European Vacation – Vienna to Niederdorf

This morning, we were among the hundreds of people packing up tents to leave Vienna.  It was still raining, so our tent was wet as we put it away.  I mention that I bid a fond farewell to the owner of the site, but I suspect that I was just waving towards the office as we drove away.

We were headed downtown to try to find the Lipizzaner Stallions in order to watch a training session.  We actually found the place without too much trouble.  There were probably signs.  🙂

We got there 1 & 1/2 hours before it opened, but there were already some people in line ahead of us, so we waited there with them and chatted.  There were a couple of girls from Ontario and a family from Ohio, so the time went by fairly quickly while we waited.

We had our choice of seats and were entertained for a full 2 hours watching the show.  It was amazing!

Then we got some lunch and headed south – out of town.  The rain had stopped while we were having lunch, but it was still cloudy.   We loved the countryside – it was so beautiful – no mountains, but big rolling hills.   To 3 girls from a prairie province who were used to the flat prairies in Canada, this was so nice and relaxing to view this scenery.

I’m not sure why, but we were driving on a skinny, winding road.  I don’t know if the main road didn’t go the direction we wanted to go or if we found this road by mistake – but I always love getting off the beaten track and I’m sure that is why we saw more of the beautiful countryside.

The sun never did come out and we didn’t feel like putting up a wet tent on the wet ground, so we checked into a pension in Niederdorf, a small town in Austria.  We had our dinner in a very fancy restaurant – seemed very fancy for such a small town – but we enjoyed the food.  I had cordon bleu.

Today’s pictures are from the Lipizzaner Stallions show.  We could not use flash, so they are pretty dark, but I’ve fixed them up a bit after scanning.

Lippizzaner Stallions
Lipizzaner Stallions
Lippizzaner Stallions
Lipizzaner Stallions