Schönbrunn Palace

Trip Start May 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, July 2, 2011

Yesterday, I went to the Schönbrunn Palace and it was breathtaking. Easily, my favorite place that I've visited since I've been in Europe and you have to understand I have been here for 40 days now. Have I really been gone 40 days? That means only 10 days until I return back to America. Whoa.

So, back to the Schönbrunn Palace! It was this beautiful building built in the 16th century. It looks just like a palace (ha, because it is one!) and the rooms inside were phenomenal. No pictures were allowed (as if Europe actually allows you to take pictures of anything worth documenting! Hmph!), but the rooms were so elegant.  One room was called the Millions Room because it was worth that much! Yeah, not the stuff in the room, but the actual ROOM was worth millions because the walls were made from a rare type of rosewood. Isn't the insane?!? The WALL is worth more than my entire house! I'm just blown away by that!! Crazy, right?!?

There was also a labyrinth maze in the gardens and I decided to conquer that. And it was... so difficult!! Hahaha. Honestly, it took me so long and it didn't help that I couldn't see over the hedges. Well, no one I guess really could, but I felt so tiny! The I remembered my dad telling me to always go one direction, so I just kept taking lefts until I found it. (Does that make sense?) Anyway, at the end was a terrace where you could overlook the maze you conquered and there were three teenage boys up there watching their last guy friend try to reach them. It was hilarious because they kept guiding him the wrong way and he was getting so frustrated. They made me laugh so hard because I knew if I had friends there, I would have done the same thing to them! lol Once the kid was really close to the end, they ran down the terrace and in the other direction. It was so hilarious. I'm still laughing thinking about it now! Hahaha. People are so mean.

Also, I climbed to the very top of the Gardens in the Gloriette and asked a woman to take my picture and it turned out really great with the entire view of the gardens and the palace except that my EYES were shut! Arghhhhh! How frustrating is that?!?! Maybe I can photoshop them open...? Ha. Oh well, something to laugh about, right? I'll add the picture so you guys can laugh about it, too. :)

Now, to catch my train to Krakow! I'm really looking forward to it, except that it's suppose to rain the whole time I'm there. :(
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Mom on

What!!?? You didn't try to take a picture of the inside!!

Dad on

Whats up with the no pictures. I thought you were sneaky. And nice reasoning on the directions. Enjoy the train. Love Dad

rsmonterusso on

From your .last post, I know exactly what you mean about not missing home, but feeling certain connections to home when you see certain things. It's great isn't it? Anyway, I hope the train to Krakow went well and that you packed food. It sucks that when traveling so much time is wasted actually getting from one city to the next instead of enjoying where you are, but I guess there is something very relaxing about it too. Enjoy the city and I can't wait to talk to you about it when we see esch other next. It's definitely like no other city I have ever been to that's for sure. I can't wait to hear what you think of everything!

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