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Small Austrian Towns on Danube River (II)

Dürnstein is a small (with less than 1,000 residents) but lovely town on the Donau. It’s a popular place for tourists, especially in the summer.

These are the ruins of the castle fortress, where in 1193, Duke Leopold V who was ruling Austria at that time held King Richard I Lionheart of England prisoner. The story goes: For quite some time, nobody knew exactly where King Richard was imprisoned in Austria. But his loyal minstrel companion, Blondel, had an idea. He went from castle to castle, playing his lute and singing Richard’s favorite songs. The tactic paid off, the legend says, for at Dürnstein, Richard heard Blondel’s singing and sang the lyrics in reply. Then everybody knew where he was. The castle was virtually demolished by the troops of the Swedish Empire in 1645.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Photography Techniques, Travel


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Small Austrian Towns on Danube River (I)

(I actually prefer using the German word Donau than the English translation Danube. Even though I did look it up, I totally don’t get it how it got translated that way in the first place. To me, it just pronounces in a strange way. Annnnyway …)

Donau is the second longest river in Europe. It originates from Black Forest in Germany, flows through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania and ends into the Black Sea, total 2,872 km.

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Flower, Travel


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City of Vienna

Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Habsburgs' winter residence

We’ve long been hearing that Vienna’s the world’s center of classical music. However we didn’t go into any theaters or opera houses, though there are many concerts aimed at tourists. We roamed around the city, mostly at the Hofburg Palace, the Hofburg museums especially the Sisi Museum since my wife was so fond of her story, and the shopping districts nearby. But we could barely stand the heat when we were there in June last year. It was very uneasy to stand under the sun and in the heat wave for more than five minutes. It would have been much nicer in April or September. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Travel


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Empress Elisabeth & Schönbrunn Palace of Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

I should have first written a post about the city of Vienna. But as I went along, the focus inevitably changed to Empress Elisabeth. Therefore, I will leave the city view for next time.

People are curious why we didn’t go to London, Paris, Rome and other big cities first since we like traveling in Europe. The truth is, my wife has been having this fantasy to see the city where Sissi’s story took place, the palace she was living in, the life style in that period of history and so on. Many folks (not including the Austrians and Hungarians) have never heard of Sissi. We knew about her stories from the 1955-57 trilogy movies Sissi starring German actress Romy Schneider. The movies were translated into Mandarin and imported in ’70s. Although not as famous as Audrey Hepburn, Romy was also a big star in the ’50s to ’70s, winning many awards. I didn’t really have much memories of the Sissi movies, except the scene that Sissi arriving Vienna on a cruise ship and receiving warm welcome from a big crowd. For an unknown reason, that scene stuck in my head for years. My wife, on the other hand, fell in love with her and the story, though (I know now) the trilogy didn’t tell the full story of her life, but just the most glorious time and happy-ending events.

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Travel


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