After detailed analysis and hours of scheduling we determined that we don’t have sufficient time to do all we want to do. We had to cut. Vienna was the only choice. We got going early and got to Vienna by 10:00 or so and we allowed just an afternoon to see the city. We drove around the town center (which was easier since it was Sunday Morning) and parked the car in an underground garage. The temperature was already well into the 90’s. When we emerged we noticed there was a film festival going on. Here is the setup — outdoor movies and a large wine garden.
The big white square is the screen. The movies start at 9:45 PM but the wine garden was opening up at 10:00 AM as we arrived. We walked through the old town (this must be getting redundant by now) and saw the sights.
Saint Stephen’s Cathedral was the largest I have seen yet. I could not get the whole cathedral in the shot even with a wide angle lens.
The inside is spectacular as well. The allowed tourists in even though mass was on-going. The pipe organs filled the voluminous space.
After the Cathedral we walked through the town center and I took a couple more shots. At 2:00 the temperature had gone above 100 degrees and we called it a day, got a bit lost getting back to the car and ended up walking several miles to find it.
We did find the magic floating snake charmer though.
Vienna was a beautiful city, even with mostly everything closed on a Sunday. We had a nice walk and we were very happy that the car was underground parked. The underground garage was 89 degrees but it felt really cool to us. We were more than happy to take a 5 hour drive to Krakow in a nice air conditioned car. We spent a great deal of time on the road in the Czech republic. The roads were great and the traffic was moving. In Poland on a brand new freeway I just set the cruise control at 160 kph (100 mph) and sat back and sucked down the miles.
We have booked tours for Schindlers factory, the salt mines tomorrow and Auschwitz on Tuesday.