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We started the day going to the Schonbrunn palace, although not into it. The gardens are free, and you pay to enter each of the attractions. And gardens are, along with nice local wine, art, and good food, amongst my favourite things in the world. I was definately warming to the city.
The first place I stopped was the palm house, which was a couple of Euros to enter. By this time I had learned to say "one ticket please," a skill I have now sadly forgotten already, which meant that the man did not automatically switch to English (yay!) and I had to figure out the turnstile on my own (less yay by a margin). inside, I wandered around happily and spent ages watching a happy looking tortoise stretch its toes and snooze. There is probably a lot to be learned from tortoises; they do seem to have quite a good attitude to life.
At the bottom of the gloriette, we had a drink in the little cafe and got drizzled on a little by the rain, which was odd because by the time I got home I was definately a little sunburned. Then we paid the next couple of Euros to climb up the Gloriette itself. i would definately recommend it; it's a fantastic view of the city to the hills beyond, as the Gloriette is on a hill to begin with. I really enjoyed myself there.
After that, we went to the Naschmarkt, where there were lots of dried fruit and spice stalls. i was incredibly tempted to buy more spice, but the fact I have used the spice I brought back from bahrain about twice meant that I decided it might be more sensible not to.
next, we went for a walk and looked at some more buildings. We wandered past the Carlskirk, although not into it, and stumbled across...
An art exhibition in the street in order of the United Nations Year of the Potato! No, absolutely, it's true. i have no idea how half of these things relate to the year of the potato, but they do. We wandered throuigh the grounds of another palace, the belvedere, which I think both of us would have visited if there had been more time, and got a tram back to see St Stephen's Cathedral.
Again, we were foiled by a mass! Next time I go to Vienna, I will do some research first and avoid going at Mass time. Slightly frustrated, albeit in a respectful way, we wandered about the city for a while and then went to get some food.
Conscious of how long it had been since I had any vegetables, I suggested we look for something a little lighter than the night before, adn ended up in a really nice Japanese restaurant. It is part of a chain, and had special offers on Thai food, but I opted for seared Tuna and it was excellent. I've reviewed it properly below, and would really recommend it to anyone who is in Vienna long enough to have already tried the local noodles and things. Then we went home on the Tram.