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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Picturesque Perth Ontario

Living in our little corner of Ontario, we are most fortunate to be an hour's drive away from lovely, vibrant, small towns.
 Just north of us is charming, heritage Perth
 The Tay River runs through the centre of town
With many shops to browse, and restaurants to choose from, 
our first stop was The Stone Cellar.
We ate on their cozy patio
I just had to try a local brew from Perth Brewery
 We feasted on  a 'nut' burger, with peach marmalade....
 ...and a lamb burger, topped with cranberries and brie!
After our yummy lunch, we strolled the downtown, 
enjoying the local wall art
The Marriage Quilt

One of Perth's biggest heros was
Big Ben, a world champion show jumping horse.
His statue adorns Stewart Park
'Code's Mill' is now a shopping area 
with a a great little restaurant, Fiddleheads Bar and Grill
  It overlooks Stewart Park .
This lovely place is the original Stewart homestead..
..they donated all the land for Stewart Park
Stewart Park, which is a favourite spot for weddings. 
It was a perfect day for an outing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

So Sad to Say Goodbye to Vienna

We spent out last day in Vienna doing some more sightseeing.
A must see is Schoenbrunn Palace
The front of the Palace
 We visited 22 rooms inside, 
but photos were not allowed of the interior

 There were hundreds of rose bushes all around

On our way to meet up with Helma for a traditional meal in a local pub/restaurant, we walked through 'Nashmarkt'; a very long outdoor market selling just about everything!

For our last meal there, we dined on schnitzel and 'boiled' beef.  
Can it get any more traditional??

Thanks Helma for a wonderful holiday
 Goodbye Vienna

It was wonderful.
Thank you so much Helma & Alan for your hospitality!
Until next time!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Back to Vienna

Once back from Prague, 
we had a couple of days left to enjoy more of Vienna.
Our first stop was a visit to the interior of Augustinian Church

 I have spent a number of hours in libraries during my life,
 but I have never seen one as beautiful as

This globe was created in 1693 by Vincenzo Coronelli, a noted cartographer

A few of the famous Lipizzaner stallions!
 We continued our walk and visited Hofburg
 which is the former principal Imperial Palace.
 Going back to a dark time in history, Hitler stood on this balcony addressing the Austrian people
To finish off a lovely day, we headed by train to Baden bei Wien
where our hosts had invited us to their home for dinner. 
The Opera House

Mozart lived here!
 Helma prepared a fabulous meal
Seafood risotto

 After dinner we browsed their personal library and came across this legal tome from 1734! 
Another superb day!
Our last day in Vienna up next.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

One last day in Prague

Prague is turning into one of my favorite cities.
The city is so picturesque and the people
 are some of the friendliest I have ever met.
We stayed at a lovely hotel, only 4 tram stops away from the center of the city.  It was once a theater, but now converted into a hotel.  

The breakfast dining room was the old theater
The breakfast buffet was fabulous!
We spent our last day walking around the city, 
soaking up all the atmosphere.
We strolled across The Charles Bridge with all the artists and vendors selling their wares 

 We were feeling that we needed a little break, so stopped at the Beseda Cafe in Malostranska for a quick snack on their terrace.

No matter where we strolled, the buildings didn't disappoint...
 ...nor did the view!

We visited the Jewish quarter, with its rich heritage.

Our last stop before heading to the train back to Vienna,
 were some sweets
with its 'Art Nouveau' interior 

So long Prague....thanks for the warm welcome.
The last few days in Vienna coming up.