After breakfast we joined a tour that was to take us to the old city center and finish at St. Stephan's Cathedral. Unfortunately, it was starting to spit rain by the time the coach left the boat and the traffic going in was ferocious. By the time we were dropped off for our walk, the morning was fast disappearing. We managed a quick fly-by of the Opera House
and then headed toward the Royal Palace and the famous Riding School where as luck would have it they were preparing for some kind of major soiree and were closed down. This poster was the closest we got.
And then on to St. Stephan's.
Because of the clouds and rain the interior was dark and muggy. Pictures without flash were tough to get and we only had about twenty minutes inside before the coach would return to pick us up for lunch.
I'll leave you with a few of the more exotic shots from the morning like swimming in the river? OK On the river? Wierd.
My most interesting shot of St. Stephens was this one reflected in the glass of a modern building.
Still no sun. Overall it was a better morning for shop window close-ups.
We would have loved to take a set of these stunning Klimt tea cups home with us.
In honor of the fact that it had been over fifty years since our last visit to Vienna, the sky began to clear.
One could pass most of a day just wandering the gardens of to the side of the palace.
Our journey back to the ship took us by the famous Vienna amusement park called the Prater with its iconic ferris wheel. We visited the park and rode the wheel in 1963 on our very first European trip, but the wheel is more famous for the ride taken by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, "The Third Man." We had to be content with a drive-by on this visit.
Back on board we sat and looked out over the modern city's eye catching skyscrapers.
Then dinner with some pleasant British friends as the sun bathed the skyline with gold.