Farewell Vienna, Hello Budapest


Kissing your sweet city goodbye! This morning we woke up to Rain, rain, rain.  We hopped on our coach and visited Schonbrunn  palace where unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photographs inside, so I won’t be posting any! The palace was the summer residence of the Imperial family. We drove there in 15 minutes, but by horse and carriage it took many hours from the Habsburg palace to the Shonbrunn  palace.  Those hapsburgs really knew how to live well and how to populate a dynasty.  Maria Therese gave birth to 16 children in 20 years. Perhaps her most notable kid was her youngest daughter, Marie Antoinette.

Luckily we had seen the gardens our first day on the trip because today during the time allotted for gardening viewing we were stuck inside with pelting rain outside.

As the rain cleared we had a few extra hours to browse downtown Vienna. We spent most of the time eating. I’m posting these photos because this is a little hidden gem of a spot for fresh food in a food court. It’s very close to Albertina plaza and Hotel Sacher.

Back on the coach, Don and I begin to reap the first benefit of a guided tour, NO DRIVING!! The countryside reminded us of Pennsylvania, and after snoozing intermittently we arrived in Budapest.

Oh, along the way our guide pointed out the turul, a mythological eagle. There were 3 large Turul statues, each with a wingspan of 15 metres, in Greater Hungary. This is the last of the three, as the other two were destroyed. It is the largest bird statue in the world, and the largest bronze statue in Central Europe.

We pulled up at our hotel, the Corinthia, which was a change from our original advertised hotel. We soon discovered we were VERY happy with this change !

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