Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Schloss Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn Palace behind Rita

The Gloriette at Schönbrunn behind David

David and Rita pick another warm and sunny day to tour Europe...

The guidebook says this palace rivals Versailles but I think it might be even more magnificent. We used the audio guides for the tour (well worth it), but of course I remember only bits and pieces. Among those are that Empress Maria Theresa had 16 children and that Empress Elisabeth, the much-younger-than-he wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, was always on a diet to maintain her slim figure, was athletic, had hair that took hours to do, and hated court life. In any case, the 39 rooms we visited were beautifully decorated with lots of gilting and crystal. Unfortunately we couldn't take pictures inside or we would have captured the Ultimate Princess Bedroom for Sarah.

Did I say it was cold? It was. Cold and windy, with the snow blowing horizontally. We didn't spend much time in the gardens. Maybe we'll go back in the spring.

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