Trip to Vienna, Madrid, Amsterdam and Lage 6/15/07 - 6/26/07 - oh yes, all the people I visited on this trip were people I've known for years from playing Tombraider. For some of us it's our ten year anniversary of knowing each other. First online and then in person.
Meeting dear Liz in Vienna to sightsee and celebrate my birthday, then to Madrid to visit Alexandre and Dina, then off to Amsterdam to visit Gerty and meet up with Ian. Then driving to Lage for the Tombraider convention. Hurrah! Okay, now that it's all happened it's clear that the Lage trip will have to have its own page.
Okay so here's how it went, on June 15th Delhi to Vienna for four days, Tuesday Vienna to Madrid for 24 hours, back to Vienna the next day, fly to Amsterdam Thursday, drive to Lage the day after that and stay until Sunday, drive back to Amsterdam and fly out to Vienna on Sunday night, back to Delhi Tuesday afternoon the 26th. Right Liz? It's how we do it...it's how we roll. *chortle*
Rocky and Samwell you know...it's Liz
coffee to start
St. Stephens Cathedral
as always when in a church, I light candle for lost loved ones or loved ones in distress
these break dancers were quite good
out for my birthday dinner following...WELL...'s my birthday
Liz took me to Dots for the best veggie sushi/maki ever
we were so full that we just looked at dessert instead of having any
next day we took in the Naschmarkt for olives, cheeses and bread
vinegar! I bought the elderberry balsamic
Then Schonbrun - this was the summer palace of the Hapsburgs
We spent hours there and didn't even go in, next time we'll go in. The grounds were huge and full of hidden terraces, fountains, the occasional grotto or altar and statues. Not to mention squirrels and birds.
ruins with fountaina friend
the view of the palace from the fountain at the end of the mall
this was a gift to a momlooking out over Vienna
a beautiful bride was taking her wedding photos there
Okay folks, here's Madrid in less than 24 hours...ready SET....GO! Liz and I go to visit Dina and Alexandre (babycroft and Alexinou)...first to Dina's house to wait for Dina
we listen to Dina play and sing
then we go to dinner at the Pharaoh's Cave
Dina multitasks while driving....seatbelts on!
it's cold and there are wolves
....BACK TO VIENNA
back from Madrid, Liz's dad picks us up at the airport and her parents take us to dinner at an Austrian inn specializing in typical Austrian food, it's called a heuriger
Next day off to Amsterdam to meet Gerty, Dutchy and Jantje
meeting Jantje in person for the first time! He didn't join us for the meeting though.
good to see Ian again.TR cheerleaders?first time meeting Dutchy as well and glad I did
there are a LOT of stairs to get to Gerty's house
nice silhouette of Jan and Lizdinner at an Indian restaurant
no makeup, toast, tea and (ready Pipeliner!?) SASKATOON JAM!
...and heeeeeere's Lage and the Tombraider Meeting VIII - we set off for Lage and meet Titak on the way and our convoy is off!
home to Gerty's again and resting before we fly back to Vienna
Back in Vienna, Liz's parents come get us to take us to Weiner Neustadt where Liz was born. We are going for a walk in the mountains. Now I know that when Liz's father says, "Let's go for a walk!" He really means, "Let's go hang from a mountainside." Those Austrians!
admiring Liz's parent's back garden
we set out by our car for the small village where Liz's family began, it's near the trail we'll be taking
Liz and her dad
I was going to delete this photo but Liz likes it so it's staying in
we hit the trail, so....essentially, it's all up...all of it
we pause here to drink elderberry flavored water made by Liz's mom..delicious
the views are breathtaking
Liz and her mom
I love this photo of Alfred, he's explaining to me some of the history of this valley
Liz's dad makes me go first in case I run into trouble
Alfred tells me that probably only 1 in hundreds of thousands of Americans see this bit of Austria, he's laughing as I give myself a cheer
wait wait, I'm supposed to go UP that thing?
does my butt look big in this crevice? Ha!
the views are worth the climbparagliders
this is a map of the area and I've enlarged the trail we climbed
back in Vienna, we order pizza for dinner and I discover this bear, still celebrating my birthday apparently
Liz pores over an esoteric book
then back to Delhi *sigh* This was one of the best trips ever