|I love this city. I think I'd love it more if I spoke German. The coffee is the most amazing I've ever had in my entire life. I've finally learned how to order it in German. The only bad thing is that it's cold outside, but I think that's what I get for coming to Austria in the fall.
As far as first days in a new city/country go, I think today was rather successful. We ate an amazing breakfast, got dressed, and walked out of the hotel. It was then that I realized that I needed to do some quick scarf/glove shopping. Thank goodness for the H&M in City Center. We walked and walked and walked and walked before we realized that we were NOT where we wanted to be. Thankfully (as I've learned from traveling with Scott) I know that getting lost in a strange city is not usually a bad thing. We viewed the beautiful architecture, walked the streets, took pictures, and tried not to look too much like American tourists.
We FINALLY found our way to the MQ (MuseumsQuartier) after two hours of walking. We decided to take a walk around the Kunsthistorisches Museum. We started with a brief snack (two hours of walking in the cold makes you hungry) and coffee before going off to see some art.
The museum has a strange set up making its difficult to see everything since you have to veer out of rooms to make it into other rooms and then somehow figure out how to get BACK to the room you were in before - but I think Keith and I did a pretty good job. We saw paintings of heads on plates, huge paintings and the sketches that they were before the artist painted them, a room full of heads, mummies, ancient Roman jewelry (which was really cool) and, best of all, Viennese exit signs. I'll post a picture of those just as soon as I can, but they honestly look like a man sprinting toward a door yelling "GET OUT NOW! WHILE YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE!"
Overall the museum was wonderful. Post-Kunsthistorisches Museum we wandered over to the Neue Burg, which is where my company will be hosting our Gala dinner at in May. We didn't' go in, because we have a private tour set up for Wednesday, but we took some pictures from the outside. It's beautiful and the area surrounding it is amazing as well. I think that the event we're planning will be even more spectacular than I initially realized after having seen the location in person.
After all of that, we caught the U-4 back to the hotel where it was time for a nap; which is my second favorite part of Vienna. We finally woke up and decided it was dinner time and headed for a local restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. We had wonderful food with a wonderful dessert and made our way back to the hotel.
On to the hotel bar! The bar here was the first American bar in Vienna and remains a popular bar with live music every night. I started to wonder what kind of fantastic bar it was though when they started playing "happy birthday" to no one in particular. Oh well, the wine was good :) I've actually seen Keith drink more in this one day (a beer a dinner, a few sips of my wine, and a few sips of my Kir Royale when I wasn't looking) than I have in my entire life....well, when in Rome (or Vienna, as the place may be)....
So now I'm downstairs (about to start) studying and Keith is upstairs reading and it's well after midnight in Vienna. Tomorrow we'll visit St. Stephan's Cathedral among other things, I'm sure, and you will all get a long update then, as well (hopefully with pictures).
So, until then, goodnight!