Today was our last day in Vienna. Which is a bit of a shame, because it is a beautiful city. But we're in our last week and we need to take the car back to Mara and Gera's Papa and Mama.
Mara and Gera took it easy this morning. Very easy and I was afraid we would never get away to see anything! But, they finally got their socks on and off we went. And it was the Schönbrunn Palace's turn. I had seen the castle in Prague and the one in Kraków, but I had never been inside one!
It was so beautiful! Beautiful paintings and beds and chairs and walls and floors and everything. But it was hard to see everything properly, because there were so many people. Mara said she felt like an animal being herded forward and forward. And because of all the people it was sometimes hard for me to see anything too.
|A folly that looks like Roman remains. Sort of.|
I was very disappointed as well that Mara was NOT allowed to take any photos inside. And she was told from the beginning, so she hadn't even snuck one in! Anyway, it was all beautiful.
After our 'lunch' we went to visit the gardens and they were pretty big. A lot bigger than our garden at home in Norway and really pretty as well. There were orange trees and lemon trees and a place to put them all during the winter. There were beautiful views and fountains and waterfalls and statues and big strange buildings.
|Ehm, left or right! I think...|
The best thing though was the maze and the labyrinths. Mara explained the difference: a maze is a place where you have to find your way to the center without getting lost in all the dead ends. A labyrinth is just one path that you follow and will go on and on through the whole garden. Sometimes with funny things or games at some places.
|I think we have to go this way|
The maze was the most difficult and even though I peeked over the top of the hedge, Gera beat us to the center! But she had a trick to get there first. She did tell us, but I won't tell you, because that's cheating.
The labyrinth was great fun. There were some things that spurt water. Once when Gera stood on something and rocked from one side to another (everybody stayed dry) and once when Mara crossed some stepping stones and there was a spurt of water. She screamed and jumped and got a wet foot! Very funny.
|Right before she got spurted|
We went back to the hotel quite early, since last night was so late and they had to find out a little about tomorrow. But it was a good day again.