We Become Adopted Grand-Parents
By Judy Evans
December 29, 2015 12:26am CST
Late in July 2015, we arrived in Vienna, Austria, in our motor-home. We were booked into a lovely caravan park close to the train service. We had a little trouble trying to work out what tickets we needed but a very kind person not only helped us get our tickets but ensured we got seats on the train and took us to the help desk where we purchased ten-day tickets. We must have looked a bit old and helpless as the man was just so kind. We alighted at the Praterstern stop and walked through the 'Wurstelprater' or amusement park there. This is said to be the oldest amusement park in the world and was first mentioned in a document in 1162. In 1766, Emperor Josef II donated the area to the people of Vienna. It has many attractions including the Wiener Riesenrad or Viennese giant wheel, built in 1897 and one of the city's landmarks. The Grottenbahn has 30 grottos and is accessed by a cute little train. The Praterturm stands 117 metres high, was built in 2010 and is the highest flying swing in the world. Police woke up a sleeping man and moved him on while his little dog looked a bit embarrassed about it all. We had lunch at a café and Vince enjoyed his beer. We then caught another train to our friend's station. Claudia had stayed with us in Australia some years previously. It was lovely to make the acquaintance of Claudia's little two-year-old daughter. We have been given the privilege of being her adopted grandparents. Later we drove into the nearby market square and admired the beautiful gardens and the water feature.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
@JudyEv That is so cute, I'm trying to get my little man to say anything lol. He can say Mum, Dad and Yes but that's it so far. I am wishing I had someone to hand him to today, he is being monstrous which is not like him. He is exhausted but refusing point blank to have a nap :( x
4 Jan 16
@JudyEv I understand as I am in the same boat. Luckily, technology has come to our rescue to see everything, including outer space, from the comfort of home! Of course, it is not the real deal. If it is not meant to happen then it is alright with me too, no regrets - siva
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
Claudia is a couch-surfer. Have you read any of my posts on these people? It's an organisation where people can sleep cheaply at someone's home, maybe on their couch. We have had a lot of young people stay with us but haven't been on the receiving end too often as we didn't used to travel much. Some of these people you stay in touch with; others not so much. It is certainly very useful to have friends in strange places :)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
29 Dec 15
Considering it was built in 1897 it makes perfect sense that the Wiener Riesenrad looks a lot like the original Ferris wheel built for the 1893 Chicago Exposition. The kids and I read a novel centered around building that original wheel for school called "The Great Wheel." Very interesting stuff!