Mondsee, Upper Austria

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St. Louis

Quick look at my trip to St. Louis this summer. I have other America pictures, but they must be on another camera.  

Fantastic Caverns near Springfield, MO. Pretty cool. It was used as a speakeasy during prohibition and was later used as a concert venue. 

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Rigazzi’s. All time favorite restaurant located on The Hill in St. Louis. Best place for Italian food. 

View of the city from the St. Louis Arch. 

Couldn’t help it. Another view with Busch Stadium. Go Cards!!

Route 66. Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in the background.

Berlin!

Continuing with the family vacation, after Athens and a short time in Vienna we continued on to Berlin. Berlin is probably one of my favorite cities because there is so much to learn and do there.

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel! SO COOL! This giant aquarium is in the middle of the hotel. You can take an elevator tour that goes up the middle of it. For a marine bio nerd like me, this was basically the best hotel ever. Our room even faced the aquarium. Excellent.

The TV Tower and the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) near Alexanderplatz.

“Mother with dead son” sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz at the Victims of War and Tyranny memorial site.

“The Empty Library” by Mischa Ullman

This is one of my favorite monuments. It’s found at Bebelplatz, the site of the Nazi book burning on May 10th, 1933. There is enough shelf space for each of the burned books. Around the monument are plaques that tell the story of that day as well as this quote, “Das war ein vorspiel, nur wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (“Where they burn books, they ultimately burn people.”) This was written by Heinrich Heine in 1821, nearly 100 years before the book burning. It’s best, in my opinion, to see this monument at night in order to get the full effect.  

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The floor and columns are uneven throughout the memorial. The architect Peter Eisenman wanted people to experience the memorial in their own way so he didn’t give an exact reason for the way he designed it.

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View of Museum Island from the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral).

“Dem Deutschen Volke”, (To) the German People, written on the Reichstag, the German Parliament.

Reichstag

I’m sad that summer is coming to an end. One of my favorite things about summer in Vienna is the gelato, or eis in German. The tasty treat above is a scoop of raspberry and a scoop of a unique chocolate flavor called “Viennale”. Although Vienna is filled with delicious gelato, not all gelato is created equal! Everyone seems to have a different favorite here and I happen to have several favorites.

Top 5 Gelato Places in Vienna:

1. Eissalon am Schwedenplatz, pefect amount of creaminess and a changing menu of unique flavors. 1st district, U-bahn Schwedenplatz.

2. Tichy, a smaller list of flavors, but that also means more perfected flavors. My favorite place for chocolate gelato and they have great pistachio! Not as creamy and has a lighter texture to it. 10th district, U-bahn Reumannplatz.

3. Greissler Eis, pictured above. Organic and delicious, they also have several vegan options. 1st district, U-bahn Stephansplatz.

4. Tuchlauben, a bit thicker texture than the other places. To me, this gelato most resembles American ice cream. 1st district, U-bahn Stephansplatz.

5. Zanoni Garda, not to be confused with Zanoni and Zanoni in the first district, this place uses less sugar and therefore has a richer flavor. 15th district, U-bahn Westbahnhof.

What could be a more perfect place to enjoy a scoop of your favorite gelato than one of Vienna’s numerous parks?