Thursday, November 29, 2012

Europe Details

After the photo dump of my last post, I wanted to give a breakdown of the trip and elaborate on a few highlights. We had never been to Vienna before but we did have some idea of what to expect and Prague is where we were engaged, two years ago, so it was really nice to be back in that city around the time of our one year wedding anniversary.

Logistically, this is how it went down: we flew from Boston to Vienna with a connection in London. We spent Sunday through Wednesday exploring Vienna and on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) we took a train from Vienna into Prague. The train ride was about 4.5 hours long and we got a good look at the countryside of Austria and Czech Republic. We had 43 hours to revisit Prague and we were on our way to the Prague airport to head home via London, again.

Click the links listed below to read more about these highlights.

eat //
kasespatzle - my new favorite dish. I'm on a mission to recreate this at home.
glühwein & krapfen
apfelstrudel - we at this almost every day, sometimes twice
Grüner Veltliner

see //
Schönbrunn Palace - worth the trek to see the Gloriette building
Central Cemetary - Beethoven is buried here!
cafe culture - just a few we visited include, Cafe Central, Cafe Griensteidl & Zanoni Garda
Jugendstil architecture - the whole city is just dripping in art nouveau loveliness
Christkindlmarkt - at Rathausplatz, if this doesn't make you warm and fuzzy inside, nothing will.

eat //
Maitrea - one of the best meals I've eaten in a very long time. We ate here both nights!
trdelnik - cinnamon-sugar goodness
street meat - there are stands everywhere selling fresh cooked sausages and meats, I go for the fried cheese.

see //
Old Town Square / Astronomical Clock - it's worth hanging around to see the commotion every hour
Charles Bridge
Love Locks - you can buy a lock at most of the tabak shops in town to add your own to the masses.
Dancing House - buy a drink at the bar downstairs and they'll let you up to the rooftop terrace. The view is spectacular!
Prague Castle - this is my favorite building of all time.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DESTINATION: Europe 2012

We are back from our Europe vacation and as usual, we had a blast! We started in Vienna, Austria and ended in Prague, Czech Republic for two days before we headed home.

Be sure to check out my Flickr page for the full set of photos. Also, you can see a map of where we went in Vienna, here and where we went in Prague, here.
Chevron tiles on the Stephansdom
Karlsplatz Train Station designed by Otto Wagner
Gloriette @ Schonbrunn Palace
Kasespatzle aka Cheesy Goodness
Glühwein and a bauernkropfn!
Giant schnitzel! @ Figlmuller
The famed chocolate cake @ Hotel Sacher
Prague Castle
Love Locks
The Dancing House by Frank Ghery
On the rooftop terrace @ the Dancing House
My beloved trdelnik.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Recap

It's the first day of November so I figured I'd give a little recap for October's adventures. It flew by, but not without a bit of excitement. Follow along...
We celebrated my sister's birthday with a fondue party complete with French-themed decorations.
 We carved pumpkins way too early in the month but we were glad to enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds. Sweet & spicy seeds were my favorite!
 We missed a week for the farm share so we stopped at the farmer's market and found purple cauliflower!
 I've lost track of how many times I've made butternut squash soup. It's my favorite and it's super easy.
Hurricane Sandy made a visit and meant that I got an extra day with the cats.
 These are no Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. We had time on our hands waiting for the storm to pass, so we made croissant for the first time. They were delicious and made me long for France.
In travel news, we are visiting Vienna, Austria in a few weeks! We are very excited to be in Europe this time of year and we'll be making a quick stop back to Prague, Czech Republic where we were engaged two years ago. Europe is so wonderful in the winter and I can't wait to stroll through the cobblestone streets, drinking mulled wine and eating sweet pastries.
One the homefront, quite literally, we have been house hunting! It's very
exciting but quite overwhelming also. We may have found the one, so we're
keeping our fingers crossed!