Tour 6050 / 0924 Day 3
Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
61Trip End Oct 07, 2007
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After a 6.15 wake up call and a look out the front window we decided to wear shorts as it was raining steadily. Had a reasonable breakfast and commenced our trip towards Vienna at 7.45am.
It was still raining and there was a mist settling over the countryside.
We were driven from Bohemia into Moravia and southwards into Austria. The first two states were both controlled by the Communists from 1951 to 1989 and our guide who was bought up during this era gave us her personal experiences about those times. Things were certainly not easy for her and her family under this system and have improved greatly since the early 1990īs.
As we went through Brno (correct spelling), which is in Moravia she pointed out hundreds of blocks of concrete flats for the workers of the industry there. It was very cold in the winter and hot in the summer.There was a priority system to get into these flats which included those couples that had just married, that the wife should have at least two children quickly into the marriage. It was one of the ways of ensuring that there was a continuing population as it was at that time and still is declining.
Further along the road we were held up by a road crash where a truck and trailer Had rolled over blocking most of the road. We were held up for at least an hour. Talking of trucks - there are just so many over here. One queue was counted at 45 before we gave up as it went for as far as one could see.
We finally got to Vienna at 12.30pm and it was still raining. Jackie, Judy, Ivan and I went and had lunch and then we went our own ways. We were free for 3 hours and decided to go to the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens in Schonbrunn. This was about 10 minutes on the underground and we got there surprisingly easy. We spent 1.5 hours there before returning to the Coach for the trip to our Hotel.
The Palace was huge, fantastic and we went around with an audio holder which was excellent. We got the history of the place and it was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperors for about 150 years. It was built between 1695 and 1749 and at its peak had about 1000 servants plus guards. The palace itself had 100 rooms.
The gardens were magnificent but unfortunately we did not have enough time to see them other than through a window. May go back tomorrow.
On arrival at our Hotel called the "Vienna"we found it not quite as big as usual but certainly adequate for our purposes. There was also a bath here and we made good use of it.
At 7pm we went for a walk around town as the others went to a concert. As we had earlier been to one we decided against the option tour as we thought it would be the same or very similar which it was.
While walking around town we ended up a side street and saw two police go into a nearby Pizza place. We followed and had a great meal there at a very reasonable price. You can always trust the Police to know the right places to eat cant you Avril, Mat and Pat.
After that we walked home and had a reasonably early night.