Vienna, Austria

We arrived to Vienna by train from Salzburg on Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately for us the rain and dreary weather seems to be catching up with us.  On Monday we decided to just take it easy and explore the city but not do too many sites.  The palaces here will just have to wait until next time for me to explore them.  There’s just not enough time in the day.  We were staying at a cool Airbnb called Margarita’s Bird Nest Loft which was designed by the owner and was super cool.  It was about a 20 minute walk from the downtown area of Vienna.

We stopped in to burg.ring1, a coffee house, for breakfast and a much needed caffeine dose.  Vienna is famous for its coffee and its coffeehouses so we thought it was paramount to experience it for ourselves.  It was definitely a cool vibe inside with lights hanging from the ceilings.  Kind of felt like something that belonged in Berlin.  Afterwards we strolled down to a cool housing complex I had heard about called Hundertwasserhaus.  It was built in the 1980s and has this awesome colorful facade and its balconies and roofs are filled, actually more like overflowing, with trees and shrubs.  With weird round edges, vines sprawling on parts of the building, and uneven grounds near the fountains its definitely a one of a kind building!  We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling the downtown.  We visited St. Peter’s Church and St. Stephen’s Cathedral and then stopped in at Cafe Central for an afternoon dessert.  Vanessa and I both had iced Viennese coffees and we shared a Sachertorte (one of the most famous Viennese desserts – chocolate cake with an apricot jam) and a chocolate truffle torte.  It was super indulgent but soooo worth it!  The building was so grand with vaulted ceilings and intricate designs.  All the desserts there were like little pieces of art.  Honestly I wanted to try them all but I didn’t so see I’m getting better.  We call that progress folks.  We finished the day off by walking past the town hall, Parliament, and through a bunch of gardens before finishing the night of at Pho Saigon for a much needed change of cuisine.  It was so nice to have some asian food again!

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