I am trying to be better about blogging, and I want to blog about our trip quickly, so I don’t forget all the good parts! I luckily was able to journal for most of the trip, and have a lot of good memories saved 🙂 So without delay, here is our second day of the cruise, spent in Vienna, and it was the day we finally got to board the ship!
Vienna – (Day 2)
Today was a full day! We first had to get up and have our luggage outside the room by 7:30, so the porters could come get it, and take it to the buses (which would eventually take us to the boat)!
Then we headed down to breakfast and had bacon, waffles, pancakes, juice and tea! It was delicious. Then we checked to make sure they had our bags, checked out of the hotel, and headed to the bus.
We met our tour guides who were going to show us around Vienna. First was a 45 minute bus tour, around Ring Road, and past the Danube and Danube Canal. After our bus tour, it was time to walk 🙂 First we went to the national library, which was Dave’s dream library. Two stories of bookshelves with lots of ladders to get to the books. It was pretty amazing!
After that, we walked around the city, saw the rose garten, the Spanish stallion riding school, and some other places. After that, it was free time, which meant a Christmas (or Christkindle!) market for us to browse around.
This market was in front of the town hall, and was really nice! We got some Gluwein (of course), and kept our collectible mugs! I found some candles I really liked, so I bought one for Dave’s parents and my mom.
After the market, we went to a place called Rosenberger for lunch. It was buffet/cafeteria style, and it was a little chaotic. We managed to get some food and a table, and ate our lunch. It was good, but too much for our liking! This is where being on the boat would have been helpful.
Headed back to the bus, and it was off to Schronbrunn Palace. It was a drive back through the city, and we arrived about 2 or so. We took a tour of the palace, which lasted about an hour, and then we got to shop at another Xmas market. Got some amaretto Gluvein, and did a little more shopping. I found a cute candle holder for me, that is carved out of wood, and reflects a scene. Also found some things (magnets, nativity scene person) for our families.
Then it was time to get back on the bus and finally head to the ship! I was so excited to get there, but of course we hit a lot of traffic, and it felt like the longest ride over!
When we finally did arrive, it was great! The crew welcomed us with hot chocolate and got us quickly checked in, showed us rooms, and delivered our luggage at lightning speed 🙂
We were exhausted but it was dinner time, so we headed to the restaurant. We ordered from a menu that had nice options. I had the chef’s salad, chicken consumme with profiteroles, trout with a white cream sauce, and apple strudel for desert. It was all amazing 🙂 oh did I mention the free flowing wine? They refilled my glass before it was even close to being empty!
After dinner, it was time to head to the concert hall for the Strauss/Mozart concert! We got back on the bus, and headed back across town one more time.
The concert was great! Along with the music, there were singers and dancers accompanying the performance. It was really entertaining, and we had a great time.
A final drive back thru Vienna, and we returned to the ship. After a night cap in the lounge, it was finally bed time 🙂
I was worried about sleeping while sailing, but I had no issues, and slept quite well 🙂 While we were sleeping, we were sailing right along to Durnstein, the next stop on our cruise. More on that in the next post!