Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vienna by Day

After our morning at the incredible Schonbrunn Palace 
we headed back into the city center to get some lunch at the 
famous Mozart Cafe.  This place is adorable and has 
the most delicious food.

After lunch we set
out to have all sorts of fun
in the city

We checked out the inside of
the St. Stephen's Cathedral

Then we had to stop and invest
in some Mozart chocolate balls.  You can't go to Vienna
and not get a whole box of these famous chocolates.
Original Mozartkugel's are made up of a core of 
pistachio marzipan wrapped in a layer of nougat
then covered in chocolate.  These chocolates got their 
fame when they were awarded a gold medal at a fair
in Paris in 1905.  They were the first chocolates 
to be formed in a perfect ball with no flat spots.

Our last stop of the day was at the 
stunning Karlskirche.  This is my Dad's 
favorite spot in Vienna. 

At first I was disappointed to see that 
the beautiful ceiling was all covered in scaffolding.
But then we discovered that we could ride and elevator 
to the top of the scaffolding and get up close looks 
at the amazing details of the ceiling paintings!

Then it was time to go back
to the boat to get ready for our big
dinner date at the Pallavicini Palace

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shonbrunn Palace

Our day in Vienna began at the enchanting Shonbrun Palace. Shonbrun means "beautiful spring," a very appropriate name as this was this was the summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs.  It is a 1,441 room palace, done in the exquisite rococo style.  It is absolutely gorgeous and is one of the most important cultural monuments in the country

We were battling against the wind to get a good 
selfie. In the end it was:
Us: 0

We weren't allowed to take photos 
during the tour of the interior rooms, 
so I pulled a few images from the internet 
so you all could see how amazing this place is

Shonbrun is also well known for the 
expansive gardens and grounds that surround the palace
I could have spent hours wandering around 
taking in all their beauty.  But we only 
had about 45 minutes so we had to make it quick

This is the conservatory that is located 
on the palace grounds.  We were hoping 
to make it inside but we ran out of time.

Shonbrunn also has the oldest zoo in the world
located on it's grounds.  It started as a menagerie of 13 animals 
back in the day of the Habsburg monarchs.  That is something I 
hope to be able to see when we return to Vienna next year with
my four oldest nephews and my oldest sister and her husband!!