Friday, July 4, 2008

Austria Trip- Day 1 and 2: Vienna

Happy Independence Day! This is my first Independence Day that I haven't seen fireworks. Bummer. Reid and I are having a blast in Vienna. Upon our arrival Thursday morning, we were upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite at our hotel, Hotel Imperial in Center City Vienna. The Hotel Imperial is one of the nicest in the country and has an amazing history. Originally built in the late 1800s as a house for an emperor, it was taken over by the Nazis in WWII as their headquarters, and was later restored to its original grandeur after German invasion.

We spent most of yesterday touring the Inner City, St. Stephan's Cathedral, and shopping. We made it back to our room for a quick afternoon nap, and slept until almost 11pm. It was nice to have a leisurely evening, something we don't enjoy together very often these days. We relaxed and ordered room kind of night!

Friday morning we visited the Schonbrunn Summer Palace of the Hapsburg Dynasty, the Monet and Picasso exhibit at the Albertina Museum of Art, and the largest collection of royal gems in the world. Pretty amazing history around here. We explored a little more on our way back to the hotel, took a nap, and woke for a late dinner of schnitzel at a cafe.

We catch a 9:00 am train for Salzburg tomorrow where I will enter my true homeland. I am really excited to acquaint myself with this city and memories of The Sound of Music. I will try to post about our days in Salzburg before I head back to the States. Until then, Ta Ta.


Linds said...

how fun! You should post pictures too... I am so glad you guys were able to get away together... yall deserve it!

The Baileys said...

Line of the year..."a dinner of schnitzel."

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