Auf Wiedersehen

The Princess & the Pea My final order of business in Austria was to acquire some of Demel’s famous candied violets.  The favourite confection of Austria’s darling Empress Elisabeth herself.  An ethereal desert, made of actual violets and enjoyed on top of ice cream, or cakes.  While they don’t really compare to the candy we have available today, they do offer a unique taste and transport one back to the time of the Habsburg Monarchy. Were Barbie to host a brunch in Vienna surely it would be at Aida Café-Konditorei.  In the square across from St. Stephen’s Cathedral sits this very feminine café,…

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Hotel Sacher

Home of Vienna’s famous chocolate cake, the Sacher Hotel is an iconic building in Vienna’s city centre.  This is where I had the pleasure of staying for my final night in Austria.  The stunning hotel, is right next to Vienna’s opera house, I’m certainly going to stay here again when I attend Vienna’s annual Opera Ball in the future. Adorning one of the walls of the Sacher are some tablecloths bearing the embroidered signatures of famous patrons.  A tradition still alive today, which was begun by Anna Sacher, who would embroider the cloth herself over the signatures.  The hotel has a…

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The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

 Mozart’s Almond Milk The Salzach, Salzburg’s river separates the old town from the new town.  Named for the salt, once Salzburg’s primary export, which was transported down the river’s high current from the alps located south of the town.  The new town is primarily a residential area, while old town boasts the majority of shopping and restaurants.  Perched above the old town is Salzburg’s old forte, Hohensalzburg.  One can opt to scale the hill, or alternatively take a quick tram up the side of the hill, built on a steep diagonal incline.  The forte houses old artifacts from the castle, as well as a marionette…

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Salzburg: Café Tomaselli & Biergarten

I was very excited to begin my first full day in Salzburg at the aforementioned, in my previous post, Café Tomaselli.  Not only is Tomaselli a piece of Austria’s history, but it is also a picturesque coffee shop and the ideal spot for breakfast/brunch in Salzburg.  We were lucky enough to grab a spot on the balcony overlooking Salzburg’s main square, perfect for people watching. I had the Viennese breakfast: two rolls of bread, jam and coffee.  There was also a woman who would come around ever so often with confections and cakes, so we purchased a cake off her…

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Hallstatt & Mozart

I awoke on my third day in Austria to this stunning view of the lake and mountains of Hallstatt, the little village which looks to have been plucked directly from a storybook fairytale.  Breakfast was enjoyed on the porch of the Heritage Hotel, with a magnificent view.  I had the sweetest mason jar filled with fruit salad (meal prep inspiration)!  The morning was spent with a second walk around the village, this time with the shops open. In one shop window I spotted a collection of ornate carousels and couldn’t leave without one.  As there were many to chose from, I…

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