Vienna and its surroundings
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We took a night train from Venice to Vienna and after a not too comfortable but not too bad night in a seated accommodation car arrived at Wien Westbahnhof to be met by Mom's wonderful friend with a bunch of fragrant hot bread in one hand and her little sweet daughter in another. She drove us to their recently bought house where I finally got the chance to enjoy my meal! I love German-Austrian breakfasts - all those yummy Brötchen, Wurst & Käse are really hard to resist. Partly due to my escalated hunger but mostly for the reason that we hadn't seen each other for two years and had a lot to talk about, the breakfast was a long and a very special one.
My mother and Elizabeth met in Vladivostok 7 or 8 years ago when Elizabeth and her husband-to-be came over there to make a radio program about the city and my Mom (who is the head of German Language Chair at the university and an incredibly generous personality) helped them along.
It is funny that I have never felt like a pure tourist in Vienna, more like a guest so I don't know what are the must-see sites there and if I have seen most of them or not. I never bothered to know as we were guided by a local and she chose where we should go. It was my second and Mom's third time in Vienna so we just took a walk in the center to refresh our memories and enjoy the majesty of this beautiful city, had a piece of cake and a coffee in the elegant Demel Café, bought some gifts and came back to a hearty evening at home.
Our second day was devoted to Vienna surroundings - we drove to Baden and again I was amazed at how neat and lovely small German towns are (oh well I know that there is a hugggge difference between Germany and Austria but I can’t help myself when both lands melt into one beautiful image in my mind). A relaxed quiet walk around the town was rounded up with expedition to an ice-cream café where I enjoyed my favorite Yogurt Eisbecher - an incredibly big and delicious ice-cream topped with fresh berries, fruits and yogurt balancing the sweet taste with a bit of sourness. Masters of Ice-Cream they are :)
Then we took a long drive through the Vienna woods to the Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) Abbey. Wienerwald is amazingly picturesque! I was totally captivated with the view outside the car window - thick lush forest embracing both sides of the road and green hills in the distant view.