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Italy, Venice: Doge’s Palace, Venice

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The Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale, was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic. The Venetian Gothic construction started around 1340 and was modified many times over the centuries due to fires and governmental needs.

Italy, Venice: Bridge of Sighs, Venice

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In Venice, the Ponte dei Sospiri or the Bridge of Sighs is an arched limestone bridge that connects the Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni Nuove, or the New Prisons. It got its name from the sighs of the prisoners walking across it.

Italy, Venice: The Lion, the Ladies and the King

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On top, you have the victorious Vittorio Emanuele II (1849-1861) who was the first King of united Italy. On the 2 sides are statues of the winged Lion of Saint Mark with paws on books and a regal woman (and a silly woman).

Italy, Venice: Venice from the Water

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Approaching St. Mark’s Square, Venice, from the water.

Austria, Vienna: Mountain Views from the Bus

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You never mind long bus rides – this one from Vienna to Venice – when this is the kind of mountain scenery you are passing.

 

Austria, Salzburg: Archway Salzburg, Austria

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Walking through the streets of old city in Salzburg, Austria still has the feel of an old city.

Austria, Salzburg: Fun Souvenirs in Salzburg Austria

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You can find these handmade people in old city, Salzburg Austria.

 

Austria, Salzburg: Mozart in Salzburg

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756. His family lived there from 1747 to 1773. Mozart was the 7th child of Leopold Mozart, who himself was a musician of the Salzburg Royal Chamber.

 

Austria, Salzburg: Alleyways in Salzburg, Austria

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You can enjoy a stroll in old town as streets meander in narrow alleys and curves.

Austria, Salzburg: Food Stalls in Salzburg

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Lunch is easy in Salzburg. Everyone of all ages enjoys the crusty breads, varieties of wursts and cheeses found in carts around old city of Salzburg, Austria.