Vienna and Paris

First days of November and December caught us on the road outside of Switzerland; in November we went to Vienna and we celebrated Oana’s birthday there and in the beginning of December we spent an extended weekend in Paris. During both escapades we enjoyed part of the cities that we knew more or less already but also we took full advantage of the gastronomic offer that local cuisine offered us.

Vienna Cafes

Compared with 2005 when we just “smelled” Vienna, this time we spent more time discovering its famous coffee houses. First stop was in Cafe Florianihof, a charming place visited mostly by locals.

Next on the list was the famous Café Sacher, where we enjoyed (what else ?) their speciality: Sachertorte.

Crowded as the previous one, Cafe Demel was another destination with local delicatessen.

We ate the famous Viennese Schnitzel in Figlmüller restaurant, a bit too crowded place for my taste and I hate the fact that people could smoke inside. Apparently Vienna is of the last standing cities without a smoke-ban policy.

The best gastronomic experience was in Kaffehaus Heiner, located in walking distance from Stephansplatz.

Sightseeing

The Imperial Butterfly House was a warm but also nice place to see :)

Hundertwasserhaus reminds me a bit of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.

During our strolls in Vienna’s parks, we enjoyed autumn at its best.

Last but not least I saw one of the greatest illusions coming from a street artist.

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Paris

The city of lights is always nice despite the bad weather :)

Third time in Paris and we stopped again at Léon de Bruxelles for fresh mussels.

My first encounter with a tarte tatin: Love at first sight !

And of course we didn’t miss delicious pancakes. This time in La Crêperie Bretonne, Montparnasse.

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Dec 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Travel
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