I love this month because its my birthday at the end of it and for me March has always been beginning of Spring and end of cold dreary winter. But my main concern lately and terrible realisation has been how awfully tragic my life is without a computer!
It truly is pathetic but I felt my life had come to a complete standstill when my Mac Pro just gave up on me in Vienna; a city I love love. To say my mood was bad is putting it politely. No way on earth should a defunct computer spoil fun filled days in Vienna with opera restaurants meeting up old friends. But wow it sure did. Go figure. I spent at least 2 days trying desperately to fix it with no luck. Anyway enough moaning. I do love Vienna, its majesty its pastries and fantastic street markets. We had decided to stay in the Meriden, not normally the kind of hotel I would choose but surprisingly I was impressed. Newly refurnished with a great ‘you’ bar that I spent every evening after dinner with live music and Irish coffee. Its a great location just across from the Vienna State Opera and all the sites. We had booked a terrace suite but it wasn’t ready so we got given an executive city suite which was big and had a huge bathroom which for me is key. Everything worked though I am sick to death of the grey theme!
In between getting mad at my computer situation I had of course some wonderful Sacher torte at the Sacher Hotel and it really is a must to go and sit in the hotels café, they have several and just eat this famous chocolate cake there with whipped cream. Its touristy , gimmicky but I figure we are visitors. We tend to stick to old favourites in Vienna as there are so many great restaurants but this time we decided to be adventurous and tried an Italian place Sole which was friendly enough but very ordinary food. Loved Saigon Vietnamese food. It just hit all the right button for a spicy relaxed lunch.
But without a doubt our favourite was dining with friends in their local restaurant Gmoa Keller which was truly a great fun evening. Its the kind of place you hope to stumble on but never do. A series of little rooms packed with people. The food is what I call strong honest food. I had the special of the day a hearty fillet with a robust wine sauce and mashed potatoes and it was fantastic for a bone chilling cold evening. Highly recommended. Absolutely loved my make up lesson at Mud makeup design studio. It was a really fun relaxed 2 hours and well worth it.
No stay in Vienna can be called a stay with out a visit to the State Opera. Everything about the evening is magical. We saw La Cenerentola , Cinderella in a very witty kitsch production. Yes that tickets can be ruinous but get the best you can afford as its really worth it. And you must must have their canapés in the intervals they are just so so pretty. Bye till next time when there I slots of travel and exciting places to tell you about.