Back in 2019 was one of the biggest and most opulent of trips I think I'd ever taken. To Vienna with Warbucks. It had been on the bucket list for some time, and I shared much about that trip, but it didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg. We walked from the museum district to Schonbrunn Palace, which was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, located in Hietzig. The name of the palace means "beautiful spring." My history with Europe's palaces isn't stellar only having seen two in Amsterdam and one in Germany. But when in Vienna, the Hapsburg residences are unavoidable, and you should really go see at least one. We choose the Schonbrunn Palace, the most famous. Home to a very young Marie Antoinette, the style is pure Rococo, all pastels, portraits and the extravagance you'd expect. The general tour we took was a three to four hour tour inside. One can see most of the palace's rooms and take in the very informative tour. The exterior is just as spectacular. The weather gods were smiling on us that day, bright beautiful skies, as we explored the gardens, the orangery, the great Palm House and the 30 odd fountains which feature a different theme from mythological Neptune to Roman ruins. If one wants to just tour the gardens, that is free for all. And one has to walk up to the Gloriette, for the best views of the palace grounds and surrounding Vienna. That was a hike from the palace. Certainly while downtown Vienna has plenty enough for it in terms of attractions and history, a visit to the outskirts and the Schonbrunn is a must...a whole day at a relaxing pace. Clearly it is one of the more impressive palaces around and a sheer joy to walk through, if you like architecture, gardens and sculpture.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
It amazed me when we were there, how many people took selfies, but then hardly took any pictures of the place itself. Im a huge picture whore, and took tons of picture, many just random pictures. We came back with about almost 900 pictures. I also noticed not many knew about or just bypassed the entrance to the Imperial carriages that were on display there. I found it completely fascinating.
But if you recall, the fun was getting there.... Warbucks Christmas gift to me that year was the trip, and the big surprise...the Orient Express, which you can read here. That will be one of my top memories of travel. Pure decadence. The craftmanship. Top notch culinary delights. Neat cocktails. Dressing up. This was not a sneaker, jeans, tee, or sweats affair. Chic dressing. The little cabin was more elegant then some hotel rooms I'd had. Very romantic and passionate sleeping at night.
I'll never forget it.