Days 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51: Vienna

Sunday May 22, 2005, 9 km (6 miles) – Total so far: 3,104 km (1,929 miles)

Friday was spent sightseeing in Vienna; which has a surprisingly familiar ambiance and architecture to our home city of London. We did some shopping and explored the famous flea market.Saturday and Sunday were spent at the campsite, bikes were cleaned and books were read. Both machines have fared OK so far; We only have one of our original four tyres left having split two side walls and completely worn through one. The broken bracket that holds my Ortlieb bar bag was replaced on Saturday and we’re both now on our second set of brake blocks.

Saturday and Sunday were spent at the campsite, bikes were cleaned and books were read. Both machines have fared OK so far; We only have one of our original four tyres left having split two side walls and completely worn through one. The broken bracket that holds my Ortlieb bar bag was replaced on Saturday and we’re both now on our second set of brake blocks.

On Sunday afternoon I cycled up the large hill immediately behind the campsite, it took about half an hour and there were loads of steep hairpin bends but it was well worth the effort. There were spectacular panoramic views of the city and the mountains to the west from a giant viewing tower; not good for those with vertigo.

On Monday I nipped into town to post the Danube cycle path guides back home, buy some postcards and replace one of the therm-a-rest camping mattresses which had a bulge the size of a beach ball having being left inflated in a hot tent.

Tuesday was our second proper day of sightseeing in Vienna; we climbed the tower in St Stephens and visited the Albertina Art Gallery. The exhibitions included Goya to Picasso, a collection of drawings from the collection of Jan Krugier and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, plus a collection of Piet Mondrian from his early, gloomy Dutch oils to the modern square stuff.

During the afternoon, we watched the new Star Wars movie (in English) in a nice old style cinema with very comfy seats. The film was shit.

This was the view of Vienna from the hill behind the campsite

This was the view of Vienna from the hill behind the campsite

The Zeltplatz in Camping Wien West

The Zeltplatz in Camping Wien West

From the roof of Stephansdom

From the roof of Stephansdom

The amazing tiled roof of the cathedral

The amazing tiled roof of the cathedral

The Albertinaplatz from the Albertina

The Albertinaplatz from the Albertina

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