Saturday, 15 November 2014

Vienna !

Okay, so I know I wasn't impressed at first but Sunday dawned and the sun was shining - time for an early start - a metro train to catch and palace to visit!

Schonbrun Palace - the most visited attraction in Austria we knew there would be queues - fortunately not for too long - they were very organised!                                                     The palace was beautiful and interesting! No photos inside!!

The gardens were amazing - and although we wanted to go somewhere in the afternoon we spent some time wandering around in the sunshine
I have never seen such a tame squirrel or birds, this squirrel kept going back to some children with nuts
We had a simple lunch and saw this advertised on a card on our table Kaiserschmarrn - couldn't resist - it was (apparently) Kaiser Franz Josef 1st's favourite dish
I could see why - delicious - loaded with sugar - we shared and hubby did his best to eat most of it!!

Then it was a metro ride back to the city centre.
We decided to walk to our next destination.
Past this..
Minecraft you could move yourself (I have grandchildren - I've seen their games - that's all I know! lol!)
Down the road to…
…beautiful Belvedere Palace
I wanted to see the Klimt exhibition- hubby wanted to wander outside.
What did I see? 'The Kiss' - couldn't get a photo, 
some lovely decor

some interesting faces
by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt who did these based on himself while receiving treatment for an illness - each face contorted in a different expression - fascinating!
I also took this view from a window
Hubby took some fab photos outside

Then it was a tram back into the centre again for another highlight!
The Sacha Hotel cafe!

Happy! Happy! Happy!
This is the one my Diabetic nurse said I shouldn't miss - bless her!!! She had been earlier this year and enjoyed the Sacha Torte!
From here we went for a walk, thought I'd better!!

Then it was time for something to eat and back to the hotel to pack!
I have no idea what blogger has done to the text at the top of this post - it looks fine while writing it!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh, my gosh. These places you visited are gorgeous. You managed to get a lot of walking done, so you deserved that incredible Sacha torte. It nearly sent me in diabetic shock (and I'm not even diabetic).

Beautiful photos both inside and out of the Belvedere Palace. How wonderful you got to see "The Kiss." You lucked out with everything you got to see in one day.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh, that squirrel is too cute! Great group of pictures Chris and your journal page is fantastic! Hope you're having fun! hugs :)

Gez Butterworth said...

Amazing photo's Chris. What an AMAZING trip! Just shown Tom the Minecraft photo and he just said... WOW !!!!

tfs, Gez xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Beautiful photographs from a holiday that looks so memorable.
Julie x

butterfly said...

Fabulous photos - and looks as though you had glorious weather. Love the journal page capturing the day's adventures... a lovely post altogether.
Alison xx

Neet said...

Thanks Chris, lovely photos and a lovely preamble around.
Hugs, Neet xx

Dianne said...

All I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow, what a spectacular city, the photos are fabulous, love all the amazing buildings, seeing Klints work what a treat, the deserts look YUMMY, now that journal page is fantastic, love your take on the kiss, the dome in the gorgeous room, it's a brilliant page, thanks soooooo much for sharing this journey, I loved it...

Artyjen said...

Ooh! Kaiserschmarrn and Sacher torte how fab ;) Thanks for sharing again.
xoxo Sioux