Vienna, Melk Abbey, Salzburg
The bus ride to Vienna, Austria was only 1.5 hours. We settled into the hotel and went out to a Mexican restaurant for dinner….very Austian, I know. Afterwards I took a bath, used the free internet, and went to bed early.
We woke up and took a walking and bus tour of both the new and old cities. We visited Hundertwasser House and Village, which was awesome. The architect, Hundertwasser, didn’t use right angles, used mirrors everywhere to project light, liked a lot of fountains, and the ground surrounding his buildings were never flat. It was very cool. We also saw St. Peter’s, the Opera House, a few embassies, the Plague Column, and a two castles.
I guess I should mention that this was Easter Sunday. We went to lunch and got ice cream for a treat. We got some boiled eggs and met up with some others to break them (some weirdo Greek thing ). We went to a fair near our hotel to ride the giant ferris wheel, which is historically important for some reason, but never actually rode it.
Everyone went home to rest and I took a walk along the river, which was absolutely gorgeous. I went to the hotel and showered before meeting up with some others to go downtown to dinner. We ate at a traditional Austrian restaurant, which was really slow and the owner/waiter dude was really rude. Anyways, it was a good meal and we had a good time, so it’s all okay.
The next morning I woke up at 6:45 (boo) and boarded the bus to Melk Abbey. The Abbey is one of the most famous in the world, and now a school as well. We only had 1.5 hours to walk around but that was plenty because we couldn’t go inside…. I didn’t see even 1 monk!
The bus ride to Salzburg, Austria took 3 hours. After getting into the hotel we went downtown. I had a quick lunch with Teresa & Blake. We sat by the river with some others before Nicole, Linsey, & I left to explore. A lot was closed because it was still a holiday (Easter Monday) but we went to a beer garden, another Easter market, and walked by Mozart’s house and the river for a while longer.
We went back to the hotel and rested up for a little before going out to dinner. We went to a local place which was closed, and two other places which were also closed. We ended up at McDonald’s again.