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08 August 2007 @ 12:31 am
Ah! I've been super busy since I got back from Europe. Back in India, I went on a driving trip of sorts over the weekend, but with parents, so that meant speed restrictions and music restrictions as usual -- but was fun. The rivers in the monsoons can be awfully powerful even if they look to be quite placid. My swimming's a bit rusty, but I think it does not matter if you have no gills.

So, about the Europe trip. And here's the summary: First two days in Dresden. Third day on a wonderful train journey from Dresden to Vienna through the Czech Republic. Days four and five in Vienna. Day six was the train journey back to Dresden. Day seven was a cloudy, rainy day in Dresden and a perfect setting to do some sketching and reading about art after all those inspirational visits to those spectacular galleries. And day eight was the most boring one - full day travel to get back home. So, I've stopped telling people I went to Europe, instead I tell them that I went to Vienna and Dresden. And the funny look on their faces: Dresden? What's that!?

Anyway, Vienna is a very very beautiful city. I'm not much of a city photographer or even a city lover, but I did walk around that city with the camera around my neck and clicked a few shots. Like always, photographs are just a very poor substitute to the experience of actually being out there - be it in the wild or in a city.

Here are some photographs that I managed to take in the end.

St Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

A building. Most of Vienna's buildings around the center are like this one.

The dark clouds moving in

The Belvedere! Some spectacular works of Art there.

The Rathaus (town hall?)


Soviet Victory Monument

The Austrian Parliment house

Gloriette at Schönbrunn Palace

The spectacular Schönbrunn Palace

goofy_duck2004: Bellsgoofy_duck2004 on August 7th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Looks like a lovely place. Missed out on Vienna during our trip.
Shivakumar: lords_papushivakumar_l on August 7th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
dude - i was under the assumption that you are a good nature photographer - but your architecture photography skills are also very good. Nice ones there.
hmm driving with family with speeds <40kmph and music limited to kannada fm radio !! uff - i have suffered that too ;)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 7th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
If we plan a little further ahead next time, you could come to Sweden and I could show you some great birding sites there, plus I have friends way up north where the sun never goes down in the summer.
zhenzhizhenzhi on August 8th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
some impressive buildings there! :-)
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on August 8th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
The architecture is splendid !
Ruth: Looking Leftlaruth on August 8th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Lovely - I would love to get to those places one day.
RJPromad on August 8th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures!
Particularly the last one of the Schönbrunn Palace! How did you manage to get the elevated view - from on top of another building/hill?
It brings to mind Montmartre in Paris, which affords a beautiful panoramic 360 degree view of Paris. :)
Yathinyathin on August 8th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
You'll have to climb up a hill on the and then on to the top of the Gloriette to get that view. The view from there is just awesome.
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on August 8th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures! It must have been a great experience....
Preethifiveonehalf on August 8th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the lovely snaps!
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on August 8th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
San Francisco is clearly better :p The last photo and that of Belvedere are awesome. Didn't like others much. The photo of Graben almost makes me *not* want to go there!
Yathinyathin on August 8th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
> San Francisco is clearly better

You should tell that to the Europeans and see what they have to say about it ;)
shahnaz_kimi on August 14th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
'San Francisco is clearly better '- Ha...I agree with you that SF is a beautiful city....but dude...you have no idea what Vienna is like...Come'on over and we will show you our city..
btw..Yathin took one of the best pictures i have seen of Graben...Graben's history might take too much space to explain, but in present day... American designers are fighting for a place to have their shops there...tsk... tsk...
depontideponti on August 8th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
thank you for those lovely pictures. You brought back lovely memories of Vienna...I have never been to Dresden...did you bring back the very famous china shepherd and shepherdess dolls for your parents?

and when do you go off to Oosa?
Yathinyathin on August 8th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
I'm off to the US next week.
Vineethfus on August 13th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
the china is dreadfully expensive
just an unfired cup costs 50 euros and up
depontideponti on August 8th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
The Rathaus is, indeed, the town hall...even in English, it is a logical place to keep politicians, no?
kejnkejn on August 8th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
you are indeed a clever boy behind the lens! :-)
Shalushalu_b on August 9th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
lovely pics
guru_kathavate on August 9th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
Oldest Zoo in Vienna
Excellent pics! especially the wide angled palace pic..most pleasing lighting..Gr8!
I recently visited Vienna, had been to the oldest zoo in the world there (I think 1752...modernised today). Quite
a good collection.