Monday, June 4, 2012

Floating Down the Danube, Part 2…


Evan and I got on the train in Budapest and about three blissful hours later, we were in Vienna.  You gotta love those European trains!  We checked into our hotel room and cast about for what to do first.  Well, we loved the boat rides in Budapest so much we took the same one twice.  So why not take one in Vienna?

Seems I should have done more homework on Vienna.  Here are a couple of things I didn’t know when we got there that I know now.  Vienna is on the (not so blue) Danube River but it is not oriented to the river like Budapest is.  I’m not sure why, but in Vienna the Danube seems like an afterthought.  Another thing about Vienna that I didn’t know is that it has got to rank up there on the list of the most graffitied cities in the world.  Along the waterfront, the graffiti is nothing short of spectacular.  We learned later that it is not illegal for taggers to tag along the river and so with no holds barred, the river walls are colorful, exciting examples of Street Art.  That is the subject of the blog today.  Later, I will show you the Vienna that I thought I was going to see.







One of the interesting things about travel is meeting people.  On our boat ride in Vienna, we happened upon the delightful Jennifer from near Melbourne, Australia.  Jennifer was taking a seven week trip through Europe at her own pace going where she wanted when she wanted.  Boy, I admire that!  We yakked the whole way up and down the Danube.    Here’s a photo of Jennifer with our waiter who was from South Africa.   Lying in bed this morning, I was thinking that I would like to calculate the number of miles we all had to travel to get to that place at that time, but I’m afraid my math skills are lacking.  But I think it ends up being quite a lot.


By the way, I don't know what's up with  blogger but these white lines seem to be  a permanent fixture on my page.  I am not sure how to turn them black.  And the fonts and spacing seem to have lives of their own all of a sudden.  Oh, well...

11 comments:

heyBJK said...

I guess it's not looked upon as vandalism like it is here. I love the third through fifth shots! Whoever did the turtle and octopus has some real talent! The three-eyed owl or whatever that is, is very creative, too.

TexWisGirl said...

yeah, i like the turtle, too! awesome! pretty interesting...

MEcoy said...

im loving those mural especially the last two

Nicki said...

Ok, the turtle and what ever that is following the turtle graffiti are pretty darn cool. the others are quite interesting.

I hear ya on the whole Blogger having a mind of its own - sometimes I feel like I'm wrestling an octopus trying to get a post up.

Sandra said...

i think i like the turtle best of all the murals. what a wonderful trip, can't wait to see the rest of vienna. are you copy and paste into blogger? i find those white lines come when i copy and paste from another program.

Rose said...

Oh, that graffiti is art at its finest....love that sea turtle.

Chatty Crone said...

You are having or had a great trip - I love the 'art' work. So many wonderful things - but you are home now - or almost. I don't have your email -but it will be nice for you and your son! lol sandie

Chatty Crone said...

You have a pug - oh I LOVE pugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie said...

It's awesome art!! I have been cursing at blogger for about a month now with the whole spacing thing. It really does have a mind of its own and it's never the same twice.

I really like the turtle!!!

Robert Geiss said...

What an adventure ! Picture four and five are great. Thank you much for this journey. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

Lydia Martin said...

Well who knew about the grafitti ~ do the turtle and the octopus qualify as such? Hmmm...

Interesting comments re the travel to come together at that point...small world

Enjoying your blog