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.


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