Starting with a warning, this post is huge, so bear with me.
On 2/7 I went on vacation to Vienna with my boyfriend, after planning it for about a month. One of my best friends was there for Erasmus, for the last 6 months, so it was the perfect chance to visit the city, and see her too. I wanted to make this post sooner, but I had to organize my photos and furthermore, I had other obligations too.
We stayed there for 5 full days, and I think we saw as much as we could.
On Day 1 we went from the airport to our rented apartment, which was perfect and quite close to the city center, and then went out for lunch to taste the famous Wiener schnitzel. Our friend took us to one of the most famous restaurants (Figlmuller), to try the huge schnitzel, and my appetite was quite satisfied! 🙂 We also tried the potato salad, which was perfect and the spritzer, which I didn’t like because I don’t like club soda at all.
After lunch we went to see some shops at the city center, and then went for some coffee at Demel café.
The weather was seriously cold at that time, really windy and the temperature was dropping significantly. The only thing we managed to do was to eat some pizza for dinner before we headed back “home” to relax and sleep, as we were with only 2 hours sleep from last night.
On Day 2, we started quite early to visit the Belvedere, which was really close to our apartment, but before we even get in, it started raining cats and dogs, and the wind was blowing away our umbrellas. We weren’t prepared for this weather at all, as the temperature had fallen below 15 degrees and the wind and rain didn’t help the situation, but we got in the Lower Belvedere to see the paintings and hoped that it will stop at some point.
Taking pictures inside the museum was forbidden, but it had mostly Makart paintings. I’m not a big art fan, but my friend S. who studies architecture was, so we stayed there for a while. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t stop and we had to go to the Upper Belvedere soon, but it was impossible to take pictures of the beautiful gardens (like my visit to Versailles all over again).
The best thing I could do was this:
Luckily, a friend of ours who lives in Vienna, “saved our day”, and brought us some jackets and raincoats just in time. Wish I could show you the photos we took with my bf’s Blackberry, on our way to Upper Belvedere (Borrowed raincoats, and umbrellas turning inside out). Yes, I admit it, my nickname for the day was Kenny (from South Park) my face was completely covered by the raincoat’s hood. See??
Don’t let the happy face fool you, this picture was taken way after the rain and after our little “adventure” was over, and my belly was filled with delicious food. And furthermore, since the rain had stopped I’m not wearing my hood closed to the point where I couldn’t even see where I was going. 😛
Continuing with our adventure, we finally managed to go to the Upper Belvedere, which was a huge building, really beautiful inside, and outside, but yet again no pictures were allowed. But no one stopped us from taking pictures from the wet-from-the-rain windows of the beautiful gardens of the Belvedere, which we couldn’t visit in that weather.
Beautiful, aren’t they?
Later on, we went for lunch at the nearest restaurant of the Belvedere, completely cold and hungry. But you can see that from our order.
Spaetzle – it was too dry for what I was expecting.
Soup no. 1 was a cream of garlic with bacon croutons. I liked it but it had bit heavy taste. However, it was perfect to give me back my much needed warmth.
Soup no. 2 was a Bohemian brown beer one, topped with cheese. Really nice too, but it was ordered by my friend so I just took a spoonful of it.
Lastly, the Spare Ribs, with 3 types of sauce and fried potatoes. Really nice, but not much of my taste.
For this reason, me and my friend ordered another dish, (because yes, we weren’t full yet), a Turkey Cordon Bleu, which was delicious, but huge and it also came with a potato salad, which of course we couldn’t eat. But I don’t have a picture of that to show you. You can find the whole menu of the restaurant, here.
On the way back home, we even bought some delicious ice cream, and I couldn’t help but return home with a piece of NY cheesecake and a yummy cupcake from Starbucks.
But enough with this post! I got so carried away with the food and my memories, that I made it huge. Hope I didn’t tire you. I have more photos and experiences to share with you in my next posts, but I’ll try to make them shorter. I didn’t have much of fashion related things to show you, due to the weather that ruined my plans for dressing nice on my vacation, but I’ll give you a small taste in my next posts.
How did you like this post? Have you even been to Vienna? Waiting for your comments!