Last day in Vienna

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Another lovely sunny day, so I headed off to the Schloss Schronbrunn which is a 1440 room palace complete with gardens and even a maze.  The sun was really beating down so I thought I'd just take a walk through the gardens rather than go into the maze, especially as if I got lost I could get quite annoyed....  The gardens were really pretty, and I could even manage to get the scent from the roses, a rare occasion for my crap sense of smell.
Dosing myself up with Ibuprofen for my still sore foot I took a good walk around the gardens and then headed back into the city to check out what the craic was around the main squares as I hadn't seen these the previous day.  I got off the metro at Stephensplatz and walked into the melee, immediately spying an H and M... but being well trained now in the art of trying not to spend any money I gave it a wide berth.  Instead, I had a peek at the cathedral, which is still under construction.  Being a Saturday the area was heaving with both tourists and locals, so I made a quick exit back onto the metro to find somewhere a bit more relaxing where I could read my book in the sun.  I opted for the park near the city hall, a great choice!  After a good read and sunbathe there was one more place I wanted to check out - the old Hofburg Palace area.  It truely is impressive, I was really in awe of the size and splendour.  The complex now houses a whole host of things, including museums and the Spanish Riding school.  Around the gardens in the complex are more chairs and benches than I think I have ever seen in a park before, it's great, people were just sat relaxing in the sun and enjoying the weather.
I had really enjoyed Vienna, having come here with no real expectations it had been a great surprise that it is now actually one of my favourite cities I'd been to.
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