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Austria and the Czech Republic
May 11-20, 2002


In May of 2002 I decided to take a trip to Vienna to see my half sister that I hadn't seen in years and it was a great trip indeed.   I managed to spend a good week getting to know her and her family better.  We also took a trip up to Carlsbad to see our dad who is ill with Alzheimer's.  On the way back we managed to swing by Prague as well albeit only for a day.  

Anyhow, got some great pictures as you'll see below......


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Iva and I looking down on Vienna

Vienna, Austria

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Me at Shonbrun, the Imperial Palace

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Lots of tourists go through here to see 
memories of Imperial Grandeur

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A Shonbrun Fountain

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The Palm Conservatory

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Guarding the Imperial gates

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Carriages outside of the Palace

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Vienna church which was relatively close to the Palaces.  The weather was perfect the entire week I was on the trip.

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Iva and I went for a way long bike ride along the Donau river which runs through Vienna, a great day....

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Stephansdom is the large Cathedral in the heart of the city.  Managed to see a great organ concert here on a sultry Wednesday evening, wow.

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Woman obsessed with her SMS cell phone.

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In the heart of the city around the corner from the Stephansdom

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Iva, part of the family and me

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Again, in the main square near Stephansdom

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A lamp (no kidding...)

This is a 360 degree panorama of the square in the center of Vienna (includes Stephansdom)

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic
 
Right, Karlovy Vary (Carsbad) from high on a hillside. CzechMustard.jpg Carlsbad7.jpg

Carlsbad is not a large city but it is famous for it's mineral hotsprings which abound.  It's also where part of my family hails from.

Hops.jpg Left, Carlsbad down by the river, here you're looking in at the center of the city.
Above, mustard fields as we zipped through the Czech countryside.

 

Hops fields which contribute to the Czech fame for quality beers.

 

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A local..

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More Carlsbad

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Carlsbad at night

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The city center

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The hotsprings

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A horsedrawn view of the city...

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In front of the hotsprings.

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One of the steep streets of Carlsbad

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My dad's apartment building.

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My half sister's Mom, quite the character...
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Me, our dad and Iva

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Another street scene

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This image struck me as so appropriate.  It is on a mountain overlooking Carlsbad and so represented what I saw while there.  The old sitting side by side with the very new each vying for attention.  It's a nation in transition and there is a great deal of pain from the economic shock the nation has sustained since democratic reforms.

 

Prague, Czech Republic
 

  PragueSign.jpg And so we drove on and managed to squeeze a day into the itenerary before flying down the Autobahn back to Vienna. Prague8.jpg  

A small panorama of the city of Prague

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A series of street scenes as we wound our way through this ancient baroque city, the last surviving one of Europe.

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Talk about Tourists, yikes....they were there in swarms...

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A series of shots from the inner city and around Karlsbrucke (the bridge).

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The giant cathedral at a high point of the city.  Incredible.

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A parting shot, the stained glass was, as you can see, amazing.