Vienna-Budapest trip

Posted by Patrice Wilton | 10:18 AM | 11 comments »

Hi everyone,
As some of you know I have just returned from a week in Vienna, with a three day Avalon riverboat cruise to Budapest. We traveled with some very good friends who live in Sydney, BC, which is on Vancouver Island, a very beautiful part of the world, but far from us in West Palm, Florida. So it was doubly nice to meet up and share this wonderful vacation.
Vienna, the city of music, is everything that one expects it to be. Gorgeous architecture, clean, classy, one of the nicest cities I've ever visited. We enjoyed the operar one night, and although we didn't go to the main Opera House, we enjoyed the Golden Hall which you may have seen on PBS every New Years Eve. We dined on a fabulous and famous Vienna special--boiled beef, which is actually a very tasty stew. We walked and shopped, and toured the Palace, and our two days flew by too quickly.
Next we boarded our "ship" and were delighted with our spacious room, and the relaxed atmosphere and entertainment on board as we cruised the Danube, sipping on wine from the upper outside deck while viewing castles and breathtaking scenery on our short trip to Melk, then Slovakia, ending our journey in Budapest.
Melk was an unexpected treat. The Abby was worth the visit, and the small town was extremely charming. I would have preferred more time there and less in Slovakia but the cruise packed in a lot in the short time.
Budapest, with their castle, their stunning parliament buildings and elaborate monuments was an exciting city to see. I hope to share some photos with you, if I can figure out how to download them!!
 I will most certainly try.


  1. Beth Trissel // May 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM  

    Sounds absolutely fabulous!~

  2. Pamela Varnado // May 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM  

    Patrice, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Was this your first time visiting Vienna? I've never been there, but you've made me want to go.

  3. Joan Conning Afman // May 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM  

    Yep, brings back wonderful memories. I agree, Vienna is one of the best, nicest, most beautiful cities anywhere. Wonderful photos. and so so glad you had a good time.

  4. Traci // May 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM  

    gorgeous pics - and what a wonderful vacation. Glad you are home, with your muse, safe and sound

  5. Autumn Jordon // May 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM  

    What a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing pictures.

    One day. Sigh.

  6. Mary Ricksen // May 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

    Gosh it sounds wonderful Patrice!

  7. Mona Risk // May 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM  

    Hi Patrice, I am going to relieve the rier cruise through your pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Patrice // May 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM  

    Thanks everyone,
    Wish I could have taken you all with me. It really is magical.

  9. Mary Marvella // May 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

    Another world traveler! Your trip sounds wonderful! Look forward to seeing the photos!

  10. Scarlet Pumpernickel // June 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

    Patrice, your photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I fell in love with Vienna in the 90's when I spent ten days there with two college friends. The palace is spectacular. We visited the Hoffburg and the Shomberg as well as the armory. You photos brought back fond memories.

  11. Josie // June 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM  

    What a wonderful trip, Patrice. Sounds perfect, and the pictures are beautiful.