Vienna Travel Blog› entry 20 of 32 › view all entries
June 27th, 2006 – by: coolguy
After spending two hours there, we biked a short distance and began to see a castle up on a nearby hill. We decided to check this place out too. We locked our bikes and hiked up a steep, steep road, while countless cars and tour buses flew past. By the time we got to the top, we could barely walk. Fortunately, the view from up there lifted our spirits and gave us some more energy. We explored the castle and took many pictures of the cute Austrian towns tucked amongst the region's hills and valleys.
We were very happy to have explored both of these buildings, but perhaps we weren't being very reasonable. That day we were scheduled to have our longest ride of the trip, 75+ km through the picturesque terraced vineyards of the Wachau region.
Instead, we had to continue biking through the hot summer sun. Only later did we find out that Europe was going through a heat wave. We tried to stop for something to eat, but we weren't very successful. Apparently every shop in Europe closes on Sunday and we ended up eating a gourmet meal bought from a gas station snack bar.
Yesterday we arrived in Vienna. By some miracle, we didn't have any delays and we actually arrived before lunch. Our time in Vienna has mostly been spent running errands and we haven't got out to see much. We did visit the Prater, an old-school amusement park with a big ferris wheel, which we took a ride in. Tonight we decided to see a show at the Vienna Opera House. This was quite an experience. First, they absolutely hate shorts for some reason. You can wear your Megadeth t-shirt and ripped jeans, but anyone in shorts is kicked out. Realizing this, I hid behind a dumpster and quickly zipped on my fancy pant legs.
It was an Italian opera, but we had subtitles to explain the silly plot. I really enjoyed the show, especially the set. Unfortunately, Vienna was like a sauna tonight and with so many people there, it was much worse in the Opera House. When they let us out at intermission, we almost ran over the old ladies so we could get outside for a drink. Quite an adventurous night, but we've decided to return here after our bike trip because there is more we'd like to see.
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