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Trip Report London, Vienna, Prague - Part 6 Last Day in Vienna

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Part 6 Last Day in Vienna

While my wife was getting ready, I went out in the AM to take some pictures of the church and cemetery across the street. I also, for the first time took a little walk in the neighborhood behind the Rainer. I hadn't realized that there's a big residential area that way. I stopped off at a bakery/coffee shop and had a coffee and a chocolate donut, and I brought my wife back a donut.

We went to the Kunsthistoriches Museum. The buildings palatial interior is very impressive. We ate breakfast at the café in the museum. I had a bagel with lox, wife had a ham and cheese sandwich, we both had coffee. The waiter was very nice.

One of the museum guards there is very sarcastic. He's a tall older man with a British accent.

Me: Do you work here
Him: Obviously
Me: Can I go straight to the Vermeer without walking the whole museum
Him: This isn't a supermarket.

I thought to tell him that he must be a Monty Python wannabe, but I held my tongue.

Not having much time, we walked past a lot of paintings but concentrated on the Dutch paintings, Breugel, Steen, Vermeer, Rembrandt.

Left the museum, stopped off at the Naschtmarkt and had a couple of kebabs.

Headed off for the Schoenbrunn. We got there before our appointed time, but they let us in early. Did the grand tour. Saw the giant bed, the million dollar room, the grand ballroom , etc. Learned a little about the Hapsburg family, their joys and miseries. Walked around the 'back yard'. Saw the fountain and the colonnade.

Went back to the hotel to get ready for the Gustav Mahler Young Orchestra Symphony. Got dressed up nice, not formal. Went to Musikverein by taxi. Picked up our tickets. I thought we had seats. I found out what Stehplätze means. My wife was , how do you say PO'd in German.

Luckily she brought flats and changed her shoes. We took a couple of spots in the back and leaned against the wall then sat down on the floor. In any case, after telling my wife about 100 times, I thought we had seats; the symphony was wonderful, especially the crescendos. Live and learn.

Following the concert, I asked the doorman of the hotel next door for a café recommendation. He said you can go to the hotels café, or you can go to café Schwartzenberg . I took a look at the empty hotel café and opted for the latter.

When we got there we saw it was a popular place, but we scored a table. My wife ordered a chocolate cake and coffee, I had a weiner schnitzel and a Zipfer beer. We shared our dishes and enjoyed yet another of the great Vienna cafes. I joked that Vienna is about the 3 C's , Concerts , Coffee, Cake; and weiner schnitzel , I added, and beer, she added.

We hung out café for a while, then decided to take a different route back to Karlplatz, we wound up walking near some beautiful building across from a fountain next to a park. Then we went over to the fountain to take a video, but my battery died. I think that park is the Stadt park.

We made our way back to the Rainer Hotel, by tram. I saw some Spanish tourists on the Tram, and I told myself they are probably staying at the Rainer also. They got off the tram in front of us.

At last we figured out how to exit onto the street next to the Evangelist Church, next to the Rainer, so as not to have to run across a highway. The trick was to cross over to the North bound platform then look for the elusive sign to Evang/Friedhof. After safely exiting, on the street, I looked back and saw the Spanish tourists running across the highway.

We would have a shuttle pick us up at 9:15 AM the next day, to go to Cesky Krumlov.

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