Wednesday, June 25, 2008

European Days: Hofburg Palace, Spanish Riding School and Schonbrunn Palace

Only in Europe can you spend two days walking around and encounter a palace, Spanish Riding school, breathtaking cathedral, and castle, within city limits. We started our hot summer day, as tourists, moving from one attraction to the next, snapping photos like avid photographers. What a beautiful backdrop! Check out the slideshow below for a real view of Vienna's urban beauty...from skinny streets, to cobblestone roads and BMWs, to palace grounds, Renaissance art, and exquisite decor in cafes.

The Schonbrunn palace was the most breathtaking. Somehow, it struck me as more beautiful than Versailles; it was elegantly, but sparsely decorated, with paintings and paneling that seemed decorative, rather than intense. The gardens are indescribable, less crowded and more peaceful, it seemed like a retreat rather than a tourist attraction. We spent the rest of the day wandering the streets, stopping at high class shops, gelato stands, and cafes (where we tried Mozart torte!), until the night grew dark and we had the perfect background for cathedral pictures and our model poses!

Checkout the slideshow....Facebook devotees...please click the link "View original post so you can actually see the show"

Mozart in the Park: We also had a chance to visit Mozart in a famous cemetery, just a few trams stops from the train station. Among the memorable graves were Mozart and Strauss, not to mention hundreds of family plots with beautiful decoration

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