With its reasonable prices, convenience, frequent train schedule, great signage and spacious seats (compared to some other cities) Vienna has to have one of the best subway systems in the world. What's more, and what I think is also important in encouraging honesty and good citizenship, it operates largely on the honor system. There are no barriers to entering the stations but undercover U-Bahn employees do check tickets from time to time and the fine for not paying (I hear) is substantial. Just learn to read the signage and moving about the city is a breeze. This is the U-Bahn entrance at Stephansplatz with the Graben walking street in the background—the heart of the city.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
It's not often that I've seen Strauss's beautiful blue Danube look blue. But it did on this day until sunset when street lights brought out hints of lilac and gold. This view is looking toward the Donauinsel, the long Danube island that splits the river in Vienna.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
There is evidently no evidence that Romeo and Juliet existed beyond the hearts and minds of millions. Yet, if you are in Verona you can visit Juliet's "home."
Hearts on the wall leading to the apartment. Graffiti is a huge problem here.
The courtyard was packed with visitors when we arrived. That's Juliet's balcony, thought to be a recycled sarcophagus.
What beautiful windows...and I appreciate this man showing up with just the right clothes and beard to add a Shakespearean flair!
Tourists rub the bronze breast of Juliet, participating in the modern myth that it will bring true love.
Others place locks with their names on them and throw away the keys as a symbol of their hope for everlasting love.
Inside Juliet's home.
Costumes from the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli movie, Romeo and Juliet
The Renzo Mongiardino-designed Renaissance style bed used in the movie.
You can use a Renaissance-style computer to send a message to Giulietta.
View of Verona rooftops.
Sleek wooden "books" with quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet dot the rooms.
"There is no world without Verona walls...."
Kisses in the guestbook.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Peaceful sights greet the visitor to Verona, Italy who arrives via the bridge, Ponte Scaligero. Yet even a cursory history of the area reveals a story worthy of investigation.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I don't often focus on hotels but I'd suggest you write this name down: Casa Villa d'Arco. Just outside of Verona, Italy, this is a very special place with extraordinary hosts and marvelous breakfasts.
|Upon arrival, owners Roberto and Vittoria invited us for a cool drink in their garden. We lingered till sunset questioning Roberto about his recommendations on what to see and do in the area.|
|The room I stayed in featured lovely antiques, a great oak floor, beams in the ceiling and beautiful linens.|
|The romantic view from my room.|
|Vittoria is a fabulous pastry chef who presents her delectable treats under lace.|
|Now this is a great start to living a beautiful life.|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Surrounded by mountains, one of our favorite places, Bled, Slovenia is symbolized by its picturesque steeple-topped island in the lake, a majestic castle on a cliff, stylish pletna boats, perfect cream cakes, slinky swans, and rustic horse-drawn wagons. It's a place to walk, row, sail, think and just enjoy an incredible intersection of the beauty of Nature and human interpretations of beauty...all the better with a bite of sumptuous cream cake in your mouth.