Weekend in Vienna – part 2

We reserved the second part of our trip for the Schonbrunn Palace and gardens, the summer  residence of the Habsburg Monarchs.   The place was located a little bit farther from the city center, so we decided to already check out of our hotel, spend a couple of hours over there, then head for home.

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We entered the palace from the side entrance since it was where we found a good parking spot.  I also figured it was a great way to cut the walking distance.

But I was wrong.  In order to fully appreciate its beauty, one has to enter it from the main front entrance.

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The place was so huge and grand.

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We walked through the whole perimeter to view the gardens.  This next picture was taken from the right wing.

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It has amazing French-style gardens that are simply breathtaking.

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The rear side of the castle did not fail to impress either.

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The gardens at the back were just as beautiful as the ones on the side.

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There was also a huge fountain with the statue of Neptune at the far end.

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With its huge expanse, it was quite a walk.

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Furthermore, the area seems to be a runner’s haven.

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With all its mazes, varied terrain and beautiful scenery, it makes up for a very good run.

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After walking and admiring the beautiful sites of the Schonbrunn Palace, we headed for home.

If there is one person I know who likes to have everything planned, it is my husband.  But since we were on holiday, I somehow persuaded him to just follow where the GPS navigator will take us.  And so we did.  The funny thing was, it added  a twist to our already colorful day.  I chose a route that avoided toll roads and highways so we can see the countryside but it took us somewhere we didn’t expect – the ferry boat!

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I thought it was a lot of fun, but he was not so happy about it.  My friend Georgia used to say that her GPS is a Global Piece of Sh*t, because of all the wrong directions that it takes her.  At this time, my husband was thinking the same.

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Although later on, we all just laughed about it.  It’s another adventure added to our list.

Anyhow, the route did take us to the countryside.

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It was an interesting drive through small villages and farmlands.

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Until finally, we arrived at the border.   Home sweet home!

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All in all, the trip to Vienna is now part of my most memorable trips .  My son who is turning 3 next month will surely remember this — specially the ferry ride.

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9 thoughts on “Weekend in Vienna – part 2

  1. 68ghia June 27, 2013 / 9:31 am

    What a palace!!! It’s huge!
    Quite a memorable trip Grace – glad you guys took the long way home – that’s usually where good things happen 🙂

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    • Grace July 1, 2013 / 9:17 am

      I’m definitely glad we did. 🙂

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    • Grace July 1, 2013 / 9:15 am

      I know. He is growing up too fast. 🙂

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    • Grace July 1, 2013 / 9:14 am

      There is always a next time, Ronnie. Yeah, the ferry route is not exactly a common route but I’m glad we were on it. It surely added a twist to this memorable trip. 🙂

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  2. patinaandcompany July 10, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Beautiful photos of this outing. Your little boy looks so carefree and happy!

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