We left Slovakia and made our way to Vienna where we had an overnight stay. That evening we went to a Strauss and Mozart concert in the city
The opera singers were very good – this lady had a most beautiful voice.
Next day we passed this lovely St. Francis of Assisi church
on our way to spend a “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum.
where there is a fabulous collection of art, ranging from golden sculptures by Bernini to paintings by Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt. We were very privileged as they opened the museum early, especially for our little group, so we could see everything unencumbered by other people. Here are some of the wonderful things we saw
Then we walked around the city
Back to the ship for a sumptuous lunch and a lounge on the sundeck before we were off again – this time to the Schonbrunn Palace – a most magnificent baroque Summer Palace inhabited by Empress Maria Theresa and her son Emperor Joseph II.
And here are a couple of the beautiful ceilings we saw as we entered the palace. (Not allowed to take photographs further into the Palace)
From the outside steps this was the view towards the gardens
Yesterday morning we arrived at Durnstein. It’s a charming town in the Wachau valley
and now back to the ship for another great dinner