Where the road takes me ...
Hey Everyone, Well another day in Vienna is over and it has been exciting and interesting as every other day that I have spent here in Austria. Today I sspent the entire day at the Schonbrunn Palace or Summer Palace as it can be referred to. On arrival at the Palace I walked through the main gate and was astounded by what I found in front of me. What I saw was a grand square surrounded by lovely old buildings and in the centre the magnificent palace. I was in awe, I could just imagine what it would be like it when it was occupied by the royal family and court was being held it was really amazing. Anyhow back to reality I went on a tour of the interior of the palace looking at the grand ballroom, studies and rooms that were lived in by the Emporer and Empress. Also in the tour it gave a more detailed look at one of Austria's best loved Empress, Sisi which mentioned her love of the dessert Applestrudel or in the way of the germans Apfelstrudel this meant the next stop was the bakery in which we watched a demonstration of how to make the signature dish. The chef was funny and able to swap languages so easily. In one moment she would be talking in german than french & english. I was really jealous. So then we indulged and orderes some strudel and oh it was delicious however what may have looked easy when she cooked it would surely be like world war three if I attempted to cook it. So after our restful stop in the baakery we were off again to the privi gardens. Just to let you know the grounds on which the palace stands covers about a three square kilometre radius. Anyhow the privi gardens were so very pretty and carefully looked after.It must really take so much time to look after all the varieties of plants. After a quiet walk around two of what seemed like a hundred gardens we headed towards the wagon museum which houses about 50 carriages used in the history of the Habsburg Imperial Monarchy. The carriages ranged from the black funeral carriage to some intricatley designed royal procession carriages , the museum also included the small carriages used for the royal children. A couple of them were actually pulled by sheep or mules. I can't imagine seeing some little kid riding in a carriage pulled by a couple of sheep without laughing. Anyhow to finish our day we caught this little tractor train thingy that drove us around the entire grounds, past the zoo, gloriette which overlooks the palace, labrynth, fountains and the indoor gardens. Will fill you in on more of my adventure soon. Bye for now.