It was lightly snowing and loads colder than I had thought so I headed straight for the hostel upon arriving. I stayed at my MOjO vie for three nights, and it was seriously the nicest hostel I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. I mean, look!
The Opera was amazing. I stood in line a couple of hours before Fidelio started one evening, and after paying just 3 euro I was in! If you're interested in doing this, check out the blog Likely Impossibilities. Amazing resource! Anyway, most tourists left after 30-40 minutes of the show, so I had a lot of room up in the gallerie, as well as a screen with subtitles (in English!) in sight. It was an incredible show, and I cried. Don't miss it.
|Asked someone to take my photo, hooray!|
|Waiting to get into the galerie|
|My snowiest day, at the Belvedere|
I also made my way out to Schönbrunn on my one and only sunny day. The palace was nice, but I honestly liked Versailles and the Palacio Real in Madrid much better. The gardens and the Gloriette were really pretty though, even in the snow and general dead of winter.
|Coffee and strudel break at the Gloriette|
I also went to the Naschmarkt for lunch, a street market stretching for several blocks with fresh food and loads of restaurants. I picked a general Asian place that was pretty packed and had the best bento box in recent memory.
|8 euro for all this. Yum!|
I really liked Vienna, but I think overall I prefer Budapest. I felt really overwhelmed in Vienna with just three days. There are so many museums!! It was also pretty expensive, especially after having just been in Budapest. But the food and the coffee house culture were amazing.
Cheers to you grandpa. I love you!
|Last time I talked to him, on his 89th birthday!|
|Laughing about something or other! This past Christmas.|