Vienna is definitely different from a lot of places we have visited before. For example last night we walked by a woman playing a piano in the streets (classical music of course) while her friend was selling a CD of her music. A piano in the streets is not normal in most places, but here no one blinks an eye.
This morning we did the “tourist thing” and went around town on a double-decker bus with an open top. The bus included an audio track that explained the surrounding buildings and their historical value. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with a city and you get to see a lot of sites that you might not recognize on your own. We took lots of pictures along the way, mostly of the architecture.
At the end of the tour we stopped at the Sacher Hotel to taste the Sachertorte (a famous Viennese chocolate cake). It was first made in 1832 for the Austrian prince at the time. Vicki had to try it due to the fact it was a chocolate cake and her birthday (December 5th) is national Sachertorte day! Colin had a very nice apple strudel instead of the cake.
Lunch consisted of a traditional cheese fondue, so we took a really long walk around town before having dinner. Unfortunately it started raining again while we were eating, so it was a early night!
|Streets of Vienna|
|Oldest Ferris Wheel in the World, Vienna|
|St Stephen's Church, Vienna|