Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Vienna - A city that I will always love

Viewing Vienna from the airplane, I saw that it is a flat land, containing wide roads, a lot of parks and outspread houses. I liked that there weren’t any skyscrapers, except from the place where the ~ 2.500 offices of UNESCO are.

Gigantic Wheel
After arriving at the airport and claiming our luggage, we had a short tour of the city, while reaching the Delta hotel. During that tour we saw a lot of buildings and sights, including the gigantic wheel in Prater. I wish I had the time to have a round in that wheel and admire the view. From what Nikos, our travel guide told us­­, each round lasts 15-20 minutes and costs 8.5 euro approximately.

Close to Stephan’s Plaza
When we arrived at the hotel the sun had set and we had some free time to get some rest. Some people stayed at the hotel, but my boyfriend (Lefteris) and I wanted to explore the center of Vienna, so we took the underground and went to the Schwedenpl station. Using the underground was very easy and I had the feeling that I had been there before and knew exactly where I wanted to go. So, we started walking towards the Stephan’s Plaza. The weather was quite cold, but we were in excellent mood - so, we made a stop at a patisserie called ZANONI & ZANONI. We ordered a profiterole and an apple strudel. They were the most tasteful sweets I had ever eaten in my life. It is true what it is said about Vienna’s sweets, they are delicious, without having much sugar. Regarding their price, if we were ordering these sweets in Greece we would easily pay ~15 euro, but in Vienna they only cost 6 euro.

The day before we arrived to Vienna, was New Year’s Day and we expected its center to be ornate festive. That was exactly how it was. There were happy faces everywhere, tourists wandered in the streets, the lights brightened the night and Lefteris and I were walking in this beautiful city, holding each others hand. A picture I will always remember!

Time past and we returned to the hotel. Speaking of that, Delta hotel is a clean and very good hotel. The view we had, wasn’t anything special, but we had everything we needed. After getting ready for the dinner, we met the others from the group. The dinner was at a beer house and we tasted the traditional Vienna’s schnitzel. Also, the water I had was tap water, coming straight from the Alps and was very refreshing. Our first night in Vienna ended smoothly, with a nice nap.

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