With the wagon in the sick bay, Sunday’s plan of hiking in the Kamptal with visiting friends needed tweaking, as we were now without wheels. A second pair of friends joining us had wheels, but not enough seats for the four of us, so Tony and I bought train tickets and met the crew in Langenlois; hence the €59,60.
Another schlecht Sunday. I reiterate that we are not spending our remaining time in Austria checking places off a list; the day just lent itself to a new exhibit at a favorite castle (I have several favorites), with lunch at a favorite Weinschank afterward.
It would be wrong to be indoors on a day as lovely as this.
The calm before the IB exam storm.
Though not because of the hiking.
A little early for the Marillen blooms, but that was fine by us.
Schloss Hernstein is a Theophil von Hansen creation; in fact, it is the design that inspired his more well-known constructions in Vienna, Parliament and the Wiener Musikverein (where Anna Grace has performed), one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world. Another near acoustically-perfect hall is Hill Auditorium on The University of Michigan campus, at which the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (and Jack) have performed. The castle also served as a Hapsburg hunting lodge; and from 1945-1955 was home to the Russian Commander-in-Chief.