A weekend with “Greek” friends

As all of you know (and the ones who don’t click here) while on vacation in Ios with my friends Pat and C we met a group of Americans/Brazilians and had a fun day/night with them. Now one of the girls just lives around the corner, in Milan to be precise, and she came to see us last weekend.

We started the evening at Mari’s 25h Hotel which had the advantage of a great location, great food and an amazing rooftop bar.050The perfect spot to begin especially with this theme. After dinner we moved up to the rooftop to enjoy the view and a drink before moving on to another party. While taking the elevator up we tried our hand on a group selfie. I like these ones best since we all made it on the picture in one way or another.007010
The car ride to the party was thankfully uneventful but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. The picture is just from the back row.001The party then turned out to be a mad house. It’s always astonishing how small Vienna is and who knows whom and whom you meet when you least expect it.

Since Mari hadn’t any breakfast booked we had free rein on taking her to our favorite spots. Nothing beats a Saturday morning breakfast at the Naschmarkt Deli. And the weather god was with us as well since it didn’t rain.015
After boosting our system with a hearty breakfast we made our way into town for a small sightseeing tour. Meet the bunny in front of the opera house and then take a look inside the Hotel Sacher.

From the Sacher we walked through the Burggarten,042

passed the Hofburg and ended up in front of the Demel. Here we took a closer look at the open kitchen and the various deserts.022023

And one more, just for Fay and Robert.025
Mari ended up buying Christmas cookies and not this little boot stuffer for Saint Nicholas.029030
When we reached the Meinl am Graben I suggested a short pit stop to refuel.031034
After a walk on the Graben and passing St. Stephen’s Cathedral046

we finally reached the destination for the afternoon. Café Diglas at Fleischmarkt is small and homely and has amazing cakes (and it was Fay and Robert who told me about this place first) And this is what we had.048

After the sugar shock it was time to go home, relax and recharge the batteries for the rest of the evening. We had another night around town planned and for this we needed to dress up. We met for dinner at the Plachutta Oper which was ok. It was good but far from great and sometimes I think it is more for tourists.
Never mind from there we moved on to Roberto’s for a quick drink which turned out to be bit longer. In the end we left the place to go home instead to another party location.055057

So it was great that the next day we met only at 11am for breakfast. Gave all of us a chance to catch up on sleep and revive our “doused” spirits. We tried a relatively new place called Kussmaul (I will have an extra post on this one).070
After breakfast it was already time to say goodbye for some of us since C had to go back the office while we girls were off to Schönbrunn. It was a gorgeous day with sunshine and blue sky, perfect weather for a stroll on the castle grounds. 081083084076086087092094102105

And then we had to go back already to the hotel. One last coffee at Lieblingsflohmarkt which was held at 25h Hotel that day and then outside to wait for the airport cab. Which took its time, and its time, and its time. Actually it never arrived but another airport cab was waiting for its passenger, so Mari got lucky and could take that one. Our goodbyes were a bit more stressed than we had hoped, nevertheless Mari reached the airport on time and made her flight. I had to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on the couch, exhausted from sightseeing and partying. In the end what matter is that we had a great time. Which definitely calls for a repeat performance.
Yours, Pollybert


The smell of spring

Saturday started with a grey morning and soft rain. While I rushed to get ready, I thought about what to wear as an outer jacket. Grey sky always means cold. Which turned out not to be true. With the two jackets (leather jacket, inner shell) I ended up walking out the door, I was definitely sweating. But what hit me more than the unexpected warmth was the fragrance in the air. Spring definitely has its own smell and from time to time when I passed some flowers on the way to my first coffee of the day I just stopped and smelled the air.001 005

Lilac especially has such a heady fragrance, I just love it. I had to stop on my way to and back for a little sniff. The rest of Saturday was spent mostly in bed, listening to the rain drops falling and enjoying my new book. It’s so frightening that I prefer to read it during the day. Hasn’t happened to me in a long, long time that I put a book away at night because I think I might not be able to sleep.  Also haven’t spent a whole day in bed just to loll about (except out of necessity on the day after…), what a great way to pass a day!

That evening I was invited for dinner and no one cooks better than Mr. Fritz. His lovely hostesses were more into the lounge concept while we other guests stayed at the table. As usual when the food is amazing I have no pictures, but you know that by now.006

The perfect Sunday was spent outdoors, the weather was amazingly warm and pleasant. After an interesting breakfast at Ulrich (again no pics which says it all) I spent exactly 20 minutes at home and then headed for the Burggarten. The time spent there was super entertaining (besides getting a bit of a tan). People watching is one of my favorite past-times (when I am not reading) and in this park you can find a good mix of all of Vienna. Bring you blanket, sit back and relax.
Yours, Pollybert