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Sopron and More

Written on: Monday December 10th, 2007

A journal entry from: Pierce in Vienna, Fall 2007

In the past few weeks, everything has been blurring together as the semester is coming to a close.

Taylor, Cathy, and I have a great time together.  We went to a beautiful town - Sopron, Hungary - where the shops were cheap and the people friendly.  The quaint town truly enchanted me.  It had a Medieval "old town" surrounded by a moder modern Baroque/Habsburgian style.  The streets in the old town were gorgeous, with cobblestones and an almost magical feel.  There were even Roman ruins.  It is interesting how the town voted to be part of Hungary, yet it sticks into Austria.  It is bilingual, with everyone speaking Hungarian and German, as well as many who also speak English.  One woman pulled us into her gallery, Poppins Gallery, which had lovely metal sculptures, especially of Mary Poppins.  

We also stumbled upon a Renaissance Faire at the Arsenal, a gorgeous Medieval complex that houses Vienna's military museum.  

We've been to many Christmas markets - all of them have booths of wares in a holiday atmosphere and serve delicious drinks and food, yet each individual market has its own uniqueness.  My favorite is the market at Karlzplatz, which is full of hand-made crafts and nice gifts.

The other day, Cathy, Taylor, and I took the professor's kids around the city.  First we went to the Prater, a large amusement park with only a few rides open, now that the summer is long gone.  Then we went to the Spittleberg Christmas market.  The last thing we did was ride the tram around the Ringstrasse, which was very pleasant, and circles the major street around Vienna.