Monday, September 04, 2006
Walking Tour of Vienna
The conference organizers were nice enough to put together a (very quick) walking tour of Vienna last night. I also managed to meet up with Gladimir, Michael and Cathy and we all went around on the tour. It lasted about 2 hours and we saw everything from St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mozart's place (he didn't die a poor man by the way), a Palace and Hero Square.
As we proceeded along the tour its really interesting to see the juxtaposition of new and old in Vienna. Many of the buildings are quite old (or at least have been rebuilt to look old after they were damaged during World War 2). There are many statues and monuments as you walk around and many times these monuments occupy the same area as such modern signs as Versace or McDonald's. Its always different (in a good and fun way) for me when I visit a place that has a really long history.