Thursday, January 05, 2006

Vienna Part 2 B

So! Where was I? Ah yes.

After having had some of those wonderful sandwiches, we carried on walking through the streets and small alleys of Vienna and came to a really nice passage called the Palais Ferstel with all these small shops, and at the end, I was told, you could rent a ballroom, f.e. for weddings. Pinki and Andrea were invited to one and they were absolutely flabbergasted! I was even more amazed when I discovered... Look what I found: A totally lost Expat!

After that we made our way - zig-zagging through the small streets - towards the Hofburg again, then through the Heldenplatz and reached the Maria-Therisien Platz. To our right and left, there were two identical buildings made of sandstone: The Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Art History. Breathtaking! The only thing differenciating them from the exterior were the statues on top. We walked on the the Museumquartier. Now if you want to see different and controversy in architecture, you've gotta go there! They actually "dumped" an white and anthracite grey block on each side of a classical building. But I'll let you read the details from Wikipedia.

By that time, we needed a break and a drink, so Andrea lead us to a bar that had just opened and we had a drink (or two) at the lutz. Nice by/cafe, but a little slow in serving a simple Irish coffee for Orange-X. Oh well, he got an extra glass of champagne for the long wait - free of charge- that I ended up drinking... But who's complaining!???!

I swore to myself that I'd keep this one short. For goodness sake, it was just a few hours. Tssk!

Anyway, we took the train to Pinki's house, had a drink and then left for probably the sweetest, warmest local restaurant I had ever been to called the Kost & Bar. The lighting was cozy and inviting, the service was very pleasant, the menu card Italian dishes) was kept quite short, but still offers a good variety of dishes and the food was excellent. They had quite an impressive wine card, many of them being Austrian wines. Of course, Embers joined us and stayed quietly under the table or then stuck his nose up after dinner to socialize a little. For those of you who don't know,Austrian drink more wine that beer, unlike their German neighbors, so believe me, they know what good wine is. We were pretty tired after those ??-kilometers of walking and just relaxed.

More to come this weekend.


The Big Finn said...

Any pictures from Wien of Orange-X?

CanadianSwiss said...

I've had trouble uploading pictures on the blog (ever had that problem?) I'll try to upload them again tonight.

The Big Finn said...

Hey! I'm visitor #100 to your blog. Do I win something?

CanadianSwiss said...

Last time I was on there, the count was 87 or so. Did you log in and out until you hit 100? ;-) Okay, you win a nice cold beer next time we see you!

The Big Finn said...

I have to admit that I was #99, and the I logged in again. Behole ich immer noch ein bier?
I have to say that the picture that you took in the ceiling mirror receives my vote as the "Best Picture of 2006" - although the year is young. Great picture, and, so far, a great blog!

The Big Finn said...

Sorry...I meant:
Bekomme ich immer noch ein bier?
Remember...mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut!

CanadianSwiss said...

You get the extra 1 point for being honest. Okay, Du bekommst Dein Bier. Hope to see the Big Finns soon.

Expat Traveler said...

Such a cute picture of the both of you. I like it a lot!

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks. It's one of our favorites, too.