I woke up this morning in Vienna, Austria. Since we had gotten into our hotel at midnight and Europe has strict laws regarding that bus drivers rest a certain amount of time, we didn’t leave the hotel until 11:30. So until then we woke up, went to the free (and delicious) breakfast at the hotel and returned to take a nap.
At 11:30 we left for Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. Two things Vienna does better than Prague are their gardens and their palaces. They were so big and grand, complete with massive fountains and entire forests.
We walked around Schönbrunn for about an hour before getting back on the bus and driving to lunch. We ate at Schimanko which is a vineyard as well. It was no surprise the wine was really good. They served us soup and potato salad before bringing out massive pieces of Wiener schnitzel. As a vegetarian, I had mac and cheese instead which was fine by me.
After finishing we hopped on the bus (it’s a trend of this trip) and it dropped us off in the Central of Vienna where The Professor gave us a tour. The Professor is a teacher (shocking, huh?) that is on the field tour and gives small lectures everywhere we go. He does have a real name but no one can remember what it is so we call him The Professor.
We walked through Vienna and saw many grand and beautiful buildings, many of which I do not recall their purpose, before ending outside a cathedral. At this point a group of us, including Megan and I, did some shopping before walking to the castle. I bought some chocolate for myself and my family which was perfect because they ended up asking for some chocolate later.
As a group we saw the castle and surrounding area before ending up laying in a park outside this building:
It was the first time all day any of us had WiFi so we laid in the grass for probably a good hour on our phones and chatting. We then split up and Megan and I went to get some Apple Strudel. I googled where to get the best apple strudel and there was a cafe just six minutes away, Cafe Elias, and the two of us headed there. It was a very historic feeling Cafe and their apple strudel was indeed really, really good. I also had an Aperol Spritz which is a drink many of the USAC girls like.
We then wandered around, originally intending to return to our hotel, and were sidetracked while trying to find souvenirs. Outside the Opera they were live-broadcasting Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande so we stopped for a little to listen even though we didn’t have a clue what was happening. We made it back to our hotel around 11 after I navigated us there using only my paper map! That was a proud moment; maybe I’m not so directionally challenged.
See the pictures from today here.