Jack the Meeple's Adventures in Vienna
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Hi fellow Geeks and friends of Jack!

In January 2014 Jack arrived savely in Vienna, after a long and exhausting trip from the other side of the world - beautiful Melbourne. He brought a lot of souvenirs and was totally happy with his two hosts, telling me what a great time he had there. So he wants me to express a heartly "thank you" to Erin & Rob!
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Thank you guys meeple


Here's the first image I took of Jack, lying sleeping between all the gifts he brought from Australia.



I had a cold at the time, so Jack had to wait a few days until I recovered a little. Not a bad idea, as he also had a Jetlag and used these days for relaxing.
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On Saturday we had an invitation to game night at a friend's place, so we decided before we go there, we take Jack with us on a little stroll through the city.

So in the morning, Jack had breakfast with us.



After the that, he grabbed my tablet and checked out the latest news on BGG.



Then we looked at the weather forecast - it promised us a sunny, but very cold day. Ideal for a walk. Jack wanted to check out the weather himself and went to our flat top, taking a look:



Satisfied with the view, he went down in the garden to feed the birds.



Then we went to the garage and drove into the city.
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We parked the car behind the Karlskirche and went into the Ressel Park. The weather was as promised and Jack enjoyed the old church.



Over the Karlsplatz, we entered the Kärtnerstraße, walking up to the city center. Andrea took the job to carry the little guy around, while I took some photos.



As it was already after noon, we decided to grab a little hot snack at a "Würstelstandl" - a sausage vendor. Jack enjoyed a Bratwurst.



Further up on the Kärtnerstraße, Jack wanted to buy some souvenirs for his next stop, so we entered one of the many shops. In "Mostly Mozart" Jack found some lovely gifts. Hopefully, the next host will enjoy them!



Arriving in the heart of the city, we took a photo in front of Saint Stephen's Cathedral.



From the center, we went back over the Graben, one of the most expensive addresses in Vienna. Jack wanted to buy a few things, but I said "no way, little buddy. This is way beyond my budget" meeple

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So we strolled down to the Michaelerplatz, looking at the Michaelertor. Bob wanted to take a horse cab there, but I decided we go on by foot. Hey, we already carried you all the way, Jack! No need for horsies meeple



Jack was especially impressed by a small well, named "Power at the Sea". "Look", he said, "a sea monster!!!"



We also looked at the Michaelerkirche ...



... and checked out some of the small alleys.



We passed the Josefsplatz ...



and the State Opera



when Jack decided that he wants to check out some Viennese coffee and sweet dishes. So we entered Café Museum and drank Melange and Jack had his sweeties.



It already started to dawn, so we went back to the car, passing the Wiener Secession with its gold leaf roof ornament.

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Jack wanted to drive, but I wasn't sure if his US driver's license would be valid here (at least I told him that. Personally I think he's a little too short for sitting in the driver's seat). So he sat on the dash board and talked all the way about the day.



We only saw a small portion of the city, but time flies when you enjoy yourself. So we drove into the third district where we met with two friends, ready to play some games.



After a little small talk, we started with Dungeon Lords. Jack was totally crazy about the game and chatted with my monsters. He befriended the Demon and the Vampire and I think he had a little crush on my Witch ...



In El Paso, Jack acted as the Sheriff's deputy and tried to catch us while we robbed the bank, the saloon, stole horses and cattle ... Jack catched me obviously too often, as I only made second place in that funny dice'n'card game!



It was already dark outside, so Sascha - our host - wanted to play his latest acquisition, Nightfall. Here Jack could show that he's not afraid of Vampires!



After all these exciting games, we chatted a little more and went home, late at night. We think Jack is ready for his next adventure and he will begin his journey north in a few days.

I hope you enjoyed Jack's stay in Vienna as much as we did!
Greetings to you from

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