Current location: Vienna, Austria
11.11am, Checking out.
Today was the last day of our trip. I woke up feeling:
Luxurious in a big, proper, soft bed;
Clean, having not slept in a tent in my mouldy clothes;
Sad, that the holiday was ending;
Achy, after cycling 350km;
Excited, to explore Vienna.
Andy wanted to show us a really nice brunch place he knew of so we checked out of our lovely hotel, put on our raincoats (it was VERY rainy today) and braved the outdoors. We treated ourselves to a yummy brunch to say well done for getting to Vienna, and also because it was potentially our last proper meal together.
After lunch, we headed in to the city to look at St Stephen's Cathedral, which had some kind of light effect in it, making it look like it had been tie-dyed. David and Val went exploring while we went to Prater, a big fairground on the outskirts of Vienna. It is one of the most bizarre things I've seen in a city. It was a very fun, kind of run-down place, with hundreds (literally) of rides to go on, games to play, amusement arcades, restaurants...the place is massive and free to go in to. We went on the dodgems and on a ghost train and spent a lot of time trying to win sweets in the amusement arcade.
A whistlestop visit to a supermarket to stock up on our favourite Austrian food to take home (and spend the last of our Euros), and it was time to head to the airport.
The sad feeling came back then. This has been the most amazing holiday. I completely underestimated how beautiful it would be, and how much I would love the cycling and camping aspect of it, the food, the weather, the history, the churches, the wine (maybe I hadn't underestimated that part).
Riding every day, and being with such an incredible group of friends and family was so good for the soul. For anyone even considering a holiday like this, I would say DO IT. An unforgettable and, very possibly, unbeatable trip. Thank you Team Danube! xx