Reumannplatz Station, Vienna July 2014

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We needed to escape and listen to the peaceful sounds of chirps and gurgling streams. w/ katiefielding

They say the third times a charm.  With you, its always a charm.  Your fog, rain, and vikings.  

Those two weeks with you were like a sad romance. You giving, me taking, me trying to give, and then you just crying.  You cried from the skies those last days.   Maybe it was your way of telling me you knew our time was up.  Maybe you know that I need to go to more vivid places with sun for a while.  

So for a while I won’t see you.  Ill think of you fondly, you and those white nights.  You with your cliffs and birds and coves.  

Ill think of you fondly always.  

Getting Soaked (in Art) in Vienna:

I arrived in Vienna one day before I was supposed to meet my friend Emily in Salzburg.  Since Hotel Daniel, was a bit away from most of the Vienna sites Emily and I planned to see when we returned later in the week, I decided to explore was was nearby, as we would be staying at a different hotel upon out return.   

I had heard there was a David LaCapelle show at Ankerbrot, which used to be an old bread factory. The Ankerbrot is a collective of 10 contemporary art galleries which you must visit if even in Vienna. The people working there were also really friendly, which sometimes you don’t experience in a gallery setting.  Even more than the LaCapelle show I went to see, I enjoyed a street art exhibit in a neighboring gallery called Cash, Cans and Candy, its there till September if you get the chance to pop in. 

By the time I am ready to leave the galleries it is raining, and of course I am a 30 minute walk from the hotel at this point without an umbrella or rain jacket.  Its just me, my chambray dress, and my camera.  So I do what any plucky girl should do—and I took to the streets hoping to make it to the metro 4 blocks away without getting to wet.

Ankerbrot seems to be located in what is now immigrant populated muslim neighborhood.  The streets were beautifully tree lined and I walked right down the middle of them taking advantage of their cover.  They sheltered me until I made it to the metro station, where I was able to go two stops to my hotel.  Unfortunately the 2 blocks from the metro to my hotel were no so tree lined and I ended up getting soaked along the way. You forget how fun and carefree it can feel to get soaked by rain because we spend so many precautions preventing it.  Getting soaked by rain in Vienna is bliss.

I dry off in my hotel and eat some soup.  Warm my body as the rain lets up.  

After lunch I head to 21er Haus, one of Vienna’s contemporary art museums just 2 blocks from my hotel.  Really great collection here, and the buildings design is lovely to boot.  I loved seeing the Olafur Eliasson photos of Iceland having just been there, as well as the way the gift shop was organized by color.  

Next time your in Vienna don’t be afraid to get a little wet.  

 

“Im almost ready to write about you.”

Today we took the trial marked blue. With emcalaryphotography

My friends know I love the Ace Hotel whenever I am in NYC.  I found its kin in Austria at Hotel Daniel.  Similar hip aesthetic.  I got a huge room, and was able to check in at 11 am when I arrived in Vienna which was very nice for this weary traveler. 

My friend Emily that I was traveling with has coeliac disease, so finding interesting places that are safe for us to eat requires a little research ahead of time. It was really interesting to both of us that it was easier to find menus with clearly labeled allergens listed in Slovakia then it was in Austria.  At most of the restaurants we found in Bratislava,  each menu had a number code which noted the allergens found in the dish. The code even seems the same across all restaurants, a 1 listed by the dish meant gluten was in the dish. This saved Emily a lot of grief in picking a meal. 

One of the lovely restaurants we ate at was Mercado.  Located in a new mall just outside from the Old Town area, it was a lovely place to eat along the Danube.  

We really got into the “lemondade” offerings that were at all the restaurants throughout the city.  Most often the lemonades were lemon with muddled mint or ginger, but at this place we had a rhubarb and grapefruit lemonade.  Everyone in Bratislava seemed to drink these during the day over beer or wine.  So refreshing. 

The food at this place was also great. My dishes were asian influenced, but there were also farm to table style dishes, and more traditional Slovakian dishes too.  

If you are staying in Bratislava for more than a day and are able to get out of the Old Town area, this place is a must (only about 4 blocks south from the famous Blue Church).

Review: Bergsson Mathús

One of the best meals I had in Reykjavik this trip was at Bergsson Mathús. Its seems like each day there is a choice of two meats and a veggie option.  When I went you could get roasted chicken, or fish.  Of course being in Iceland I had to choose fish, and I am so glad I did.  All together the lunch and chocolate croissant came in at about 26 dollars.  Not a cheap lunch—but again doing a bigger meal mid-day always saves over going out for a more expensive dinner. 

This was also the first place that I got an ample serving of fresh veggies; there was a salad, some roasted squash, peppers, and apples, a carrot slaw, and some roasted potatoes.  The fish was really fresh—and the bread, oh the bread might have been the best part of the meal.