Schonnbrunne Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schonnbrun Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most important cultural monuments in the country. Since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens show the tastes and interests of Habsburg monarchs, who controlled territory from Austria to Slovenia, and parts of Germany and Itlay from 1860-1918.

On this day, we had an evening train ride planned to Budapesht, Hungary. So, we only had the morning to see the Palace and the Gardens. Had we planned it better, we would have stayed the entire day. BUT, that is traveling. Regardless, our time at the Schonnbrun was faultless.

We began our tour inside the Palace. And though the days of Sissy are long gone, one can’t help but imagine what life was like and how or if you could ever live in that time yourself. And if you did, what would it be like? I imagined someone brushing my hair, getting me dressed in the morning, serving me only the finest of things, bathing… man, what was bathing like? The clothing, days within the palace walls, strolls in the gardens, rumours of riots and war- only never to reach within. Crazy.

But I think my Mom really loved it. I know she loved the history to it. And I loved spending the day with her in such a beautiful place.

Another seemless day of travels. Growing both our minds and curiosity for the world.

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