I (yet again) have a new favorite country! After leaving Rome, I met up with my mom in Vienna, Austria. Vienna is the most beautiful city, in part because of how clean it is, and I was so impressed by how small it felt despite the huge buildings surrounding us the whole time. When I say city, I mean like large industrialized city. Even though Vienna is a “big city,” it’s relatively small in comparison to Rome or Paris or London, and thankfully it is easily walk-able.
After we arrived at the hotel, we went to dinner and planned out the next day of walking around and seeing the museums. On Saturday, we went to the palace in downtown, and then went to the Belvedere museum, which had incredible paintings from every century and the most beautiful gardens. We wandered through downtown more, since we didn’t really know what was outside of downtown, and got organic gelato to top off the day. The weather was perfect and even a little hot so walking around was enjoyable. The next day, we went to the Schonbrunn palace just outside of town and watched the strudel show, where they showed us how to make traditional apfelstrudel. Yes, we got the recipe. After, we saw one more museum and then went on a night tour where we went for a ride in the famous Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel and drank Austrian wine while listening to a live accordion and viola play.
On Monday, we caught the early train to Salzburg, Austria (the city in Sound of Music), and I must say that I finally understand the movie. No wonder the hills were alive with the sound of music, the hills are RIGHT THERE next to the city and totally rolling and beautiful. We walked though the town and had some of the best food in the world, then went on a salt mine and sound of music tour the next day. The short time I had in Salzburg was the best of the entire two-week trip, and you can be your bottom dollar that I’ll be back there soon to explore more of the surrounding small towns close to it. I can easily say that Austria might be my favorite country, so I guess I’ll have to learn German before my next trip to Europe!
Life is an adventure, so keep exploring it!