Sunday, 25 January 2015

Vienna Day 2: The Sightseeing Tour

On the morning of day 2 we rose early despite sleeping through our alarm. We met in the beautiful hotel lobby for a croissant and a coffee before heading to the Spanish Riding School to watch the horses perform their morning exercises. The journey to the Riding School was a scenic one. I've never before experienced a city with such amazing architecture. With its classical vibe, Vienna's beauty is overwhelming and exploring the centre feels like being in your own little fairytale. 
Hotel Lobby
The Spanish Riding School
David making new friends

After the riding school we found the nearest stop to catch the tour bus. The basic tour bus ticket is not only inexpensive but takes you around the Ringstraße; where most attractions are. Jamie and I decided to hop off at the Sigmund Freud Museum first so waved bye to Mary and David for the time being.

Through the peephole of Sigmund Freud's clinic door
The Clinic Waiting Room
In the very place he hung it, you could even look into the mirror that Sigmund Freud would have gazed at his own appearance. 

Afterwards we went searching for a burger and met success finding an adequate burger joint. After filling up we figured out where we were on the map and began exploring again. We passed a The Votive Church and eventually found The House of Parliament which is one of the most magnificently Roman buildings I've ever seen. 
The Votive Church
The House of Parliament
Action Shot!

When we could stop ourselves from gawking at the Parliament building we took a stroll up the Kärntnerstraß looking for a bar. Kärntnerstraß is one of the famous shopping streets in Vienna and by god it's long. There were hundreds of shops; both independent and chain. Jamie fell apart a little when he spotted the Leica shop and ran over to daydream about all the cameras he wouldn't be buying that day. Still searching for a bar, we struggled to find anything that wasn't an Australian Pub or a Cafe Bar. I think we would have settled for a cheesy rock bar but there were none in sight so continued searching. Ten minutes later (and still uninspired by the nearby alcohol establishments) we fell upon St Stephen's Cathedral.

We eventually choose to relax our bar criteria and found a Cafe bar that sat off the busy shopping street for a quick drink and nibble. We chose a table beside the window and ordered some drinks and a Viennese Antipasti which was absolutely not what we expected. It came with calamari, aubergine, full mushrooms, red cabbage and pickled shallots amongst a few other ingredients. I suppose the uncertainty surrounding some of the antipasti left us some space for our dinner a few hours later.
Back at the hotel we freshened up and were ready to take Mary and David to my favourite place 1516 for some award-winning ribs. After the extravagant portions of BBQ ribs had partially digested we finally rolled onto the street and into our hotel rooms.

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