember when or even if it began, I’m restarting my European train route documentation series with this look at EuroCity (EC) 102, aka the Polonia, which journeys from Villach, Austria to Warsaw. More specifically, this 189-second slideshow covers the route’s 646-kilometer stretch from Villach to Ostrava,… Continue reading EC 102 (Polonia) – Villach to Ostrava

Mozart in Vienna’s Burggarten, and the Stuttgart Winds

One of the more famous monuments in Vienna is that of Mozart, which currently takes pride of place in the Burggarten not far from the Albertina Museum. The composer, chiseled in marble, stands confidently on the large pedestal that dominates the top half. The lower section includes several scenes carved in relief and a bevy… Continue reading Mozart in Vienna’s Burggarten, and the Stuttgart Winds

Late October in Vienna – Divorce and True Romance

I’m heading to Vienna on the 28th, but not for the world’s first divorce fair that will be held that weekend. (I’m just going to the airport.) There’s a captive audience for such a gathering in the Austrian capital, to be sure. The divorce rate hit an all-time high of 50% in Austria last year, while… Continue reading Late October in Vienna – Divorce and True Romance

30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Vienna

Hotel Geblergasse Geblergasse 21 Vienna Stayed two nights, 30-31-Jan 2007 At just 34 EUR/night, I can’t say enough about this place. The rooms were fairly basic but clean, the staff helful if a bit surly. But it was only 34 EUR/night, for a major international city. Convenience reigns –it’s a two-minute stroll to/from the Alser… Continue reading 30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Vienna