Started the day with a visit to the natural history museum in Vienna.
It was quite impressive.
You walk through gateways like this to get to different rooms (Each room is for different eras in history)
Artists working hard
One part of the ceiling
Being natural history, there will be the fair share of rocks on display
Overall, this museum is very well planned, informative and interactive. They are trying to explain the story of the Earth we live in and they arrange everything in such a way to throw not very subtle hint that evolutionism has to be key to understand life process. While I don't agree with them, I like their approach of indirectness, not the usual "in-you-face" facts but forcing the reader to think and come to the conclusion himself. I think I benefited from the detailed explanation on so many life processes too. I start to like rocks in this visit, a journey through the rocks is quite literally a walk through the ages.
Some of the exhibition (Photography not allowed in certain parts of the museum)
The final picture is very interesting, it predicts the condition of the Earth in a few decades. If you looked at the map carefully, it turns out that the only inhabitable areas are the North and the South. The ones in the middle will be rendered uninhabitable due to extreme weather or desertification. Perhaps we might want to start thinking of a plan to relocate? Because one could notice the signs already.
I went to the library after the museum and found myself loving the place. Did a self guided imperial tour of Vienna afterwards. Visited the museums and the castles that inside the imperial area in Vienna.
And I managed to squeeze in an English guided tour of the Spanish Riding School (It's easier to get a German tour than the English tour) I learned the lives of the riders, visited the stables (The horses are so lovely and dignified, pity no pictures could be taken) And they don't come cheap. One horse can fetch a price between 2,500 Euro to 17,000 Euro. It was an eye opener and I enjoyed the tour.
The performance area (The horses are taking a break during summer)
Best seat in the house
Outer area of the stables
Knowledgeable guide given explanations
Had coffee, Viennese style while watching the mares and foals grazing (stallions are taking a break from the city )
And the amusement park, Prater XD
Some of the rides are beginner-ish but some are downright scary. Here's some pictures
And they have a real merry-go-round, the first time I saw one with real horses
Compared to what we pay in Msia or Singapore, the park is very affordable. And listening to laughters from both children and the adults are very pleasant indeed.
Head to the University of Vienna, and this campus is truly a campus in the garden. It was already evening when I went there, so the place is rather deserted and very quiet and peaceful.
I walked around while waited for Sophia's Portuguese class to end. We had a traditional Viennese dinner (finally, my first after four days, haha)
At night, we went to a wedding party, The married couple didn't bother with suits and just dress casually to the wedding, that was refreshing