Sunday, December 04, 2016

Tour of Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Salzburg - 5


It was free day for those who wanted to explore more of Vienna. We opted to take the Danube river cruise. We went from Vienna to Dürnstein, after about an hour or more bus ride. We did some sightseeing of this town with the blue church over the hill and 16th century residences. It was typically a town for tourists with lots of shops, restaurants, wine shops etc. on both sides of narrow cobbled streets. We then boarded the boat at Dürnstein pier around 10:00 AM. The ride was for about 3 hours or more and the boat had an on-board restaurant. At a distance, you can see the castle now in ruins that had held Richard the Lionheart captive.  Lots of wine, beer and snacks could be exchanged for euros. We finally got off at a place called Melk (see map references) and visited the Melk Abbey.  It has an awesome library. We then drove to a winery at Pfeffel in der Wachau. The owner showed us round the orchard. We were served wine (free) but of course there were cheese plates and cold cuts as well (not free). They do not export their wine as the local market is strong enough. We returned to the hotel around 5:00 PM. Some members from our group went out to the city for more fun. We called it a day.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Review my recent SQL Anywhere 17 posts on HodentekMSSS

There are a number of SQL Anywhere 17 posts on my HodentekMSSS blog related to using Power BI. Perhaps you may want to read.

SQL Anywhere 17 Reports using Power BI                                                                     12/1/2016

Retrieve data from SQL Anywhere 17 in JSON format                                                    11/28/2016
Problem connecting to SQL Anywhere 17 to Power BI using OLE DB                           11/23/2016

Problem connecting to SQL Anywhere 17 to Power BI using OLE DB - the workaround 11/24/2016
Trick to querying a SAP SQL Anywhere Server database with R                                      9/5/2016

Tour of Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Salzburg - 4


Vienna is a historic city in Europe with its fine music and arts. It has very nice restaurants albeit expensive. The area around the Imperial Gardens speaks volumes about its past glory. The Schonbrunn Palace which was very near to where we stayed is worth visiting.  It was built to surpass Versailles but comes somewhat short. The Gloriette at the elevated place looks very impressive. The city tour has lots of other interesting places like the Hundertwasser haus and the Mozart Statue in the Burggarten. The Albertina museum was somewhat of a disappointment. They were exhibiting 'Monet and Picasso'. The entry fee was expensive. The number of exhibits were small.Perhaps your impressions are different.

There was also an optional event, the Viennese traditional Heurigen dinner. We skipped. Being a vegetarian I would have been an inconsonant participant.

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