The Old European Power House
Trip Start Jul 14, 2007
75Trip End Feb 05, 2008
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We continued on out the main gate of the palace to find the museums quarter and Parliament, but we really wanted to go and see the famous Nashmarkt. This was an open air market that extended for about 10 blocks, where each vendor had their own permanent structure to sell from. There was everything you could ever want, including a fine chocolate shop where Braden got some amazing truffles. We had arranged to go to a concert later that evening, so we strolled back up to the Parliament building where the concert hall was supposedly near. We happened to find a film festival set up right in front of the old town hall. It was very neat because it was all out doors and the huge screen was standing in front of this old beautiful building. We decided to give our feet a rest and sat in the stadium seating facing the screen until is was time for our concert. The concert was performed by the Vienna orchestra and there was some opera singers and ballet dancers that performed. We heard a collection of Mozart and Strauss in an hour and a half performance. It was very nice, but put me to sleep.
The next day we went to Scholss Schobrun Palace, the summer home of the royals. This was was were Marie Antoinette grew up until she was married to Louis and destroyed France. This place was AMAZING. The grounds went on forever and there was a hedge maze. We walked through the long rows of tree line paths leading to all sorts of fountains. The maze area actually had three different hedge mazes that we did. The first one was the most difficult and serious one that I am proud to say we figured out rather quickly. The second was geared for kids, so naturally my dad and I had a good time running around that one. The third was kinda boring. All it had was pole at the center you could climb up to ring a bell. I was able to climb about 2/3 of the way up, while Dad was able to ring the bell. Apparently I have to work on my upper body strength. We hiked up to the highest point of the grounds where one of the empress's had built a great building over looking all of Vienna. We enjoyed a lunch and ice cream there before going down to see the apple strudel show. The apple strudel show was in a over crowed basement where the oven hadn't been turned off for what felt like 24 hours. Thank goodness the show only lasted for 15 min, cause I was dying of heat and a small Asian lady was practically using me as a boost to get a better view. Having almost been smothered my heat and that lady, we ran out of there and toured the palace. The tour was great, letting us go through the entire bottom floor of the place. We say the many rooms dedicated to all the Emperors and their children and such. One Empress Maria Teresa had 16 kids, 11 of them survived until adult hood. Yikes! But the interior of the palace had the same over done feel of the British palaces, but did have some amazing wood work on the floors.
After our excursion through the palace, we headed back to old town where we sat in a lovely park near the town hall. We sat there playing spades, eating, and drinking beer (an amazing Austrian beer we all fell in love with called Ottakringer) until we were all too tired to continue.