Four friends traveling in Eastern Europe pretending to be young college students. Our self-imposed rules:
- only public transportation will be used
- we stay in small, local hotels, pensions,
- one backpack apiece is our only luggage
- eat local traditional food only
- a guide is hired in each city for a 1/2 day walking tour of history, architecture, culture, food, music
Despite flight delays and travel complications we all arrive in Vienna safely
Sunday - a train to 11th Century Melk Abbey and a boat cruise down the beautiful Blue Danube.
Our return to Vienna - a 3hr cruise down the Danube, past lovely river towns and vineyards. Rain begins to fall.
Landing in Krems an der Donau, we walk to our restaurant - unfortunately not open, so we find another one. We are wishing for a bottle of Sri Racha.......
Saturday - the Naschmarkt (farmers market), the Emperors Palace, Cafe Sacher (home of the famous Sacher Torte) and a Heuriger (country wine-garden restaurant)
In the afternoon we took a bus trip to the Weiner Wald (Vienna Woods) in the hills above Vienna and dinner at Weingut Heuriger Dr. Mueller-Schmidt in the village of Grinzig. (Heurigen are small family-owned wine garden restaurants clustered around the outskirts of the town), Our best meal in Vienna -big slices of crispy roast pork, homemade wine and homemade side dishes, eaten outdoors in their lovely garden. On the bus ride home, we all fell into a pork coma!