We weren’t expecting fireworks or any other sort of celebration of American Independence Day. So rather than plan the day around a BBQ or baseball game we rented a scooter and bumped along back county roads outside of Bordeaux, France. Miles and miles of vineyards passed us, the view occasionally obstructed by enormous chateaus and estate houses. Despite leaving Bordeaux with sunny skies and the promise of a nice day the weather started turning. As the dark – almost black – clouds rolled in, we scooted along searching for shelter. I’m not sure who saw it first but the 40 foot silver rooster perched on a small hill to our right seemed to call to us. Cock-a-doodle-doo he said, come in out of the rain and drink my wine.
Pouring rain lead to a slow start of day two but Brian and I managed to accomplish almost everything on our list… Albeit a bit wet. Â SchÃ¶nbrunn Palace was stop number one, this was originally a hunting “lodge” for the Hapsburg family.
We’ve been to a few palaces now but this one was especially cool because all of the furnishings were still in place from the early 1700s. Â Although the audioguide was very informative we both wished we had retained a bit more information from our European history classes in high school.