"Grey Day"

Trip Start May 25, 2013
Trip End Jun 23, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

There is no blue song title to fit today. We wake to rain and we spend the whole day in either drizzle or torrential rain.

Hotel 1060 serves an excellent and extensive breakfast for a relatively small hotel. It fuels us well for a tram ride out to Schönbrunn Palace where we connect with the Fun Bus as they arrive in Vienna. Our Perth buddies greet us as if we've been gone for years!

First stop is the Hundertwasserhaus apartment house, built by Austrian architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The photos show the crazy style. We snap shots while huddled under the souvenir shop awnings opposite, as the apartments are privately owned.

The remainder of the morning is a guided bus tour with another excellent local guide, but it is extremely frustrating... We catch limited glimpses of many sights and are unable to take photos through a bus window covered in raindrops. The overall impression though is a city of great opulence with much to explore at a later time.

The bus tour ends at St. Stephens Cathedral that we have already seen ourselves. From here, we walk through the pedestrian malls of the old town - just as lovely as yesterday. The highlight of the day comes when l pass a Wolford shop and find my favourite leggings for €29 - they cost AU$79 back home!

I should have bought more!

The rest of the day is spent meandering. We find the Butterfly House in a huge old conservatory and the Hotel Sacher - but we do not venture into the latter for more cake! I doubt their's have 'whippet cream' though...

Tonight, we meet the Fun Bus at their hotel - and they are excited to be staying at a good one finally - and all travel to the Vienna Concert Hall for dinner and a "Sounds Of Vienna" recital. The room is opulent but many of the 400 or so seem ill-informed about concert etiquette. Despite signs to the contrary, numerous cameras rise, flash and drop throughout the performance. It is very distracting, as are the chattering children.

The twelve performers, however, are exellent and play a selection of Mozart and Strauss favourites. There are intermittent operatic and dancing acts to accompany them and champagne at interval.

A subway ride home completes the day, although the planning of timetables for the train tomorrow leaves me in a grey mood for sure... A 6.15am start!

"Grey Day" by Madness
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