So here it is, the last leg of our road trip from the very West of Austria to the very East! After another train ride – 2.5 hours – we finally arrived in Vienna. I was psyched to show Nina around my home turf and have her stay with me, since everything is quite literally accessible within a nice walk from my apartment. I´m not kidding, just ask her!
We got to do a good bunch of shopping (Nina even got a Dirndl!), I cooked up some pasta at home and we watched Under The Tuscan Sun, the second evening since it was pouring non-stop.
I must admit, that I wasn´t very happy with the way Vienna presented itself. Our time here together was rainy and foggy and cloudy non-stop. I know the photos can attest to that, but believe me, we DO see the sun from time to time over here :)
The only longer subway ride we had to take was to visit Schönbrunn Palace. We enjoyed a little tour (with tons of other tourists) inside the palace and got to see the amazingly luxurious rooms, all the gold and details and color-dedicated rooms. It´s been a while since I toured the palace, as a local I feel you don´t really get to do those things.
Braving the weather, we walked around the palace gardens afterwards and then went quickly back to the city for a snack and another long walk around the old Jewish area in the 2nd district of Vienna. Prior to her trip, Nina was eager to find out more about her ancestors and even discovered her great-great-grandfather Wilhelm immigrated from Austria. So yes, we´re basically related :)
We found two addresses where he used to live in the 1880s and the buildings still exist to this day, so we walked there and felt very much like being part of the show Who Do You Think You Are?
That night we went to Esterházy Keller (yes, also within walking distance from my flat) for Wiener Schnitzel, potato salad and young Austrian wine. We enjoyed the rustic vibe of the place and the traditional musicians and were both sad that she had to leave already in less than 24 hours…
For her last morning in town, I organized a girls brunch at Motto am Fluss where we enjoyed breakfast sandwiches, homemade nutella, lox for lil sis as usual and waxy eggs. It was a delight and soon I took her to the train station, we hugged goodbye and she was on her way back home to Chicago. I was very happy we got to experience this adventure together but also teary-eyed it went by so fast. I truly wish we could do the road trip all over again and have more time and better weather (!) in Vienna.
— Totally unrelated but important to note is, how ridiculously huge my arm looks in that photo! I feel like King of Queens´ Carrie who complained about her unproportional looking arm in that gifted painting. Do you remember it? —
So what do you think? Would you have been up for a road trip like that?