So like, we got up right, and like – we grabbed some coffee’s and had a last wander around Schloss Belvedere in Vienna, and then before you know it, we are in Prague in time for dinner.
Today we finally got to go to the Naschmarkt. We have been wanting to go here since day one in Vienna, but there always seemed to be something else to do. The Naschmart has food, and lots of it. Cheeses and meats and treats and pretty much one of everything.
We had coffee and snacks at a nearby Viennese cafe.
Then we checked out the Flohmarkt next to the Naschmarkt. Again, one of everything here.
Steve had a large, delicious kebab and Blainie had some Icecream.
We couldn’t help going into the shop at the Naschmarkt that featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Vienna episode of No Reservations. We bought a bottle of pumpkin seed oil in there.
Then that afternoon/ evening we headed back to the Steiermark Festival again for more food, beer & wine.
We finished the night off with a curry wurst & Underberg (we wanted Jagermeister but they didnt have any) at a Wurstl Stand. Good stuff indeed. We’re gonna miss this city.
Well after yesterday’s glorious sunshiny day, we were greeted this morning by wind, rain, coldand just general horrid weather.
We decided to go cower from the cold by having breakfast at the Sacher Cafe.
Then we decided that we couldn’t avoid going to a gallery of some sort any longer. We were, after all, in Vienna. We chose to go to the Albertina where there was 3 exhibitions – Brugel, Ruebens & Bosch; Max Ernst and a collection of various artists including Picasso, Monet, Miro, Magritte and more. It was good. But looking at galleries is hard work, and an afternoon coffee and snack was called for.
We went to another Viennese cafe for coffees, pancakes and Kaiserschmarn.
Then we went back to our apartment for a bit of a rest, and to decide where to go for dinner. We eventually decided on a place to go to in the town centre. However, whilst on the tram and passing by the Rathaus, we noticed some sort of festival going on. We had to get out to investigate. Upon further investigation, we discovered it was a big, four day festival celebrating the Steiermark region of Austria (for those taking notes, where we had just been prior to Vienna) with food, beer, music and the like. We decided to stay there and have dinner. And a beer.
Then we thought it would be a good idea to go to Prater, cos it would look really cool at night. Unfortunately it was already later than we thought, and by the time we got there most of it was closed.
So we eventually had to leave the zoo, because we got tired. It was such a big zoo, but we saw most of it, we think. We sadly didn’t have the energy to explore nearby Schönbrunn palace, which looked like it would be very cool.
After the first tram ride of our trip back to the city, we decided to stop for coffee and the very cool looking West Ende Cafe. At first we thought it was a little smarmy, the waiters were wearing tuxedo’s after all. Then we soon realised that that was just how it was in Vienna, and it wasn’t smarmy at all. Also we think our waiter may have been slightly drunk.
Then, after a quick stop off back at our apartment, we headed off to Therme Wien. Thermal baths to heal our aching bodies was just what we needed. Once we figured out the system, it was awesome. The baths were toasty and rejuvenating.
As it was already pretty late when we got there, we ended up having dinner there. Who’d have thunk I would one day eat goulash whilst wearing my bathers. Incidentally, you pay for everything with the little blippy wrist band they give you so you don’t have to worry about having cash.
On the way home on the tram, we spotted Tichy Icecream. We had been looking for this place for a while, so upon spotting it, we had to get off the tram. After initially thinking they were already closed, we realised they weren’t, and went in for a birthday Icecream. Steve had a “Schneeball” with it’s trademark apricot centre. Blainie had normal Icecream, which although was ordered with cream, instead arrived with caramel sauce. It was delicious though, so no one is complaining.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we spent Blainie’s 38th birthday.
Today was Blainie’s birthday. We decided to go to the Vienna zoo. It claims to be the oldest zoo in Europe. The weather was even nice for probably the first time during this trip – the sun was evening shining!
We had a Leberkäse roll for morning tea.
And lunch in the Kaiser Pavillion on the centre of the zoo. We even got to sit outside in the sun.
These guys had some lunch too.
This morning was rainy and cloudy. Not ideal for those of us who had planned to spend the day wandering around seeing the sights of Vienna. Decided that the only sensible thing to do was to go to Cafe Sacher and have cake and coffee and wait it out to see if the rain cleared.
The coffee and cake was delicious and the cafe was toasty and warm, but when the wait staff began setting up the outdoor tables and chairs, we decided it was a good indication that the rain had cleared up for the day. And so we headed to Prater, Vienna’s every day of the year fun fair.
From the tram we caught the Manner wafer mini train to fun fair central.
The park was much, much bigger than we had expected. We pretty much thought we would go on the big Ferris wheel then head back in to town to see some other things. As it turned out, it was awesome and we ended up spending most of the day there.
We had lunch at a fantastic beer garden restaurant at the park. It was ALMOST warm enough to sit outside in the beer garden and lots of people were. We decided to sit inside.
We’re not sure what this means, but it doesn’t make us want to buy one.
Got up today, had breakfast & packed up ready to leave and head to Vienna. But first we had a 10 am appointment at a physio for Blainie & her leg. Long story short – hobbled in to doctors, only able to walk with a limp. Saw doctor. Doctor fixed leg. Good as new. Pretty amazing. Blainie didn’t really believe it would last, but so far, so good. She also got some exercises & vitamins to take home. Lets hope it’s the last we see of this damn leg pain.
Then we got on a train and two and a bit hours later we were in Vienna. After we got our apartment sorted our, we went for a walk through nearby Belverdere Gardens and Palace. Amazing.
At the gardens there was a man with a whistle. If anyone walked off the path or on the grass where they weren’t supposed to, the man would blow this whistle. This is a photo of the man.
Then we walked up to the city centre, had a look at some stuff. Found all the tourists hanging around Stephansdom. Had a curry wurst from a wurst stand. And went to an Italian restaurant with a grumpy waiter for dinner. All in all, a pretty good day. We decided we like Vienna, it’s pretty awesome here.