My time in Vienna draws to a close. I wait for my next adventure to begin, two weeks in England, enjoying the tastes of my childhood. But, as I sit here in the airport lounge, I find myself waxing nostalgic about the last two weeks.
Impressions of Vienna
Beauty. Art. Culture. History. Coffee. Sacher Torte. Apricots. Music.
One of the best parts of travel is collecting memories. Living pictures in my mind I can visit at will. I am still overwhelmed by the beauty and elegance of this city. For me, others may disagree, but I think Vienna surpasses other European cities. Yes, even Paris. Vienna has a reserved grace and elegance not seen in many places; it’s cleaner and less hectic than Amsterdam or London. (Don’t get me wrong; I love both of those places too!)
It is my humble opinion that you can tell a lot about people and places by the cuisine, and attitudes toward eating. In the US we tend to think about expediency – get me from point A to point B as fast and efficient as possible. Often in Europe the journey is the experience, not the destination. When you sit in a coffee-house in Vienna you know you have stepped into a new world. The coffee is brought to you on a silver tray, with a small glass of water and a spoon on top of the water. Thoughtful. There is never a rush, you can stay as long as you like. Refined. Genteel. Food here is an experience, a way to share the culture and influences from hundreds of years.
Schnitzel to Strudel
These are two classic examples of Austrian food, and I exited the plane two weeks ago intent on eating as much of both as possible. I am happy to report, that I have possibly eaten my own body weight in strudel, and I’ve had schnitzel at least four times. So, all in all, mission accomplished. Figlmuller, how I miss you already, and Demel…. oh Demel, you had me at “Sacher Torte”
I will miss Austria with its beautiful mountains and lakes, the friendly people, and the food. My time here draws to a close, but I know I will be back (much like you know who I’ll be baaack).
On to England
As I said in my last post, the next week will mostly be family time. The likelihood of a new post is rather low – but you never know, perhaps I will blog about scones and cream or a really good curry dish.