The Palace

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The Palace

I woke up early after a great night’s sleep so I walked to the Hundertwasser. It was identified as “great and unique architecture” and so it was! I grabbed a delicious ham and cheese croissant (with the assistance of the clerk imitating a pig so I’d know what was in the filling!) and enjoyed watching families using scooters to work and school. What a great idea–do we do this in cities in the states?

I had a 9:00 appointment at Schonbrunn Palace. It’s enormity took my breath away!  It was built as a summer residence by Maria Theresa who was the only female ruler of the Habsburgs. She had sixteen children and eleven lived to adulthood–which is remarkable. All were married for political alliances except her favorite daughter who got to choose her husband. After the tour I hiked to the Neptune Fountain and Gloriette behind the palace and enjoyed the splendid view.

I then embarked on my journey to Salzburg via train. I have learned a lesson: double check information even when rendered from authoritative sources such as the information clerk and conductor!  I nearly missed both trains because I was waiting at the wrong tracks. I purchased a first class ticket because second class was sold out. I made myself cozy in the luxurious cabin. The conductor finally appeared when we had nearly arrived and told me I was in business class which is apparently above first class and I owed him €15. Another lesson learned.

When the shuttle to my hotel arrived we started climbing immediately. We wound our way through chalets with abundant window boxes and enchanted forest until the hotel appeared. As I approach 60 it is lovely to arrive at a well-appointed hotel!  We all have to wade through years of budget motels but thank heaven for where I can occasionally score a 4-star hotel at bargain prices. I am cozily settled.

Salzburg tomorrow!


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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  • Kevin

    Looks amazing! Glad you’re having fun.

    September 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm
  • Ami

    I’m loving every word of this- wishing I was living it!

    September 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  • cindygabrielsen

    Love your posts Rhonda. Keep it up. It feels like I’m there with you.

    September 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm
  • cindygabrielsen

    Trying to figure out how I can leave a comment right on the blog. I’m really enjoying the read! Keep posting.

    September 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm
  • cindygabrielsen

    Yay I did it! Give us more!

    September 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm