Today we mixed some lesser sights with shopping and eating. The weather was a bit frigid, with gusty winds and intermittent snow. Yes, snow. We took the U-bahn to Karlsplatz, where I toured the Secession building, paying €10 to see some Klimt. The Beethovenfriese, specifically. Why a gorilla figures into the Ode to Joy I don’t know.

Then the not-surprisingly dead in February Naschmarkt, where we saw plenty of Morocco and Tunisia and not so much Austria. Next, we saw Karlskirche, where a Catholic has to pay €8 to enter a Catholic church, even if only to pray. Schönborn’s Amerika.

Then, we discovered the best way to avoid lines at the Prater is to ride the famous Riesenrad ferris wheel in a snow shower. Then it was on to Mariahilferstrasse for power shopping at the ladies’ insistence.

After that, we had a pricey but delightful dinner at Castelletto, with schnitzel, Italian fare, and the best gelato I’ve had outside of Italy. At last, an evening stroll down the Graben.

Bonus pics: Last night’s trip to the grocery store produced real Spanish chorizo and jamón serrano. A nice little treat.

Today, my son learned the hard way one of the lesser known laws in Vienna: if Sigmund Freud boards the U-bahn, he gets your seat:

One more day in the land of schnitzel!