Show Your City
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Show Your City

Vienna, Baroque, and a World of Sheer Opulence

The entrance to Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace © A.Harrison

An unexpected pleasure of river cruising is stepping ashore in the centre of things, rather than a port some distance from town. In media res, as Tolstoy advised aspiring writers.

In Vienna, I alighted by the Church of St Francis. This distinctive church, covered with towers and red tiles, was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I’s resign. It stands on…

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