On Saturday I got my act together and focused on sightseeing. The Schönbrunn Palace was my first stop where I went on the Grand Tour.
I took the metro back to the city centre and visited Hofburg.
The Sissi Museum was my favourite part because it was all about Empress Elisabeth of Austria. As a child I had watched the Sissi trilogy with Romy Schneider so many times and I was intrigued to find out more about her.
I discovered that she was an extremely beautiful woman who was leading a very tormented life and she suffered from social phobia. Not ideal when you are supposed to be an Empress. It was also interesting to learn about her exercise and diet regime. Every day she worked very hard to maintain a weight of 50 kg (110 lbs) and a waist of 50 cm (20 inches), even after four pregnancies. She even had a mini private gym in her rooms.
Another extraordinary fact was that she had ankle length hair that required daily grooming for three hours during which she would be reading or studying foreign languages with a tutor. Who would nowadays accept such a daily hair routine?
Just like Empress Sissi, I am also currently watching my weight but I could not pass out on the opportunity of having a piece of Sacher cake at the Hotel Sacher.
I had a late lunch: prawn salad, followed by the famous cake and a Schokoccino.
I really enjoyed the cake but what I didn't like so much was that it is a tourist attraction. You need to queue, in order to get in. 99 percent of the customers will be sitting there eating the Sacher cake. While I was having the prawn salad, I almost felt a bit out of place because no one was having a regular meal.
I was also grossed off by tourists from a certain continent who sitting next to me. I almost told them off. Sorry, but it is not okay to come to Europe, chew loudly with your mouth open and then burp when you're done. As Countess Luann would
say sing: 'Money can't buy you class'. You may have enough cash to buy up the whole stock of Louis Vuitton on the Champs-Elysées if it wasn't for the restriction but apparently you haven't heard about basic European manners. On second thought... maybe they thought that because I look Asian, I didn't mind their behaviour. And they were wondering why I wasn't chewing with my mouth open and burping? Anywhoo...
I will share with you my final Vienna post tomorrow and then it's back to Lux life.
Vienna Day 1
Vienna Day 2
Vienna Day 4