Monday, July 13, 2009
Blog reporter at work in a carriage through Vienna
I'm not a fan of horses but horse-drawn cart turned out to be a good way to see Vienna, especially after my first effort to walk around Vienna by following a map landed us in the used-car lot section of the city. I should have known. The map of this place looks like a spilled plate of spaghetti but the guy at the front desk of the hotel said go out turn right and go to the second traffic light, take a left and you'll come to the famous rings of the old section.
So there we were wandering among the T-Mobile stands, factories, littered lots and nondescript buildings of a modern city. No cafes, no statues, no grand buildings. "Ah," said my sarcastic friend, "Here we are at the Amadeus Auto Mall, a landmark." That was the clue to go into a hair dresser's shop and ask. She spoke English, of course, and directed us to a tram or you can take a taxi, she added. Best 10 Euros spent on the trip. We got to Gothic landmark of St. Stephen's soon afterward without incident.Blog reporter at work -- horse-drawn carriage also preferable to walking with map in strange city.