#lteuropa bucket list takedown: salzburg & hallstatt

There’s no question: our #LTeuropa reunion of love went way, way too fast. This is why, with only a few days left in our Viennese apartment, we made an executive decision regarding the bucket list: We would visit Salzburg and Hallstatt in one day. Though we had originally planned to dedicate two days to daytrips outside of the city, we just enjoyed the slow-paced process of eating and drinking our way through Vienna far too much. This meant that we were running out of time before our departure for Prague, and needed to consolidate. After briefly researching car rentals (i.e. making the hubs call Hertz and fumble through a very awkward “sprechen du deutsch?” situation),…

View Post

#lteuropa bucket list takedown: wine country

We had high hopes for Vienna’s wine country. However, on the day we decided to tackle this bucket list item, it was cold and rainy, like most of the days we spent in Vienna. In spite of the gray skies, we bundled up (read: bought sweatshirts en route and wore sneakers because they were the warmest footwear option we had) and made our way from the Inner Stadt to Kahlenberg, a mountain located in the 19th district of Vienna that’s speckled with small vineyards along its hills. Turns out, touring Vienna’s vineyards really does work better on a day that it’s not downpouring. So, instead of a leisurely afternoon stroll through the vineyard hills, we…

View Post

style spotter: empress sisi

Whilst in Vienna, we began to fancy ourselves empresses. You see, after our quick city tour with Marieta on our strudel-making day, we vowed we would return to the Imperial Apartments of the Imperial Palace during our time in Vienna. The Palace was absolutely gorgeous from the outside, and the signage for the Sisi Museum had us intrigued. As soon as we entered the exhibit, our suspicions were confirmed: we are descendants of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. (Ok, so full disclosure: the wino spent most of seventh grade trying to convince both herself and the romantic she was a Romanav, so, you know. This sort of thing isn’t out of the norm for us.) However,…

View Post

#lteuropa bucket list takedown: bottoms up

We’re as shocked as you are that it took us this long to address one of our best bucket list items: throw back at a pint at a traditional Viennese beer hall. What’s less shocking? We checkity check check checked this one almost immediately. And then again. Many times over: Naturally, it was also a learning experience. And so, here is how you do beer in Vienna: Cheers of choice // A hearty “PROST!” complete with eye contact all the way through your first sip. Should you ignore this important rule of imbibing in Austria, you will be cursed with seven years of bad sex. Most popular beer in Vienna // Ottakringer, the only urban brewery left in…

View Post

radisson blu carlton: a tale of two rooms

With only one night in Bratislava, we wanted to make sure our hotel selection was top notch. We went back and forth on whether we should just hightail it to Vienna, but we figured we’d poke around and see if we could find a good place to crash. It didn’t take much research to find the Radisson Blu Carlton, and it took even less time to become completely charmed with the idea of staying there. Central location, reasonably priced, with a facade that looked like this: Photo courtesy of the Radisson Blu Carlton Here’s the catch: from the minute we stepped in to the Radisson lobby, our experiences were… very different. Part One: The Wino…

View Post