I found these two images of Vienna, that I took when we arrived. As I said before, I had no tripod, so this image was taken by putting the camera on top of a crate! Lots of renovation work going on which is why there are wooden crates everywhere...
Being Autumn made it even more beautiful in my opinion. We wandered down pathways totally covered in a canopy of autumn leaves...
We came out of the pathway to the back of the Palace. Very imposing, beautiful and large. Imagine living here! Which room would you take? You wouldn't like to drink to much the night before, you may forget which room you were in!
Back under the canopy, we stopped here and had our schnitzel that we had saved from the night before, for breakfast. Very yummy in a lovely place.
We walked across the square then strolled along Karntnerstrabe. Along here were lots of stores from the most expensive and posh clothing chains to souvenir shops and McDonalds. Unfortunately for us, everything except the souvenir shops were closed because it was Sunday. (Or maybe that was fortunate!)
A beautiful new building on the corner reflecting the old St Stephens church in its windows...
Not huge, but very beautiful inside with an amazing domed ceiling with amazing art. Once again a service was in progress so we could not explore.
My foot gave up here. Couldn't walk a step further. We were in great need of sustenance as well and Anne wanted us both to experience the Sacher Torte at the Sacher Hotel. So we caught the tram back to the Opera House area and got instructions from one of the ticket sellers where to go. I walked on while Anne got instructions and when he found Anne was English he got her to help her with some English grammar on a play he was writing. I wondered where she had got to!!
We then queued up at the Sacher Hotel at their cafe (Cafe Sacher) which I don't have a photo of but you can view it here. It took about 20 minutes before a table became free. We were ushered to a coat service where they took our coats, then we got a table for two and shared the famous Sacher Torte. This is the worlds most famous chocolate cake. Well worth a look and if you are in Vienna, this is well worth going to. If you can't get to vienna to try it and you want to try it, you can treat yourself by having it delivered to you through the website!!
After the Sacher Torte we headed back to the hostel where our car was parked, picking up a bottle of Austrian bubbly to drink in Bratislava, picked up our luggage, and drove to Bratislava which was an hours drive away from Vienna. I took some grab shots out of the car on the way of some of the many wind farms we passed. Actually everywhere we went in Europe were alternative methods of power - mainly wind and solar. I even saw a 'solar' farm. Even in greece most of the buildings had solar power and after seeing this, I think New Zealand is not as 'green' as they try to make out to be - we have a long way to go before we catch up to the rest of Europe!!
We arrived in at our hotel in Bratislava about 5pm - it was really nice, quite luxurious with a glass elevator going up outside the building, which we figured would be cold in winter! Very modern. We popped the wine in the fridge, then headed out to explore the town and get some dinner.
We drove into the city centre as we were a bit far to walk. We got a bit lost but saw a policeman, so drove up to him to ask directions to where the carpark was. He got a policeman who spoke english, and gave us directions to the carpark, then asked us for our passports, and proceeded to fine us with driving where we were. Apparently the road we were on was only for taxi's and people who lived there. I was a bit miffed about this as we were obviously lost, couldn't read Slovakian road signs, and we had actually approached them to help us!!! He charged us 10 euros, saying that it could have been 60 euros. Grrrr!
We then parked the car, and started walking - coming across a really neat little Christmas market. We bought some handmade decorations. We found a great place for dinner and ordered local dishes. Anne couldn't decide what to have, so halfway through our meal, our waiter bought out a small plate of the other dish Anne was tossing up whether to have or not, for her to try. Wouldn't charge us for it either, so we left a generous tip.
We headed back to the hotel and Anne went to the gym while I collapsed on the bed. When she came back we drank the bottle of bubbly, and that's when we found our fridge was totally complimentary!! We emptied it!!! So Anne has Slovakian beer on her dressing table in Amsterdam!