04.10.2016 10 °C
The weather gods have been smiling on us in the last almost 3 weeks that we have been travelling, so I suppose we were due for a bit of rain, and Vienna has delivered that as well as some wind and cold temperatures today. We arrived 2 days ago, on the back of the Cronulla Sharks winning the NRL Grand Final, so spent our first afternoon eating the best Weiner Schnitzel EVER at the original restaurant in Vienna and drinking good beer, (and lets face it, as far as we know, there is no beer in Austria and Germany that doesn't taste good!) Yesterday, we had booked to do a day/night cruise up the Danube, so after an early start and tram ride, we boarded the boat and although the clouds looked ominous at times, we enjoyed a lovely day sightseeing up to the Wachau Valley and back. We spent a bit of time wandering around the town of Krem, famous for its apricot schnapps, and for being a very important roman outpost back in the day. It gave us a taste of what those river cruises that ply these waters must be like. We certainly have seen many of the ships going either up or down the Danube and the Rhine and tied up in port in Amsterdam, Budapest and Vienna. We arrived back at our hotel close to midnight so had a bit of a later start out today! It was a couple of hours out of the driving wind, rain and cold weather, but we had come prepared, and with our coats and umbrella, we ventured out, catching the train back into town. I must mention here how much we love the transport systems here and in many other places in Europe. A train/bus/tram coming every 5-10 minutes or so, on time, fast and efficient, well signposted and with routes clearly displayed. It makes navigating your way around an unfamiliar city very easy. Up and out from the underground, the full force of the weather hit us, but being hardy souls and not prepared to waste a moment of our time here, we made our way towards the Hapsburg Palace. We stumbled across a free walking tour as we arrived and decided to tag along, as we figured it would save us from wandering around fairly aimlessly...as we do sometimes...which is fine in good weather, but not when its teeming down, and this proved to be a good move. We still got wet and cold, but managed to see all of the things that we really wanted to see in a couple of hours. Due to the weather and holding an umbrella and my fingers like ice, I did not take as many photos as I would have liked, but will hopefully get a few more later in the day. In the early afternoon, our wet shoes and socks and feeling the need to warm up with a hot shower meant that we dripped our way back to our hotel and dried off, raised our body temperatures and will plan to venture out again this evening...and what do you know...the driving rain has now abated!! Its still windy and its still cold, but at least we won't get wet!