Sunday, August 26, 2018

Vienna and Paris Gardens

 Do you like to tour gardens as much as I do? Join me today as I give you a glimpse of the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace Gardens as well as several famous Paris gardens.
 My husband and I enjoyed the Viking Danube River Cruise this spring and visited Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens just outside Vienna as an optional tour.  

Only Schönbrunn Palace rivals Versailles. The summer residence of the Hapsburgs it is large! It has 1,441 rooms but only 40 are shown to the public. We were not allowed to take pictures inside. It took us 3 hours to complete the tour with only a small time allotted for the gardens. Many pictures of the interior rooms are on the internet but most have copyright clauses. I have pinned many beautiful pictures of Schönbrunn Gardens on my Pinterest Board," Gardens", since I did not get to view all the gardens on our tour. 
The history of Austria is rich and complicated and made my head spin. One fact I did retain, Maria Theresa( read for more in-depth information) reigned for 40 years, and was the only woman to rule Austria and she gave birth to 16 children. She is famous for her youngest daughter, Marie Antoinette who at a young age (age 14) married the Dauphin of France who was to become Louis XVI. 

Kammergarten Pavillion

This large archway of wisteria was impressive on the side garden.

The fragrance was lovely.

A beautiful old movie,"A Breath of Scandal" was shot at Schönbrunn Palace starring Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin and Angela Lansbury. You can watch it now on Amazon.

Such a beautiful elaborate urn!

Flower markets on the street along the Ringstrasse in Vienna. This was my first time to visit Vienna and it did not disappoint.

Aren't the flowers gorgeous!

 Although our time in Vienna was limited and this post is about gardens I can't resist two items unrelated to gardening. We were able to enjoy a piece of the famous Sacher-Torte!
And..... We enjoyed a fabulous Mozart and Strauss Concert!

And now onto Paris..... Tuileries Garden. The Tuileries Garden was laid out in 1664. There are around 100 statues in the gardens.

The allium was particularly beautiful on a fine spring day.

View from Jardin Des Tuileries to the Arc De Triomphe. From "The Secrets of Paris" Michael Kerrigan states that these gardens weren't designed to be walked in but to be viewed from the windows of the Tuileries Palace. Despite the statues, fountains, and lines of trees, its open ways gave a clear run to the angry mob that in 1792 rushed the royal palace forcing Louis XVI and his terrified family to flee.

Video of Tuileries Gardens~ Paris. Paris weather is typically cloudy and this day was no exception. This was in early May and we wore jackets, but the next day we were wearing short sleeves. We always enjoy a stroll through this garden each time we visit Paris and marvel at the design of the gardens that have delighted visitors for 300 years. 
The formal design of the gardens was created by Andre le Notre, who was the gardener to King Louis XIV and who was also the landscape architect for the gardens at Versailles.
Other Paris posts that include Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin Palais Royal, Jardin de Luxembourg can be viewed here and here. I love the children sailing the small boats on the pond. It's a thrill to watch them sail the boats. It's also fun to see the same gardens in different seasons of the year. This post was May but the others are September.
 Have a great week, friends. Happy gardening!🦋🐝👒🐞

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  1. Bonnie, you make me want to pack my bag for a trip like yours. We’ve never traveled to Austria but it’s on our must see list. I can only imagine how delightful the desserts are there. I have to share your photos with Jim. We always enjoy a stroll through Tuileries Gardens when we are in Paris, A lovely snap of you and your husband. I enjoyed this post tremendously this morning with my coffee. Have a wonderful l week.

  2. Bonnie, I always enjoy being an armchair traveler when you share your trips abroad and beautiful gardens. The wisteria archway takes my breath away and how wonderful to be able to take home a beautiful bouquet of flowers available from the market. What a wonderful photo of you and your hubby! ♥

  3. Gorgeous, thanks for the interesting history lesson with a beautiful garden tour.

  4. I think I must add Vienna to my bucket list. What a glorious arbor and beautiful gardens. When I read Hare with Amber Eyes, they lived across from the palace and I wondered what that would be like. NOw I can imagine the characters strolling those magnificent gardens. How fragrant!

  5. Your trip was just incredible Bonnie, thank you for sharing bits of history with your beautiful photos. Can you imagine living that lifestyle, the huge castles and groomed gardens, so much to see!

  6. What a lovely time that you and your hubby must've had, Bonnie! What a cute couple you make! The wisteria archway was stunning, and I kept wishing that I could inhale and smell the delicious aroma. Talking about delicious...the Sacher-torte would be something that I'd want to try, too. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  7. Bonnie, how lovely to share your trip to Vienna, and your photos are breathtaking . Many years ago I took a big sniff of wisteria growing in Texas and I am not sure why, but the odor was not good, and I never understood why because under normal conditions, the aroma/fragrance is heavenly. Great photo of you and your hubby.

  8. Oh Bonnie, I have so enjoyed looking at your beautiful pictures. AMAZING and what a blessing for you to be able to take such a wonderful trip. Girl...I just wish I could have been hiding in your luggage. LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. Bonnie, I must add Vienna to my list and to enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna would be perfect. The arbor with the wisteria is just stunning. They did live opulently and their history is so intriguing. The Tuileries are always beautiful! Thank you for sharing some of your amazing travel that included gorgeous gardens. I always love having you link up to Gardens Galore!

  10. Bonnie, this is simply breathtaking. How wonderful for you and your husband to have such a magnificent trip. I know you have memories to cherish for your lifetime.

    The arbor with the wisteria is gorgeous and the fragrance must have been fabulous. The gardens are spectacular. Truly I am speechless, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

  11. Bonnie, what beautiful gardens you have visited during your travel. I, too, love the wisteria on the arbor. Just a georgeous post.

  12. Gorgeous, thank you for sharing...I love the shots of the arbor with wisteria, the flower market and the Alliums...everything was beautiful.

  13. It was lovely visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and the Tuileries Gardens with you. We have visited them both but in the fall when they have a totally different look.

  14. These gardens are breathtaking and the informative history lessons added so much to their story. Thanks for linking up to the September Take Me Away Party...always great to see where you've been!

  15. I'm catching up with you this morrning. My husband and I would love to take a river cruise. The Schönbrunn Palace looks truly lovely. Hope your enjoying a lovely October.


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