Monday, July 18, 2016

Vienna (Austria, not VA)

Budapest - Vienna - Salzburg

Part 2: Vienna

So my Budapest post was practically completed back when I remembered everything I did; this is the first fresh post, nicely removed from March 2015, so forgive my old lady memory.

The day after Budapest, our bus left nice and early to Vienna, Austria. I remember it took us unusually long to check into our hostel, so we had plenty of time to explore. We quickly came across the bar, boasting jägerbombs galore, and this necessary sign I will be putting up everywhere I go:

oh those Europeans
 The late morning was spent in a wonderful Austrian market,

I mean, I get it

featuring a large variety of olives I apparently thought was perfect for a picture (I do love olives though),

and this delicious sausage called Käsekrainer!!!

get on this level, America

Our trip to the market was followed by the typical walking tour through the city.

but ya gotta love the architecture

same old, same old 

Remember when I was talking about St. Stephen's, and to wait for the Vienna post? Here is St. Stephen's Cathedral, not to be confused with Budapest's Basilica:

just as glamorous, if not more

okay, definitely more

I actually stayed for Mass, which was in English!! :D :D :D (a rare, rare happening)

Those strange cube towers have prayer requests on them, I believe.
still better than a hostel bed

gotta love those icons

We happened across another Holy Trinity column (scary how similar Budapest and Vienna are - am I writing the same post again?) which is actually called the Plague Column, erected during the Great Plague epidemic in the 1700s.

prettier than Budapest's?
What Budapest doesn't have, however, was the Spanish Riding School, aka HORSES!

hay there

artsy, I know

another blurry walking photo ;(
even the weather is the same as Budapest OKAY IM OBSESSED WITH BUDAPEST WE GET IT

now an actual walking photo ;)
 Here is the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the former imperial residence,

and the Vienna Parliament Building, I believe (thanks, Google Image Search!)

alright, but you sense the cities' similarities, right

On a more exciting note, you can't visit Vienna without trying the famous Viennese Sachertorte at a renowned cafe!
said renowned cafe

said Viennese Sachertorte <3

said coffee

 But what really is cake without coffee?

Funny enough, we went shopping in Forever 21, about as Viennese as you can get, but where I got this great coat and a swimsuit I always wear!

really, this is just proof I was there

Our evening in Vienna was spent at a, not the, Vienna Opera House, where we listened to a delightful symphony, accompanied by ballet!

the small orchestra

and the beautiful ballet!

where's her other leg?

oh, and us drabby Americans fresh off the street

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