|The Grand Mercure Biedermeir Hotel|
I have an idea. Let’s add yet another country to our list today……Slovakia!
We are scheduled today to sing at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at the St. Martin’s Church, site of the coronations of 11 Kings and Queens of Hungary. In other words, a pretty famous place. But I’m getting ahead of myself….we had some other things to do first.
|Dr Nesheim hauling his tuxedo to the bus|
Like breakfast. And a stop by what our guide Hans calls “the most beautiful palace in Austria,” Belvedere.Belvedere is a historic building complex in consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape south-east of its centre. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.
The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which at the time was both the imperial capital and home to the ruling dynasty. This period of prosperity followed on from the commander-in-chief Prince Eugene of Savoy's successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire.
|Waiting for our entrance tickets at the Belvedere...might as well take a group photo!|
|Interior ceiling, second floor.|
Today, the Belvedere is one amazing art gallery with exhibits ranging from medieval church artwork to impressionists of the 20th century. At the moment, it is hosting the largest collection of Gustav Klimt works – truly awe-inspiring. Truly!
|Crossroads of southern Europe!|
|We have entered Slovakia!|
Tomorrow we leave Vienna and head for Salzburg………..look out Alps, here we come!
|Amazing meal....chicken, ham, cheese and peaches. PEACHES!|
|Concert tonight at St. Martin's|