|A view of just one part of the amazing gardens at Schonbrunn Palace, summer home of the Hapsburg Family|
After some rehearsal in the beautiful Chapel, the concert was a huge success. We had a big enthusiastic crowd and the acoustics were excellent. It was the BEST performance I'd heard (and I'd heard 4 of them). Afterwards we had a tour of the palace, which was of course, beautiful and then boarded our buses again for our hotel in Vienna, The Hotel Imperial Riding School - the fanciest one yet, and right in the center of the city.
We didn't have long to get settled before we were on the buses again. This time for a ride just out of the city to one of the famous wine gardens where the Viennese go to enjoy the new summer wines and food. It was a lovely spot with bottomless carafes of their wine and a very good buffet dinner. The other customers asked for and received a brief concert which all enjoyed. A fun evening!
|The hill in the distance was built so that you could get a|
increasing perspective and view of the palace and grounds
|Looking back from the fountain to the palace.|
|A close up of the Poseiden Fountain|
|Heather in front of the Grotto, palace in back|
|A view from our picnic bench in the shade - it was a very hot|
day, in the high 90's. One day it went over 100!
|One of the posters for the concert|
|Rip leading the Chorus in a rehearsal in the chapel|
|A close up of Scott, still rehearsing as the gentleman in front|
hasn't put on his vest.
|A charming cupid watches the performance from on high|
|I managed to take this photo before being told they weren't|
allowed. This is just one of the tons of rooms we toured.
|The wonderful Wine Garden where we had our dinner our first|
night in Vienna, although it was out of the city aways.
|We sat outdoors in a lovely courtyard/garden with lots of other|
diners. They requested a few songs and loved them!