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14 Trip to Austria and Italy – August 29 – Back to Boston

2017/07/21
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Waiting for flight to Boston

Friday, August 29 – Wien   Next day on Friday, August 29 we had only one item on our to-do list.  We wanted to buy special local treat for our coworkers back in Boston.  We easily accomplished this in a local supermarket for 2.89€ per one bag of Mozart Balls.  In the airport the same bag sold for 12€. Car return was painless.  We drove 1,558.7 km in 11 days. Car rental turned out to be the most expensive item on our itinerary (over a $1000), since air travel was almost free. In Paris we had a layover and had to go through a security check one more time.  We had to…

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13 Trip to Austria and Italy – August 28 – Back to Wien

2017/07/17
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Modified: 2017/04/30
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Thursday, August 28 – Graz Next day on Thursday, August 28 we depart from Graz for Vienna around 10AM.  Roads in Austria are toll free, but if you use highways, you have to purchase passenger-car vignette.  We already had this sticker attached to the inside of the front windshield, because we rent our car in Austria. Johann Strauss Johannes Brahms Franz Schubert   Around 1PM we entered Vienna proper.  We took Favoritten exit from the highway and relatively quickly found Wiener Zentralfriedhof or Vienna Central Cemetery.  It is located a little off the center, and it is inconvenient to visit without a car. Ludwig van Beethoven Death gives a new address…

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12 Trip to Austria and Italy – August 26-27 – Venezia II

2017/07/13
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Modified: 2017/04/30
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Tuesday, August 26 – Venezia  Next day Tuesday, August 26 we planned our day tour in opposite direction.  From our hotel across the Ponte Scalzi towards universities, academies and through Ponte de l’Academia to see Piazza San Macro and see how far we can advance in a hot Italian August weather.     ^ A good Venician mask can greatly enhance your appearance < People lining up the streets to get into the catherdral are not shown Venezia – A Typical Traffic Jam >  By this time, we knew that shoes and water are two of your friends on a tour in a strange city.  And we’ve got both. Plus Venezia is a…

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11 Austria and Italy 2008 – August 25 – Venezia I

2017/07/09
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Late Evening in Venezia

Padova to Venezia Next day Monday, August 25 we rejected the option to remain here at Padova and keep riding to Venezia on train every day.   We just drove remaining 30km to Venezia. Venezia is connected with mainland by a long plain bridge or connector.  Several such connectors are going parallel to each other for cars and trains. The parking that we found right on the bus terminal plaza cost us 24€ per day.  From travel guides I was expecting 18€.  We picked just the cameras and water and embarked on our conquest on Venezia. From all locations this one was the most exciting.  O boy, o boy!  Do I ever expect to…

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03 Trip to Austria and Italy – August 15, 2008 – Wien

2017/06/08
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Hofburg Dome

Friday, August 15 – Wien Next day, on Friday, August 15, we woke up in a perfect spirit.  We slept for the first time on a new European schedule.  Breakfast is included, so we ate cheeses and ham and boiled eggs, lots of coffee and tea, and diluted orange juice. We checked out and moved all our stuff to Mozart Pension.  Here we used famous staircase Fillgraderstiege (build in1905-07).  Two streets (all streets in Vienna called Gasse) meet each other at different levels, and stairs are needed to connect them. It is interesting architecturally, but also it host a tiny little bar that opens at night and is extremely cozy. Center…

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02 August 14-15, 2010: Zurich

2016/11/29
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Modified: 2016/11/15
The Fuhrer of Russian Revolution

Like everything else except eternity, this story has a beginning. On a hot summer morning on August 31, 2010 at 7:45 EST in a comfort of fresh air-conditioned air, I am beginning this story, this vacation journal that shows how far Europe and America have moved apart during last 200-300 years. Have they ever been similar? This was our sixth trip to Europe in 11 years. On August 14, 2010 we landed in Zurich. Zurich is located in German-speaking zone of Switzerland.  Switzerland did not join the Euro zone and the currency here is Swiss Franks (CHF).  Our plan was to spend a couple of days here and then venture into a circular…

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Garmin Nuvi 750 – Unusual in Usual

2013/05/24
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Modified: 2013/05/06
Garmin Nuvi 750 – Unusual in Usual

Device comes with US map preloaded.   To start using it, no subscription is necessary, but you might want to keep buying map updates.  Device starts telling you that you map is over a year old – it is time to buy an update. You can install free internal software updates (firmware) through provided USB cable.  When connected through USB cable (for charging for example), you can NOT use the device.  You can see the content of you GPS unit as a hard drive on your PC. Device has a SD card slot to add more maps (like Europe – $50 -$100) or music (MP3), or photos, or books on tapes.  According…

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