It is now the end of week two in Vienna. We had a short week because we have Friday off for Easter. This weekend we visited Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace here in Vienna. It is a beautiful yellow complex surrounded by manicured gardens. It even has its own zoo! On the day we visited they had their annual Easter Market. The platz in front of the palace was filled with vendors selling all sorts of beautiful handcrafted Easter trinkets and delicious Austrian food. Check out the handpainted Eatser eggs!
We also took advantage of the traditional food and drink at the market. I tried some berry wine for the first time and it was a little strong for me. Andrea and I shared some Käsespätzle and a potato casserole-type dish. Yum! We walked up to the back gate of the palace grounds to get some photos and rest in the sun. Don’t forget to check out more of my photos by clicking the link to the right.
On Sunday Billy, Rebecca, Sarah, Andrea and I all went to the Albertina Museum where they had a special exhibition on Rembrandt and other northern artists. The museum also recently acquired a collection of artwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a permanent loan. I was able to see artworks by the artists I would like to study in grad school, such as Gabriele Münter. This week in Art History we discussed the Romans in Vienna. Before Vienna became Vienna it was Vindobona, a Roman camp set up to protect the empire from the Germanic tribes. So, we went to the ancient Roman ruins beneath the city and saw the remnants of a few buildings. So cool!
A group of us also went to the Prater, an amusement park here in Vienna. We played frisbee, got ice cream and generally enjoyed being outdoors in the sunshine. One of the rides was called CSI: The Experience. Wish I had gone on it for you Mom, but it cost too much!
Things didn’t work out for Croatia. Tickets were too expensive and the weather is going to be nicer here in Vienna than in Croatia. So, we bought our tickets for Munich, Germany instead. This will be better because I will be able to see Joey and our friend Markus who lives in Munich. We leave tonight!