Vienna, the Regal City

Our three day weekend in Vienna was simply lovely.  A dear well-travelled Chicago friend gifted us a stay at the Marriott for a night and we relished the chance to enjoy a 5-star accommodation and the unlimited access to their Executive lounge; now that’s the way to travel! We definitely got this said friend’s points’ worth in our enjoyment of the ongoing food buffets during our 24-hour visit!  And lucky us! We found an apartment rental available within the hotel to finish out our weekend stay; a great way to continue the weekend!

View from the top of the hotel

View from the top of the hotel

IMG_1937Known for its classical music scene, our first night out, we spent at the symphony.  We bought the cheapest tickets we could, and while we had literally no view of the musicians (our backs were to the far wall of this picture on the upper deck), we very much enjoyed the music.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure the local aficionado sitting in front of us enjoyed our company as much; she aggressively shushed me after I very quietly whispered to Dan!  Ignoring the intense Austrian audience, we settled in to (blindly) enjoy the music and were pleasantly surprised when the second half added the voices of a full choir to the sound.  A great way to end!  Feeling fancy afterwards (I was wearing my single red silk dressy top!), we stopped at a trendy spot down the street and enjoyed a bottle of crisp Austrian white wine and delicious burrata and finished our evening over a delicious lemon tarte. This is the life!

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My plate is the one on the bottom. For the record, I ordered a hot dog…

The next day, we were blessed with nice weather and decided to stroll through Vienna and see the beautiful architecture.  We knew very little about what we were looking at, but we still had a good time!  On the recommendation of a local student we met the night before, we visited an Austrian street festival known for its apple wine, bratwurst, and apple strudel, and enjoyed the traditional music and dress of the locals; we saw LOTS of lederhosen!

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As I mentioned in a previous post, we met two great people from LA, Nancy and Dan, when we were touring Prague and they ended up being in Vienna the same time as us!  Both parties chickening out to exchange contact info during our first meeting, Nancy, an all-star sleuth, remembered that we would be at the Marriott and somehow managed to hunt us down and invite us to lunch!  It might have helped that her husband is a police investigator, but we are very glad for her detective work! Together, we tried wiener schnitzel on our first day and on our final evening, we tried a local hot spot, Huth, and sampled Mediterranean fare; a nice break from the Austrian meats! Nancy, whose mission to find an authentic Danish chair for their home had led them to plan their vacation to Central Europe and Scandinavia in the first place, was hoping to accomplish her task (much to her Dan’s chagrin) at their next stop in Copenhagen, but we hope we get the chance to see it in person as a very overdue West Coast trip seems that much more in order!  It was a great change of pace to have company to experience a new place and we found ourselves wishing we were headed north instead of south for our next stop so we could continue the fun.  Here’s to hoping our paths cross again!

Vienna ended on such a high note and made us wish we would have dedicated more time to Central Europe.  Although with Croatia up next, we’re sure to not miss it!IMG_1951 IMG_1962

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