|Day 43 June 7th.
The trip to Vienna from Krems was fast and pleasant. Despite approaching Austria's capital the route was rural alongside the river on almost deserted roads. I was flying, unrestrained by binding brakes, I was a born again man and for a change it was Sue who called for an easing of the pace. We camped at Klosterneuburg and based ourselves there for our 3-day stay in Vienna.
Two good days of sightseeing, the first day spent walking the streets and generally lolling around getting a feel of the place. Naturally a lot of tourists but not too crowded. There echo of London in the imperial buildings, with many being of the same era as London's. Naturally the Viennese had a little more embellishment on them. Very nice sitting having coffee and (Viennese) cake watching the world go by. The next day was more organised and we visited The Spanish Riding School for their practice session. Very interesting and in an amazing building - for a riding school. (You will not read here, needless to say, of any visits to the Technology Museum nor the Austrian Museum of War). We then set off to find the Naschmarkt, after some walking came across an eye-opening collection of market stalls, fruit, veg, delicacies from the all over the world - interspersed with what must have been over a hundred restaurants and regional 'fast food' points. Naturally we were hooked and had a lovely fish lunch. Then on to the Schönbrunn Palace where we did the full works. Stunning and interesting and the gardens provided quiet resting for us before we set off again for a 'tourist' concert at the Hofburg Palace. Walking through the streets at 10.30 the streets and large pedestrian plazas thronged with diners and those just enjoying a wine or beer, lovely ambience. A very enjoyable evening and day. A bit of domestics the next day and a visit to the long established Vienna fun fair. I should have been there with some friends, some the rides were quite dramatic.
Our 3 nights here have also been interesting with numerous previously met cyclists arriving. 3 nights of sitting round a table drinking wine with fellow nutters was pleasant and interesting. We said goodbye to our Dutch friend Bernard here who was returning home by bus. His 1st cycle tour and in his words 'a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful holiday'