Vienna Central Cemetery, seeing Beethoven and Mozart

Vienna, known as the City of Music, has many has many musicians who call it their eternal home. I took a day trip to Vienna’s Central Cemetery and saw Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and Mozart’s memorial (he was buried in an unmarked mass grave). Admission is free and it’s a short tram ride from the Ringstrasse. It’s a very large cemetery and you should allow at least two hours once you’re there.

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An afternoon walk around Vienna’s Ringstrasse

Vienna’s main attractions are around the Ring Road (German: Ringstraße) and it’s good for a day walk. Among the attractions are the Heldenplatz, Rathaus, Austrian Parliament, the Natural history museum, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Most of these places had admission costs of around €10-15 each, so I decided just to marvel at the architecture from the outside.

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Crossing the border from Israel into Jordan via Eilat/Aqaba

I just finished a week-long trip in Israel and to continue touring this part of the Middle East, I wanted to combine it with the best of Jordan, namely Petra and Wadi Rum. So I decided to cross into Jordan at the southern border, spending a few nights relaxing in Aqaba before continuing to Petra. There’s a lot of outdate information about the border crossing from Israel into Jordan and hope to elucidate the vagueness surrounding this crossing. Continue reading “Crossing the border from Israel into Jordan via Eilat/Aqaba”