Thursday, December 11, 2008
Vienna Vienna Vienna Vienna Vienna
Photos, of the trip http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanroygbiv/sets/72157610649048905/
The flight was via Charles De Gall, Paris , http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/fr-fr/Passagers/, with Air France.
The plane was small 70 seater, but only18 on board !!. The inflight service was wonderful, Free meal, drinks, newspapers.
Plenty of leg room, the aisle on the plane was very wide.
CDH Paris airport, is MASSIVE (and I mean MASSIVE) good job we had wheelchair assistance, to find the right gate !!.
The flight in to Vienna, with Air France, was just as good.
We were met at Vienna airport http://www.viennaairport.com/jart/prj3/via/website.jart?rel=en&reserve-mode=active by the organisers of the event, who had ordered us a taxi to the Hilton Danube, Hotel.http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/VIEHAHI-Hilton-Vienna-Danube/index.do
The Hotel was FANTASTIC.
Huge rooms with twin queen beds, two armchairs, desk, wardrobe, dressing table with TV and tea/coffee making facilities plus 2 phones. In the bathroom was, all the usual plus hairdryer, all the toiletries you could ask for.
After breakfast, next day, we walked along the river Danube, which was rather “choppy” but still had ducks and swans, along the edge) over the main road (by bridge) to the Prater, http://www.wien.info/prater/index-e.html theme park – ferris wheel. 8 Euro`s for a marvellous trip. With panoramas of the whole city.
When back on “Terra Firma” we walked over to the Messe Wien Congress Centre http://www.messe.at/en/index.html . A big modern building.
The event was so emotional, seeing my new Digital Story “Stepping Stone” for the first time,
plus meeting Hanne and Signa (from Norway).
Our “stand” was within the European Commission area, as you enter the conference hall.
The whole exhibition was international, and meeting people from all over the world was exciting.
That night we were invited to a cocktail party, at Belvedere Palace http://www.belvedere.at/jart/prj3/belvedere/main.jart?rel=en where mulled wine and roast chestnuts were served as we entered the Palace.
Where food and drinks were served, while we looked at the sculptures and artwork.
Within the grounds, was a Austrian Christmas market, set up for us, to look around.
Next day we met Signa,at the hotel, where she was staying, Courtyard Marriot Messe Wien, and went to the underground, railway station, caught the train, at Krieau, to Karlsplatz.
(the underground is so Clean, puts the UK, to shame)
We went to the market (which hadent opened) so we went in to the huge church “Karlskirche” http://www.karlskirche.at/index.html (they have a step climber, to assist us Wheelies, at the enterence).
Inside the paint work is awesome !! we went in the lift to the viewing platform, then Signa and I “braved” the stairs up to the top, of the tower, another awesome sight, of the city, and a very good view, of the long way DOWN.
After, looking around the market, we headed back, via the subway, to return, to where we started.
The rest of the day was spent at the Congress centre, with another invite, to a Gala Dinner at City Hall, Vienna. http://www.wien.gv.at/english/cityhall/
This event was overwhelming, a huge building, spectacular architecture, over 1200 people from different places of the world (many from TV companies (or connected with the Digital world, such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard plus more).
We had dinner, were entertained with dancers, watched an award ceremony, and watched a fashion show.
Then we mingled or “Networked” with many people, before we made our way to the hotel, transport supplied.
Another morning at the congress centre, meeting the people, from the night before, in a different situation. Before saying our good byes, we all had lunch, while swapping addresses and email addresses.
Then came a very emotional time of our departure.
A taxi was waiting to take us to Vienna airport.
We were booked on a flight to Bristol, via Brussels. http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/
Again, the service was excellent, with a smallish plane, which we were surprised, when the flight attendant said “see you in half an hour”, as we were exiting, the plane, at Brussels .
After going through Passport control (which takes a while), we went back and boarded the SAME plane!!!!!.
This time the in flight meal was a salad, (the first leg, of the flight was Ham pasta) and we got given a few small snacks, for the drive home.
Now, at home, renaming photos and uploading, them. (Causing very strong emotional memories) http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanroygbiv/sets/72157610649048905/
Planning my next trip, to Gambia, next month.
And investigating travel options, to enable us to visit our new friends in Norway.
Now to continue, looking for that “multi ended” candle