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  1. 1. Vienna Finally, after more than two months since I returned from my Europe trip, I completed this album on Vienna. (Photo shows the fountain fronting Schonbrunn Palace, a Viennese must-see landmark) I spent ten days in Vienna from August 14 until 27, when I arrived at Hilton Danube, and experienced the "Old Vienna" practically on foot (although I did ride all available transport except taxi - from the shuttle Mercedes Benz service of Hilton Danube to the u-bahn, the strassenbahn, the tram, and the cat airport train). Click here to view my Vienna photos: %3a// My photos begin with the famous region south of Vienna along the Danube up North called "Wienerwald" where the Abbey of the Holy Cross is located. This Cistercian monastery was established by Leopold III the Saint in 1133. Of particular interest is the cloister and the chapel where the relic of the Holy Cross is enshrined. After this tour, we visited Mayerling, the hunting lodge where Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide with his lover. Then off we went to Baden, a health resort, located within a beautiful landscape of hills, woods and vineyards. The 15 hot springs had been used by the Romans and visited by famous people such as Mozart and Beethoven. From 1813 until 1834 Baden was used as summer residence by the royal court. I spent a good deal of time at Karlsplatz because the ICA-SUV seminar was held at the University of Vienna campus ( in Karlplatz. Which explains the Karlskirche (one of the finest Baroque example), Brahms monument in the Karlplatz garden (photo below right), and the original train station. Quite near is the Opera House and Stadtpark where I stood beside the Strauss monument (below Brahms). Two stops at the U- bahn is St. Stephen's Cathedral where I spent many afternoons because it is in the center of Vienna, (although I managed to discover the oldest part of the town around St. Ruprechts Church (the oldest in Vienna ca. 11th c). From Pfeilgasse (a budget hotel) where I stayed for one week after I moved out of Hilton Danube, it's only one stop by strassenbahn to the Museumstrasse. So I pass by everyday the Volkstheatre, the Museumplatz where the famous Maria Theresa monument and the twin museum buildings of fine arts and natural history stand. A litle detour and I wind up at the Parliament and the Rathaus (the townhall) and end up at the Heldenplatz, the Hofburg Imperial Palace (which I toured for more than 2 hours to see the Imperial apartments and the Silverware collection), the National Bibliotek, and the nearby Burggarten (lovely park) where I posed before Mozart's memorial. Though not in the picture is a memorial to Goethe along the
  2. 2. Ringstrassen Boulevard across the Burggarten. Almost everyday I made it a point to visit a church and light two candles for my Nanay and Daddy. In this album, I have pictures of some of them. I also had dinner in an Italian sidestreet cafe with Nap Cuenco (a psychiatrist from Virginia), Alex and Rona Rosario (accountants from New York), and Ruthie (a nurse from Virginia). I ordered a big plateful of bridal pasta and seafood, a cup of capuccino and gellato for dessert. An early am trip to Schonbrunn was a must because of its historical significance and magnificence. But taking pictures/videos was strictly forbidden so I have only pictures taken outside. Same with the Belvedere Palace (above beside Mozart’s statue), which I visited on another occasion by myself because of distance from the city. The trip to Salzburg on my own is in another album ( where I traced the steps of Daddy who spent a good deal of time there, and took a good shot of Mozart's gebursthaus, the Mirabella gardens, the cathedral, and St. Peter monastery. I lighted two candles at St. Blasius Church, the oldest stone church, and the quietest part of the city. I also made a photo stop at St. Wolfgang lake to capture the scene of The Sound of Music. My last two days were spent at The Austria Center where the ICA (International Council on Archives) Congress was held. Photo below shows some of the participants who attended both the pre-Congress seminar sponsored by SUV and the ICA Congress.