Has it really been a week and a half since my last post!? Well that’s embarrassing…
I do look forward to getting back to my regularly scheduled (hah!) programming.
Now where did I leave off? Ahh. Prague.
Okay, the next morning we had to pack up early (again) to leave for Vienna, Austria, several hours away. Isn’t it interesting how the length of time it takes us to drive to my parents’ house in the same state can take us from one major city in Europe to another in a different country?
That morning my appetite was giving me fits again. While getting ready I was starving but once I got down to the dining area for breakfast, I couldn’t stomach eating ANYTHING. I nibbled on a bit of muesli before calling it quits.
After several hours of road travel, I inevitably got hungry, but still had my weird appetite. Just certain things I COULD NOT imagine eating. Except this.
Yep. It’s some pastry filled with a ton of sugary custard. It was all I could stomach and it was probably the best thing for me because of it. It was might tasty and I was satisfied.
Oh, and during another convenience store stop in the Middle of Nowhere, Europe, I spotted Nutella (one for home and “one for now!”)! I also snagged some bread (albeit not good bread) and some Kombucha for my lunch.
Once we got to Vienna, we were running a bit behind, so our stop at the cemetery of many great composers was quite short lived, but I think it was probably enough, even though I probably could have stayed longer just photographing it.
I mean, not to sound creepy, but I really do like cemeteries. I like the tombstone art. And maybe I have some of the macabre tendencies of a former quasi-Goth. Whatever. I still think they’re pretty.
Immediately afterwards we went to tour the Shonbrunn Palace. This was one of the mansions that belonged to the Hapsburg monarchy and was designed as something of a miniature of the palace at Versailles.
Indoor pictures were not allowed, so these will have to suffice.
The palace gardens! I am told that it’s GORGEOUS in the summertime! I guess I’ll have to take their word for it. Or visit again another time in the summer.
Seeing the structure on the top of the hill REALLY reminded me of Monticello. But then I realized that Monticello was built roughly around the same time and modeled after these buildings. This is the REAL DEAL here! It was hard for me to think of that. I’m so used to seeing reproductions in the the states!
After our tour, we had to leave for an early dinner. I snapped various shots around town through the bus window.
Um, can we have walking and biking lanes?!?!
Our restaurant! Kardos, which is decked out quite nicely, I’ll say.
I love the style inside. I only wish I could have chosen off the menu. There were such awesome things to choose from! But since we were a massive group, we hadn’t a choice.
I wouldn’t have ordered this. Another beef-in-a-sauce with a side of bland dumplings. I think this meal secured my realization that I’m not big on Central European food. I found it rather bland. But then again, stuff was chosen for me. There could be some awesome dishes I don’t know about. I ate about three of my four pieces of meat and gave the other to Kris. I don’t recall eating all the dumplings, either.
But the cake was good! I never had any problems finishing dessert!
Then we rushed off to our final choral concert at the Karlskirche. I unfortunately got NO pictures of this church since we changed clothes in a different building than we performed in. I will say that it was literally FREEZING in that church (these historic churches in Europe do not have heating, and with all that marble…sheesh). Unfortunately my performance shoes disappeared in Prague, so I performed on the below-freezing marble floor in a pair of brown socks plus a pair of men’s black socks that another choir member pulled off his feet and handed to me out of pity.
I took and wore them because I am not above accepting charity.
In case you missed it in a previous post, here’s the video of our ENTIRE CONCERT at the Karlskirche in Vienna! We were blessed with a standing ovation at the end! What a great honor! A standing ovation in VIENNA!
Do note, this video does absolutely NO justice to the acoustic power of that room!
Alright folks, this is my second-to-last European trip recap. Stay tuned for the final chapter!
In case you missed any, here’s what I’ve shared so far: