Vienna, a city of luxurious lifestyles and opulent architecture. My first trip to this city was four years ago and I couldn't help but fall in love, so it's no surprise that I immediately said yes to the chance to return; this time to meet up with a close friend from work, Carleigh. It was Vienna that we chose as our starting location for a two and a half week trip together. Each time you re-visit a city it changes just a little bit, an aspect of travel I absolutely adore. For my second time in Vienna, I got to explore the slower side of the Viennese experience; cafes and vineyards.
Just outside the city center of Vienna is a small town called Grinzing. It's here that acres of vineyards adorn the mountainside and enjoy an unobstructed view of Vienna. This little town has a huge draw for two wine and cheese lovers like Carleigh and myself. We spent a morning walking through the never-ending vineyards, farms, and back roads. Although many of the tasting gardens weren't open at the time, we didn't leave without stopping at a local heuriger (wine tavern) in town to try the white wine. At €1.8 a glass, you can't go wrong with the local vineyard grape, especially when combined with some goat cheese and Brie. If you're willing to leave Vienna for a day, Grinzing is the place to be.
Although our time in Vienna was relatively short, Carleigh and I made the most of it by walking the city and taking advantage of all it had to offer. After a trip to the Belvedere and gardens, we went cafe hopping to enjoy a meal in courses. Starting with coffee, tea and kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake with powdered sugar) we worked our way to white wine and caprese. Cafes in Europe were created for people to relax with a drink and watch The world around them, something we took full advantage of. After an unhurried afternoon and very full from what seemed like endless snacking, we grabbed our bags and boarded a train bound for Budapest. I wasn't worried about saying goodbye to the Vienna, I think another visit to the city is in my future.