On the Road and In Your Backyard

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It’s the first Friday of a new year, and we have otmar – hooray!

Enjoy the day. have a great weekend, and  enjoy the pictures!




Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

I’ve been negligent in posting updates from Europe. To atone, here are some christmassy (is that a word?) pictures from the last weeks.

Taken on 2018-12-17 00:00:00

A business trip brought me to Linz a few days later. This is an impression from the Landstraße with a view of the Ursulinen church.

Taken on 2018-12-16 00:00:00

Back in Vienna, we took the kids for a visit to the Christmas market in front of the Karlskirche.

Taken on 2018-12-14 00:00:00

There is a huge Christmas market at the cathedral. It it usually full of tourists and hard to pass through. So I just snapped this picture from the outside.

Taken on 2018-12-14 00:00:00


We had our company Christmas dinner in Salzburg this year (we’re split between Salzburg and Vienna), this is from my walk towards the venue.

The picture shows the Kajetanerkirche, it was built around 1690 and is currently part of a hospital (run by the order of the “Barmherzige Brüder”).

See also https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajetanerkirche


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8 replies
  1. 1
    otmar says:

    The picture ordering is still b0rked.

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    Mary G says:

    @otmar: It’s kind of fun to try to figure out which caption goes with which picture. Is that real snow under the trees for sale or fake? Love all the old buildings preserved. Here in California we haven’t been good at that, though the earthquakes don’t help.

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    JPL says:

    Otmar, The picture of the Kajetanerkirche is beautiful.

  4. 4
    otmar says:

    The c@Mary G: the captions are over the correct pictures. The intended order is 4,3,2,1.

    And the snow is for real.

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    arrieve says:

    I’ve always wanted to do one of those tours of the Christmas markets. Beautiful pictures.

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    susanna says:

    Great pictures of lovely old buildings. I shopped at the Vienna Christmas market back in ’68 whilst thumbing my way from one town to another. These recovered dusty memories, thank you.

  7. 7
    stinger says:

    Lovely images, lovely memories for you and your family, I’ll bet.

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    J R in WV says:

    Wonderful photos, doesn’t matter that their backwards to most of us…

    Thanks so much!!!

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