We rode the Metro to Schonbrunn Palace. We paid for the guided English tour that started at 11:00. We had about 45 minutes before the tour started, so we walked around the gardens. Everything was brown and leafless, but it gave you a better perspective of the size of the garden. It was not as large as Versailles, but it was close.
We started wandering back to the palace and stopped at a building that was a large bird cage for pigeons. There was a placard that explained the building and the types of pigeons that were housed there. Albert and I lingered too long. At this site. As a result we missed the guided tour of the palace. We tried to catch up with the group, but never succeeded. At one point I think we passed them, but all the group members had headphones, so I didn’ both to try and join. On our own we walked through the 40 rooms on the tour. It was interesting, but the gilded opulence did not impress me. I’m sure part of my skepticism is because I’m an American. We don’t believe that God chooses certain among us to rule over the rest.