never a dull moment
19.04.2014 - 23.04.2014
The last time we were in Vienna we walked everywhere and the city seemed huge.... looking back we didn't cover very much ground. This trip I have an electric bike and I have seen a completely different side of the city. There are bike lanes everywhere and even bike traffic signals. It's a two wheelers paradise.
The main purpose of my ebike is not for sight seeing but I am doing business development for Grin Technologies, a Vancouver based E-bike component manufacture. Each day I set out to find new potential customers and to date my trip has been fruitful with some positive connections with a company called Elektrobiker who manufacture ebikes right here in Vienna. But enough about work..... this is supposed to be a vacation, and that it is. Chloe scored us the most amazing location in the center of the city literally blocks from all of the craziest museums. A couple of days ago we stumbled across an the coolest collection of armor from 1400-1800. Jousting outfits, knight's full kit with horse's armor as well. Unreal! Check it out:
And even a suit for Zadie when she can finally stand:
The inside of the museum, again spacious, made of beautiful marble arches and columns, decorated with paintings. This palace cum museum was built for Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne at the turn of the century, the one whose assassination in Sarejevo triggered WWI.
This week we visited an amusement park called the Pratter, no admission fee so we were free to roam the grounds. I can only imagine what it looked like at night...
The huge ferris wheel is over 100 years old and the cars were the size of school buses. We didn't have a chance to ride it because Zadie was requesting that we take her home but it was a cool ride none the less.
The best thing about this place wasn't the rides but the fact that it was totally dialed in for kids. Check out this restaurant where we has a coffee. They has a 'Quiet Snuggle' spot where we laid Zadie down and she could stretch out and roll around, one of her favorite pass times these days.
Along with serving great coffees and beers, they also sold baby food... baby food and beer, together at last. Only in Europe.
Contrast this with an experience we had in Victoria where the server asked us to leave a pub at lunch time because we had a 3 week old baby with us. All we wanted was a sandwich. Things are good here in Vienna. It's our kind of place.
On Easter, some friends invited us over to their house along the Danube for lunch. It turned out they were treating us to BBQ, something of a rarity here in Austria. The dude Anes is a master on the grill, serving 5 different types of meat, vegetables, and potatoes. My favorite was the whole rainbow trout. We were definitely impressed.
Today we want to Lainzer Tiergarten, a huge park that used to be the imperial hunting grounds for the Hapsburgs. It was a super sunny day and we trekked through the woods, birds all around. We even saw a family of wild boar rooting around in the woods.
Chloe was at home among the massive trees.
And I liked seeing how big of a city Vienna is.
Next up, heading to Salzburg for the weekend, Austrian nine-pin bowling with some 60-70 year olds for a birthday party in Wels, then back to Vienna for a couple more days before we head to Ljubljiana, Slovenia. The adventure continues.