Saturday, July 25, 2009

Seavas Wien! Vienna Travel Tour

After the wonderful 3 days in Prague, I alighted a luxury bus to Vienna, the capital of classical music!

The bus is well equipped, with LCD monitors in the bus for DVD playback, and free drinks throughout the journey. Fantastic value.. I got my ticket for 9 pounds, which is great! If you book earlier, you can get the ticket for 5 pounds! It is Check it out.


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Interior of the bus.


It even has channels for you to listen to.

After 4 hours of bus journey , and a transit change of bus, I arrived in the most desirable place (and probably the safest) to live on earth--- Vienna.


In the metro station


Went into Stephenson Dom. Too dark, so didn't take a photo. Will come back on the next day.


Outside of Stephenson Dom.

The weather was really bad throughout the whole evening. So I gave up on taking photographs on the street. The guide book did emphasising how mild and wonderful the weather Vienna has to offer, enclaves in the Alps area, protected from all kinds of extreme weather… but all I can say is that from my point of view, it is all bollocks.. LOL!

While walking tiredly and enduring the cold + wet weather, I searched frantically for that bloody Ribs of Vienna Restaurant that Ing Chang raved so much… And I can’t find it!

So in the end I changed my plan and look for this unusual restaurant instead—Zwolf-Apoltelkeller. Translated in English The Twelve Apostle’s Cellar. How cool is it if you can dine in the cellar, three storeys below ground? I am sure that you will not get these kind of experience other than in Vienna—and this restaurant is famous for it, with its own wine brewery built in as well.


I have trouble finding the restaurant at first, as it has the sign board, but you have to walk past the dodgy looking side alleys, went through the building’s backyard, and walk down the partially dark and narrow staircases. Yes it is walking down wards, not climbing up! I got lost somewhere in between, with no other sign boards to help. But I managed in the end. And the end of the stairs, you will be greeted by ambient lights, live classical music and lively crowd!


The staircase that leads you into another dimension

Lively crowd


I sat at this corner

Waiters are all very friendly, approachable. The first thing I ordered—The Schnitzerl + house famous white wine. I know white didn’t matched with red meat, but well, i wanted something sweet. I am quite surprised to see people are allowed to smoke in the cellars. Well I might be too get used to the English environment, where a blanket ban on smoking in the buildings is enforced.


The grainy photo didn’t do justice for the great meal. It is quite dark in the cellar and my G10 can’t handle it well. This photo was shot in ISO1600 setting, hence the extremely grainy look.IMG_1362

It is great! The pork Schnitzerl is a perfect introduction to Viennese traditional food. The whole dinner cost 12.30 euro, including tax. It is a custom to leave a tip for the waiter in Vienna, as it is an indication of you complaining of the service if you don’t. So 10% will be alright. I happily paid that as the service is great. Overall, it was reasonably priced, taking into account of all the ambient, food quality and hospitality you received.


Another corner of the restaurant.

After the dinner, the rain subsided.. I said subsided, not stopped. So you can imagine me still hanging on my dear brolly, wandering through the streets while snapping night photographs. It is indeed extremely safe in Vienna even in the darkest hours. They are not even a soul in some streets and so quiet!


The corridor of the Staatsoper. Vienna premier Opera House. World famous.


Staatsoper front view.


I walked until I reached the Natural History Museum and snapped some traffic photos.


Then the Art museum. As there is nothing much happening in the city, I walked back to the hostel and have a couple of drinks with my roomies.

Come back here soon for more things happening in Vienna.


My blog has remained stagnant for a couple of weeks. I was extremely busy with my work, trip itinerary planning, and other stuff.

I will try to keep updating my blog, but this time it will be a short summary of the events. Just keep it short and sweet.

Hope it is ok with you all. Cheers!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe Trip Day 2 Part 5

When the night fell, I decided to went out for a quick stroll and grabbed any opportunities for a photoshoot, and yes I did get a great chance!

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge at night. Handheld shot. ISO200, with exposure length of 1 sec, IS on. Lean on the river barricade. Difficult shot!

Same position, different shot. You can still see a little bit blurry due to movement. Difficult shot!

Another walk to the old market square, and the view was simply stunning. I would like to recommend the visit to everyone that travel to Prague. It is extremely beautiful! Trust me, you will impress by the look of it. OK less words, more photographs now. Tell me what you think about the photographs.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Watch Michael Jackson Memorial Live!

Surely this memorial will be compared with the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley Memorial, you can now watch it live online now with the embedded player here.

Rest in Peace Michael Jackson.

The memorial now can be viewed in Thank you.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe Trip Day 2 Part 4

After all those walking under the hot blazing sun, I walked back to the St Vitus Cathedral, and it is great that the long Queue has gone, so I was happily walked into the grand cathedral. I stood at the main entrance and was wondering why so many people queuing to walked into this cathedral? It looks like a typical Gothic style building, nothing special… BUT

I saw this! The most vivid and stand out stained glass I ever seen.

As The Bohemian people made the world finest crystal and stained glass, there is no doubt that their most celebrated cathedral should have the windows decorated in those high quality stained glass too.


St Wenceslas Chapel

After spending a long time admiring the beauty of the cathedral, I proceed to go back to my hostel.

exterior of the St Vitus Cathedral.

While I was still in the palace area, took this photo.

And I came across a policeman, and of course snap one photo for the memory.


Come back soon for the night scene photos in Prague.

Friday, July 03, 2009

He is Obama Barrack, the Super Hero!

Now for something that is completely refreshing, watch this youtube clip! Oh it is so catchy and man, Obama actually looks better than the Spiderman cartoon.

But to be frank, Obama really does lifted the spirit of America up, and my perception of America improved a lot since he is a president. Way to go Obama! Yes we can change!

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