From Bratislava, we took a boat up the Danube into Vienna, which was a fantastic way to travel – although I’d recommend you take a packed lunch, as the on-board food is terrible and overpriced.
Unfortunately, I spent most of our time in Vienna with my head down the loo, and as such, I don’t have the fondest memories of our time there. The sights of Vienna are quite spread out, and instead of walking between them like we normally would, we chose instead to do a bus tour which turned out to be great (and if you buy your ticket after 3pm, it’s still valid for the entire next day!). The highlight for me was visiting the beautiful Belvedere Palace and seeing one of my favourite paintings, Gustav Klimt‘s “The Kiss”…and eating sweet, juicy peaches on the front steps after visiting the amenities a number of times.
We also visited Schönbrunn Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral, both of which were breathtaking. We’d considered attending an opera – we were in Vienna, after all! – but decided against it given my current state of well-being.
From Vienna, it was on to the Czech Republic; first stop: Brno. Well. We made the mistake of asking the lady at the train station to book our accommodation, and ended up staying in the dodgiest halfway house, in a shoebox-sized room with no air conditioning and a 30degC night. Brno was simply a stop-over for us, but we did spend the afternoon wandering around, visiting interesting-looking buildings that we had no ideas about.
From Brno, we took the train to Prague, the chocolate-box city we had high expectations of. It was postcard-perfect in its beauty, and every street seemed to be home to a fascinating museum, church, artwork or historic monument.
We strolled up to the castle, which I found a bit disappointing, but the views over Prague are amazing, and it is interesting to wander the grounds.
We found one of the famous outdoor bars, where you find a patch of dog-poo-free grass on which to drink your beer while looking out over the city. We crossed the Charles Bridge and enjoyed wandering in the Wallenstein Gardens, and had fun spotting all the crazy art works dotting the city.
We stumbled upon a lovely little riverside restaurant (we were pretty good at this!), where Tall’s dessert was the most breathtaking and delicious concoction we have ever seen. A chocolate collar around a perfectly cooked fondant hid a white chocolate creamy-custard, fresh berries, and chocolate truffles….my morning sickness suddenly abated when I laid eyes on this unbelievable treat, and it tasted every bit as good as it looked. I just wish I could remember the name of the restaurant, so I could tell you to go there!
~ Stay tuned for Part Three! ~