An evening view of the main street shopping/pedestrian street just a minute’s walk from my hotel in Vienna. June 12, 2016

I did a tour today of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. No photographs are allowed of the interior…unfortunately. You’re told that any electrical device will set off an alarm. But at least once the tour is done the only exit available is through the gift shop so you could buy anything palace related that peeked your fancy…which I did not. What can I say, I’m in silent protest and refuse to purchase things I’ll have to carry around until the end of my trip. June 12, 2016

My hotel room in Vienna, Austria. It’s got the smallest floor space ever. I’ve had to put my suitcase on the only chair in the room because although there’s a table stand…that radiator looking thing in the photo…I’d probably break both of legs trying to get to the bathroom if it were up and fully extended. June 12, 2016

My old and gorgeous hotel in the heart of Vienna, Austria, dates back to 1896. I may have a small room but I’m in a very walkable area with so many of Vienna’s historical highlights within a few minutes walking distance. Plus, I’m surrounded by shops and restaurants in a pedestrian friendly area. I have to thank the Rick Steves guide book on “Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol,” for recommending the hotel. June 12, 2016

The famous Vienna Opera House in Austria is just a few minute’s walk away from my hotel. June 12, 2016

A close up view of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. June 12, 2016

The stately St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, marks the heart and center of the city. The cathedral has side chapels, several, a number of saints on pillars and other architectural gems throughout. June 13, 2016

The high altar of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, shows the “Stoning of St. Stephen” painting. The painting is dated 1647. June 13, 2016

A close up of the high altar of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, shows the “Stoning of St. Stephen” painting. The painting is dated 1647. June 13, 2016

The funerary monument of Emperor Frederick III, who. Died in 1493 in the choir room of St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. June 13, 2016

The pulpit balustrade of this central pillar is graced by busts of four Latin church fathers who personify different temperaments inside the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. June 13, 2016

The pulpit balustrade’s “window gawker” of the central pillar is said to be a selfie of the sculptor inside the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. June 13, 2016

The Wiener Neustadter Altar of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. The year 1447 is inscribed on the polyptych. June 13, 2016

The Altar of Our Lady at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Vienna, Austria. The painting, circa 1470, show the Virgin standing on the crescent moon with the divine infant on her arm. At her feet kneels the family of the unknown donor, immersed in eternal workshop. June 13, 2016

The west facade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. June 13, 2016