It started out pleasant today and we walked through the old town and enjoyed the architecture.
|Imaginative use of old cans|
Having bought 24 hour transit passes we took a 1 tram around the ring. We stopped in at the hotel to grab rain gear then took 2 tram then a D tram to Schloss Belvedere. If anything, this is looking even better than when we were here before, the statues in the formal gardens have all been cleaned. The views across Vienna were stunning.
Wall to Wall Trams
|Before the downpour|
|Its now beginning to rain quite heavily|
|Short-turning a tram on the Ring can interrupt traffic|
We went out for a walk around the old town later. The ice cream parlors were doing a fine business and many people were sitting outside. We came across the square in front of the Rathaus which was given over to benches and chairs with a ring of drinks and snacks sellers around the outside. People were having a great time. We found the Cafe Central which we had visited last time and stopped for an Aperol Spritz. It began to rain and we went inside where a pianist was going full bore, including "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" which was very appropriate as the rain, thunder and lightning intensified.
|Peter Altenberg used to be a regular patron of the Cafe Central. He was a witty chronicler of early 20th century Viennese life|