We Become Adopted Grand-Parents

@JudyEv (123433)
Bunbury, Australia
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.
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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@LadyDuck (157720)
• Switzerland
29 Dec 15
Vienna is a city that I really love, it's a shame we always visited in winter and it's cold, very cold there.
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@vickyrose (1990)
• Canberra, Australia
29 Dec 15
I've always traveled to the Northern Hemisphere in Dec-Jan (winter) as it was the only time I can take leave when I used to work. Waiting for full retirement so we can travel there in Spring or summer.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
I don't suppose we'll ever see it in the winter. The weather was warm and sunny when we were there.
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@LadyDuck (157720)
• Switzerland
29 Dec 15
@JudyEv In winter it's terribly cold, I remember we stopped time by time in a cafe to drink something hot because we were freezing.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
That looks like another lovely place. Poor homeless man.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
It's surprising how many homeless people have dogs. They must be great company for them but another drain on resources. It was a bit disturbing. I guess he would just move on somewhere else.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
@JudyEv Sometimes I wonder if they have dogs to gain sympathy - if they are begging, that is.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec 15
@jaboUK That's very possible.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Dec 15
I wanted to go to Vienna when I was in Austria a couple of years ago. But it was too far from Klagenfurt, where we started.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec 15
We missed some nice towns too because of the distance. No averaging 80 - 100kmh over there! Although of course you could on the motorways. We like countryside so we mostly told the GPS no motorways, no tollways.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Dec 15
@JudyEv We did take the Autobahn up to Germany (Munich). But that was as far as we got.
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@hiru84 (956)
• Malaysia
29 Dec 15
I think you can't forget this experience for a long time. Isn't it?
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
And if we start to forget it, we'll have our photos to look back on :)
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@shellyjaneo (1091)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
Sounds like a lovely place and what an interesting amusement park. I hope you have lots of energy spare for dealing with a 2 year old x
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
She was gorgeous. It helps to hand them back at the end of a day :) And she can now say 'Judy' which she couldn't when we left. How cool is that?
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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
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
@shellyjaneo You're lucky he hasn't learnt 'no' or perhaps you just didn't mention it. It's usually one of the first words they learn. Will he lie down with you for a nap?
@Hannihar (36533)
5 Mar
Judy, that is a real honor you were given.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
It was indeed. We saw them last year as well and enjoyed spending time with them both.
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@Hannihar (36533)
5 Mar
@JudyEv I am glad Judy.
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@Shiva49 (13040)
• Singapore
4 Jan 16
I felt like having visited this place from the comfort of my home especially with the video that is short and sweet! It is becoming "now or never" for me to visit such exotic places - siva
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 16
I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. We are fast reaching the stage where we have to pick our travels carefully. We cannot afford to put things off either - especially when it comes to travelling overseas.
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@Shiva49 (13040)
• Singapore
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
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@DeborahDiane (21707)
• Laguna Woods, California
31 Dec 15
How lovely! Every time I see your pictures, I keep wishing we had gone to Vienna on one of our trips to Europe. I hope we get another chance!
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 16
There are a few places I'd like to go back to too. But it remains to be seen if we'll make it or not.
@MALUSE (40299)
• Germany
30 Dec 15
I've been to Vienna only on a stop-over to Egypt when we couldn't get a direct flight from Germany. That was many years ago and I don't remember much. I know that there's a lot to see.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 16
I think having photos helps keep the memories alive.
@antonbunot (9514)
• Calgary, Alberta
30 Dec 15
Vienna is a place associated to music. I hope one day I visit Austria. . .
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 16
Yes, there is a lot of music on all the time in Vienna - and people trying to sell you tickets for concerts.
@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Dec 15
What a lovely video. Must be a very pretty place. I think to be an adopted grandparent is a very special thing. Best to you.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec 15
Thank you. We won't be having any grandkids of our own and Claudia (and consequently her daughter) is very special to us.
• United States
29 Dec 15
I always love reading your posts as I feel as if I've gone on a trip with you. Hopefully some day I'll be able to enjoy seeing beautiful places myself.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
We're going to the zoo next. I'm losing my enthusiasm a bit for zoos but the animals in Vienna Zoo all seemed happy.
@gr8nana6 (2194)
• United States
29 Dec 15
I just love Vienna, my parents took me there several times when I was a young girl. Many, many years ago, lol. Beautiful slideshow pictures too.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
Glad you enjoyed the photos. It is certainly a lovely city.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
29 Dec 15
You have friends and "family" all over the world, it seems. So nice to have friendly faces in strange places.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• 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 :)
@Platespinner (16520)
• 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!
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
Wow! Fancy that. You could have a meal in the little cabin things but we didn't bother.
@vickyrose (1990)
• Canberra, Australia
29 Dec 15
How nice. Vienna is on my bucket list and hopefully I can travel there soon. You're lucky to experience the beauty, culture and mingling with the people living there.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
We have been twice now and hope to go again. Claudia is such a lovely person and a great Mum. We adore her. She is the daughter we didn't get to have.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Dec 15
I would love to visit there some day! Gorgeous pictures as usual. You always seem to run into the nicest people when on your trips.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
I was nearly in tears because this guy was just so kind. Unbelievable.
• Greece
29 Dec 15
We visited Vienna for the first time this year and I agree with Anna it is a city to fall in love with. I had no idea how beautiful it is.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
It is lovely isn't it? I could happily live there.
@jstory07 (67191)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Dec 15
What a nice place that you visited.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
The city is really lovely.