Vienna and Bratislava
Trip Start Oct 14, 2012
21Trip End Nov 02, 2012
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David and I had lunch on ship, then headed off to Schonbrunn Palace. By then, about 2 p.m., the fog had burnt off and it was warm and sunny. A bus took us from the boat to a subway station from which we headed off to the Schonbrunn station, about 9 stations along the line. We found it quite easy to purchase tickets and get on the right train. We arrived at Schonbrunn about 3 p.m. and toured the palace with audio guides. The palace really is over the top Rococo
with incredible gilded decorations on all the walls and ceilings, in some cases with inset Chinese lacquer panels or portraits of the Hapsburg princes and princesses. The bed of Maria Theresa and Franz Stephan is so encrusted with silver and gold thread that it must have weighed many pounds and been most uncomfortable to sleep in. I think I liked the blue and white porcelain room the best, a smaller more intimate room than most and decorated with blue and white drawings that looked like porcelain. I enjoyed the gardens too, though some of the annual beds were being cleared for the winter. The gardens feature many classical statues and fountains.
I haven't had a chance to download pictures and am finding it difficult to get them to attach to my blog because of slow Internet service, so I won't try to add any today.