Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vienna - Best Quality Living Standard In The World!

Vienna has the best living standard in the world, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living survey.

According to MarketWatch...

"Living conditions are analyzed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories, including politics and social environment, economic environment, health and sanitation, education, transportation, housing and recreation. Mercer’s Quality of Living index covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city."

According to Mercer, Quality of Living Ranking; the Top 5 Cities are:

We remember Vienna, we were there for ONE night ;)

Friendly Vienna kids at the city square.
     We remember the majestic palaces...

I remember the grand interior of the Schönbrunn Palace, where "Photography Not Allowed!"

Why? I don't know!  May be they changed the rules now?

Tell me how many UNESCO World Heritage Site that you are not allowed to take pictures!

According to Wikipedia...

Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn) is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

We also have fond memories of St. Stephen's Cathedral...
                        Where Le General took picture with a living statue ;)

From Wikipedia...

St. Stephen's Cathedral (German: Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP.

Its current Romanesque and Gothic form seen today, situated at the heart of Vienna, Austria in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147.

As the most important religious building in Austria's capital, the cathedral has borne witness to many important events in that nation's history and has, with its multi-colored tile roof, become one of the city's most recognizable symbols.

 Le General remember the shop-till-you-drop feeling at the famous Kaerntner StrasseKärntner Straße (German for Carinthian street) is the most famous shopping street in central Vienna

                            We remember the US$30.00 sea food lunch...

"Dogs" in foreign name taste just as good ;)

Mozarts Geburtshaus Who?  I think it meant Mozart's House?

While visiting Vienna in 1781, Mozart was dismissed from his Salzburg court musician position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security.

During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.  - Wikipedia

Mozart's full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart  ;)

Vienna is also a romantic place, you don't believe me?  Take a look at this candid capture!

We miss this lovely city, Vienna; we will be back!

On The Other Hand...

The Economist's World's Most Liveable Cities 2011 (Top 10)

City Country Rating
1 Melbourne  Australia 97.5
2 Vienna  Austria 97.4
3 Vancouver  Canada 97.3
4 Toronto  Canada 97.2
5 Calgary  Canada 96.6
6 Sydney  Australia 96.1
7 Helsinki  Finland 96.0
8 Perth  Australia 95.9
9 Adelaide  Australia 95.9
10 Auckland  New Zealand 95.7

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