Monday, November 26, 2012

Fly Away

I arrived in Istanbul in early October, fully expecting to jump straight into my project and weekends spent working. By Thursday at the end of my first few days there, I realized I was going to have the weekend off, so I decided to get out of town with my camera for a weekend of fun. I did a google search for all the direct flights from Istanbul to cities I'd never been to before and decided a weekend in Vienna sounded marvelous.

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Absolutely no planning went into the this trip, so I simply showed up, checked Lonely Planet for a list of things to see and set off with my camera. I only had Saturday and part of Sunday to explore, but I managed to pack a lot of things in, and still leave a few sights for a future trip.

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The weather was gorgeous so for the most part I skipped going inside to museums and such to enjoy being outside with the amazing architecture and parks of the city. I'm really more of a planner, but I love holiday's like this, unplanned, with no agenda and simply time to wander where my whim takes me. It was the perfect way to prepare myself for what has been a punishing trip to Istanbul (the city is treating me well, but the work is intense and all consuming!)

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So tell me, have you ever bought a totally last minute flight to a city you've never been to  on a whim? Would you want to? Where would you go?

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11 comments:

Karen said...

I've never had that kind of opportunity, but it certainly sounds wonderful. I was in Vienna many, many years ago and your photos reminded me of how much I loved it.

Selene said...

really nice post!

Angie Willis said...

I love reading about your globe-trotting life and seeing your wonderful photos. Vienna makes me think of waltzes and Sacher Torte. Hope you sampled both!

~Kristina said...

You sure do make it look amazing.

Stephanie said...

Amazing pictures! So very beautiful.

I have never flown anywhere last minute, but I think it should be on my to-do list!

Clinton Painter said...

I took a road trip to British Columbia with my brothers a few years back. We knew we were going, but didn't have anything planned so it was still a little bit of wander here and there. Which was a bit of a stretch for me, because you know how I like things planned! My trip to Tokyo for work was unexpected and my evening activities were unscheduled, so it was doing just whatever we could find. And I had a great time.

tinajo said...

Looks gorgeous, beautiful pics!

Dagmar said...

So wonderful to find a free couple of days to fly away..Vienna sounds and looks amazing❤

Justine said...

these are beautiful shots

Rosie Grey said...

So wonderful! Thanks so much for taking me around the world, Jamie!

Sara said...

Wow. Can I please have your life? That sounds so incredible! No, I've never just hopped on a flight but would absolutely LOVE to! In Europe, I'd really love to visit Prauge some time. I've been to Vienna and it's such a beautiful city! Did you make it to Schönbrunn Palace? Gorgeous.

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