Days 16-19 Vienna and Bratislava
Day 16 Night in Vienna
On Friday we went from Venice to Vienna via the beautiful BMW. We drove through the Alps once again and they were gorgeous. It rained a bit but we managed just fine and as we drew nearer to Vienna the rain subsided. We were dropped off at our hotel and then Drew and I set out to walk around the city. It is a museum in and of itself. We stumbled upon the parliament building and it was amazing, with statues and fountains. We then walked through some parks and ended up partying some in the area called The Bermuda Triangle.
Day 17 Biking and meeting the group
On the second day in Vienna Drew and I opted to play it low key until the afternoon when we headed for a bike tour of the city that we found out about at our hotel. It was called Pedal power and was a 3 hour tour. It was a large group but the guide took us around to some really cool sites such as the Prata park that houses an 111 year old ferris wheel, some cool architectural buildings that were made with very few straight lines, and even hit the Danube. A few other interesting things are that they have fake beached along the cannal called swiss beaches and a pool floating on the canal next to a bar.
After the bike ride we finally met up with our group. The leader is a cool English guy named Chris, the other folks are mostly Aussies and New Zealanders, all very nice. We got the ground rules and the itinerary finalized. That night drew and I headed for the Danube to a boardwalk type of atmosphere with bars and clubs. It was cool and the night was very nice.
Day 18 More biking
On Sunday I slept in a little and then rented a bike from one of the great bike racks throughout the city... its only 1 euro for the first hour, I then toured through many of the parks along the Danube by myself. I ran into a field hockey match and then had a beer at the swiss beach on the way home. It was a real nice ride and got me out and moving.
Day 19 Bratislava
Today, Monday, we headed for Bratislava as a group. It was a nice 1 hour train ride to get there and marked my fourth country that I have been to now on this trip. We started things off with some Slovak food and beer. The beer here was awesome, some dark beer that was smooth and not too filling. then we ventured up to the castle which was cool and offered a nice view of the city. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. We played a little frisbee on the castle lawn but got in trouble by the tram driver when the wind took it down the hill... the guy didnt want to give it back and was swearing at us... drew went and grabbed it and then we gave up on that one. Drew and I then hit the communist era bridge that happens to have a spaceship looking restaurant at the top. it was a great view. Prices in Slovakia were the best yet with our beers only costing a little more that one euro.
Tomorrow we head to Czech Republic on the train... country number 5 here I come.
Take care everyone, I hope you had a good memorial day today!