Mulled wine in Wein with Anna

Trip Start May 05, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Friday, November 23, 2012

We arrived at the train station to be greeted by the excited squeals of Anna.  Anna is my little Austrian sister and we hadn't seen her for quite a while. Needless to say, she was as excited to see us as we were to see her.  After a metro ride and short walk we arrived at her student accommodation.  Anna has a lovely (big) room that overlooks the Danube river and shares her flat with two other girls.  They have a shared kitchen and bathroom but no living area. We put our stuff in Anna's room and then had a nice cup of tea before braving the cold and heading out to have a look at the Hapsburg Castle.  It was already pretty dark by this stage so we didn't get a very good look at the castle.  However, there was a monument/gate that is set on the top of the hill that is lit up at night and very pretty- check out the pics. 

We then headed back to Anna's place via the supermarket to get some things for dinner.  Anna has been a vegetarian for a very long time, but she insisted on getting sausages for us- she cooked meat for the very first time for us! After dinner we went for a walk along the Danube. From there we had a nice view looking back over the city. 

The next morning we headed into the centre of Vienna to have a look at the Cathedral.  The outside was mostly covered with scaffolding, but inside it was spectacular.  When the light shines through the stained glass windows it made beautiful colours on the wall.  Very beautiful.  We found a pool bar for lunch and had burgers with a side of "chips".  Chips in Austria are of the potato crisp variety, not quite what we were looking for but tasty all the same!

Anna then took us shopping, it was great to look at clothing and find a) things you like, and b) things that will fit! We then took Vienna's amazing public transport system back to the Hapsburg castle to have a look in daylight, and recreate the pics from last night!  Apparently when Anna took my parents there a couple of months before us, their favourite part had been seeing squirrels in the  park.  This had my hopes up and we were lucky enough to spot two squirrels that hadn't hidden away for winter yet- squirrels are pretty cool! 

We had another lovely dinner at Anna's place (vegetarian this time!) and then Anna invited some friends around because she was making Punsch, a type of mulled wine made from a mix of fruit tea, mulled wine, orange juice and rum.  We had a great night talking with Anna and her friends (their English was all fantastic).

Having gone to bed pretty late we slept in till about 10 the next day, then Anna took us to see her Univeristy faculty and then to the main campus (the oldest university in Europe).  We then had a look at the local government building and the lovely Christmas market out the front, the Parliament building and various other structures on the ring road around the city centre. 

Taking a combination of all the types of trains and buses that Vienna has we went up a hill to have a good look over Vienna.  Unfortunately it was freezing cold so we didn't stay up there long- but it was good to have a look!

Anna decided that she wasn't a good Austrian if she didn't cook us schnitzel so on the way home she set off to find the ingredients.  I was very impressed and the pork schnitzel tasted fantastic.  Not a bad effort at all by a vegetarian! She was so proud of herself that she took photos for her family to see too. A real Austrian indeed!  

We took an early train to Prague the next morning after a sad "see you soon" to Anna- and we were off again.

Big thanks to Anna for most of the Vienna pics! Hers are much better than ours. 
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