Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gatwick, England ~ Vienna, Austria - I

A very big thank you to all of you who have continued to visit my blog.  Yes, I'm back and I would like to share with you pictures of my recent trip to Austria and Wales.  So, please follow me ............



On arrival in London on 5th September, we drove from London Heathrow to Gatwick and spent a night in this cosy little Bed and Breakfast, Southbourne Guest House in Horley near Gatwick.





As we had to leave for the airport very early next morning, we were told to help ourselves to the continental breakfast provided ...... waffle, bread, muffins, cheese, various types of jam, ham, cereal, fruits etc.  The owner of this B and B was very accommodating and this place is very clean and neat.  I'll certainly recommend it to people who are travelling to Gatwick.



Upon touching down in Vienna, flight was less than 2 hours, we had to retime our watches ..... Vienna is an hour ahead of London, so it's 6 hours behind Malaysia. We took a taxi and checked in our hotel ..... Pension Liechtenstein.... (Pension is German for Hotel).  Oh, the first thing that caught my eye was that there were many, many Mercedes taxis in Vienna!



Without wasting much time, we took our maps and off we went, exploring.  This is  Hofburg Palace,  a towering building overlooking Burggarten Park which serves as the emperor's palace.  Highlights of visiting the historic landmark include the Imperial Apartment, Sisi museum and the Imperial Silver Collection.  We didn't join those conducted tours, instead we explored on our own.



This is another part of the Hofburg Palace........ which is a very huge place for you to explore.



The Hofburg Palace from another angle, access from the Volksgarten (Folks Park)



Entrance to the Sisi museum.  'Sisi' is the Empress of Austria and spouse of Francis Joseph I and from an early age she was called 'Sisi' by her family and close friends.



Tired from all the walking, we retired to this Hotel Sacher to have our first taste of Viennese pastry.  Oh, you can see cafes everywhere.  Cafes offer some of the finest pastries in Vienna and a coffee and a pastry is a time honoured tradition of many of the Viennese.  Newspapers are provided and the guest at the cafe is expected to take his or  her time, talking or just relaxing and observing as the world goes by.



Cafe Mozart is located inside the Hotel Sacher and here we just sat and relaxed to rest our weary feet over some fine pastries and coffee.



We ordered some of their many mouthwatering Austrian cakes and pastries.


Their signature Sachertorte chocolate cake @  4.40 Euro ........ simply yummy!



Apricot streudel with ice cream, also @ 4.40 Euro.



Paper thin Apfelstrudel with apple, sultanas and cinnamon and vanilla ice cream, @ 4.40 Euro.



TurkischerCafe ~ Turkish Coffee  @ 5.50 Euro


Rotbusch Tee ~ Rooibos Classic Rooitea @ 4.60 Euro.


Dip this stick of sugar into the tea and mmm ........ so refreshing!


Do you want to see more pictures?  If you do, stay tuned ........

12 comments:

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  1. Cheah! Those are lovely pictures and the bakes are definitely my favorite :)

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  2. Looks like you had a great trip!
    Apfelstrudel looks super!

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  3. Wow..love the cakes and pastries...mmmm I am sure you love the pastries and streudel looks so good. I want to go also :p

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  4. Yeah, I'm with Elin! I love those desserts. Btw, that's all you ate? hahaha.... Love that streudel. Yummm....
    Kristy

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  5. Wish I could sample some of the delicious looking pastries and cakes! Beautiful photos!

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  6. the streudel looks too good! how nice if we can just sit there the whole day enjoying the food, looking at people, forget everything and appreciate the moments..

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  7. The pastries! Oh my, but I'd like to be there too!

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  8. Welcome home! Can't wait to see the rest of your holiday photos! :)

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  9. Cheah, this was a free and easy trip but not follow to tour right? Wish I can visit this place one day.

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  10. Anncoo
    Pastries and cafes are everywhere, some much cheaper than those from Cafe Mozart.

    Angie
    Yes I had a great holiday. So many varieties of pastries.

    Elin
    I like the Sachertorte, had some from other cafes, also good and much cheaper.

    Kristy
    That was tea, had other fruit drinks too. Come to think of it, we had pizza for lunch that day.

    Jeannie
    Thanks. Need to ponder which pastry to choose as we only agak2 the description, as they were all in German, also must look at the price too!!

    lena
    Yes, sip coffee and enjoy the pastries and just relax, but all too soon it had to end!!

    SweetsSuccessBaking
    Yes, go to Austria for a holiday, you'd love it!

    3 hungry tummies
    Thanks. Lots more comming!

    Sonia
    Yes, it was a free and easy trip, not so hectic and we can choose where we want to go and to stay how long. I'm sure you can go there too one day.

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