|Here's your german meat and potatoes!|
One of the church's we visited was Fraunkirche church. It was built in 1468, and originally the inside was decorated very ornately. However, after WWII the church was destroyed, and when Fraunkirche was reconstructed the interior was built in a much more simple manner.
|Over the river in Salzburg, Austria|
|One of the many locks on the Austrian lock bridge.|
|This speaks for itself|
|Giant-sized floral clock in the beautiful park in Vienna :)|
|View of Vienna, Austria from the top of Stephansdom Wien (St. Stephen's Church)|
|Tis the top of St. Stephen's Church in Vienna.|
|Immaculate Heart of Mary by L. Kupelwieser. This painting is inside St. Peter's Church in Vienna. St. Peter's is a beautiful Baroque church which was built in 1733 and entrusted to the care of Opus Dei Priests in 1970.|
Although the morning started off with a bit of confusion about why we had decided to go to Vienna; Rick Steve's got our day started off to a good start. (Post lunch and tree-climbing) I tried my first Mirabell Mozart chocolate, which were sold aaaaaall over Austria. It was good, but not exquisite.. which was what I was hoping for after seeing every other person in the streets of Vienna carrying a Mirabell chocolate bag and seeing Mirabell chocolates on just about every street corner.
The Rick Steve's tour covered a lot of ground! We saw
- An Opera house: Of which we did not go see an opera in.
- Cafe Sacher: Home of the world's "classiest chocolate cake" the Sacher torte (but really it just tastes like dry chocolate cake.
- Albertinaplatz which is where there is a monument against war and facism.
- Kaisergruft church: This is where Habsburg royalty are buried.
- Stephansplatz Cathedral
- Graben "ditch": This was originally a moat for the Roman military camp
- St. Peter's Church: Emperor Leopold ordered this church to be built as a thank you to God for surviving the 1679 plague.
- Kohlmarkt: Vienna's most elegant and unaffordable shopping street.
- Michaelerplatz: This is where you can see the facade of the Hofburg Palace.
- Hofburg Palaces
|Once again.. self-explanatory :). Inside this Polish bakery was one of the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever had the priviledge of eating.|
|Giant head near the Town Hall Tower in Vienna|
|Our Lady of Czestochowa|
|This is the exact view that Blessed John Paul II would see when he prayed in his favorite church in Krakow. (He always sat in the second to last pew on the left hand side.)|
|This is the window outside of St. Faustina's cell, near the Divine Mercy Shrine.|
- St. Mary's Church: This holds a beautiful 3-part Gothic altarpiece, done by German, Veit Stoss. It was completed in 1489, and was the first altar stolen by the Nazis in WWII.
- Main Market Square
- Church of St. Adalbert: This is a tiny, copper-domed church which is the oldest church in Krakow. It was built back in the 10th century.
- Cloth hall: One of the city's main markets wihch sells a lot of Polish souveneirs including amber, fur, and wooden boxes.
- Town Hall Tower: At the base of the tower is a a giant sculpture of a head that is placed on it's side. You can crawl inside and stick your face out of the eyes.
- Bazylika Sw. Franciszka (St. Francis' Basilica): Another beautiful gothic church, and Pope John Paul II's home church while he was Archbishop of Krakow.In the chapel on the side of the church there is a replica of the Shroud of Turin which was touched to the original shroud. It was absolutely amazing to see. It was almost unbelievable to see such a real image of Jesus' body impressed upon the Shroud.
- Plac Sw. Marii Magdaleny (Mary Magdalene Square): This was Krakow's main square back when Krakow was just a village.
- Hotel Copernicus: Which hosted both Copernicus and George W. Bush
- Yellow house where Karol Wojtyla lived for 10 years after WWII, and long before he became Pope.
- Wawel Cathedral: Poland's national church. It holds the tombs of nearly all of Poland's most important rulers and greatest historial figures.