Secret Vienna: The World of Literature in the Past and the Present

After the long Easter holidays, I am back in our beautiful Vienna and what better way to spend my free time than to go exploring. Once again I tagged along for an amazing tour around our beloved Vienna with Secret Vienna. Those of you who have been following my blog, already know that I have been on several tours with Secret Vienna, all of which have shown me an unknown side of the city and have blown my mind to how much is hidden around Vienna that I am still not aware of.

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Jamie’s Italian (Vienna)

Recently, a friend was visiting me and since she has been living in Vienna previously for a long time, it was not our goal to go sightseeing and dine at all the touristy places. However, one recently opened restaurant grabbed our attention. It has been some time since Jamie Oliver opened a place in Vienna, but I have never got to trying it out, so this was the perfect opportunity to go and see what this is all about.

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Planning a trip! (Part 2)

If you already read the post from last week, you know what I think about buying tickets and finding a suitable accommodation. Well, today I present to you the follow-up article about packing, sightseeing and basically all the fun things you do on a trip.

 

Sightseeing 

If you are like me, you are someone who likes to see as much as possible when on a holiday. For me it is actually not a real holiday, but more or less a trip of running, hiking and doing everything suggested by any tour guide, forum or blog I have read. Needless to say, this is not always manageable due to weather conditions and my companions, but most of the time I go back home quite content and if there is something that I missed doing I tell myself: “Next time! You have to have a reason to come back here”.

First thing I do when I figure out where I am going is checking TripAdvisor. It has become an instinct of  mine to go online and look the top destinations and sights to see. Of course since TripAdvisor has this huge audience of people submitting reviews and scores online daily, you are kept up to date with everything that is worth doing when you are somewhere.

Travel Guides

I also have this old-fashioned side of mine that involves buying a tour guide. This is one of the most thrilling things to do when going on a holiday apart from the holiday itself. I particularly love the tour guides by DK Eyewitnes and I have used them for many destinations. As any other travel guide they include information about different districts and interesting places to visit within this area. However, some of the features that I love about these travel guides are unique. To start off, they offer a sliced view of the most famous buildings in the city/ country and in this way you can see how the building is arranged with all of its corridors, floors and entrances. I particularly love this detailed view, since most tour guides will give you a picture from the outside (so you orientate yourself better) and if you are lucky you will get a shot from the inside as well. Although, that is very nice, it can barely give you a realistic idea what to expect when you go in and although it is always nice to be surprised about things, I like to know what to look for when I go somewhere.

Another cool part that is included in these travel guides is the ‘Survival Guide’ section. Here you are being guided through the means of transport, you are provided with visuals of the tickets for the subway and tram, and also you get to see pictures of the local currency. And wait – that is not all of it! You get a few pages on local cuisine as well as the specific foods and drinks, typical for your destination. I always appreciate the country’s culture and I try to ‘dine like the locals’ as much as I can when I am somewhere new, so this information is extremely important to me.

Of course, there are so many more cool stuff inside these guides, but I will let it to you to find them out for yourself. I am sure you can find the brand in most of the bigger bookstores and they are offered in several languages but for sure English and German are available here in Austria.

Instagram

Huh? How come Instagram has anything to do with planning my trip? Very simple – it helps you to get to know where you are going. I love small bakeries, cute streets off the beaten track and cozy cafés where the locals go and have a chit-chat on the weekends. Well, unfortunately this information is neither on TripAdvisor nor in my travel guide, but I have realized that some of the most successful instagrammers that post regularly pictures from their basis-location are actually giving away all the hints about the cool places that are definitely ‘in’. Therefore, whenever I see something that looks really cool (say a street, fountain or a corner) on my feed, I just added to my collection so I can revisit it and plan on going at that very same place, without having to look it up again.

Walks

If you have been with me for a while, you know I am the ultimate rambler. That’s more than obvious by my photo-walks in Vienna and I love exploring cities by walking around. There is one downfall to that – I am a bit of a sloth. I am definitely not a sporty type and after walking for three or four hours straight, I already feel the need to sit down and have a break. Another problem with walks is that you are depending on the mercy of the weather and if it is a rainy afternoon, public transport is definitely unavoidable. Yet, if I can give you one advise that would be: Walk as much as possible. Your feet will hurt, you will feel tired and you may even get wet if the weather is not on your side, but what you will remember from a trip like this, would be the spirit of the city, the streets and the atmosphere. You definitely cannot experience the same thing in the underground and hiking from one museum to another, give yourself time to explore the place you are and fully submerge yourself within it.

I hope you found this article helpful and I wish you safe travels wherever you are going, Enjoy!

Max & Benito (or the guys who brought Mexico to Vienna)

My experience with Mexican food goes as far as nachos with chicken fillet that I had once at Santos ages ago and as you can imagine lack experience. Few weeks ago, one of my very best friends called me up for lunch and she was going on and on, on the phone about this ‘great Mexican place’. I was a bit skeptical (typical me), but I really wanted to try it out and since me and my friend have similar tastes, I was not so worried about the food at all.

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Wonder (2017)

Back in the day when I was still in high school I heard about the book by R. J. Palacio ‘Wonder’. Since I was (and still am) I huge book worm I immediately bought the book and read it over the course of a few days. I remember how emotional I got, while reading page after page and not because it was a sad book, but because it was so heartfelt and represented in such a genuine way the feelings of that little boy.

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Planning a trip! (Part 1)

The February holiday is coming up and I guess most of you will treat themselves to a little trip somewhere. I am sure that you already have planned and organized trips before but today I am going to share my experience and little tips how to make your travels stress-free. From tickets, accommodation and places to visit, there are just so many things to think about.

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My favorite products for 2017

Last year was very busy and I didn’t realize how it flew by, a lot has happened and a lot has changed. Still, some new beauty favorites kept my good spirits in 2017 and I wanted to make a post about it and share it with you guys.

Garnier Biphase Micellar Water

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I think that almost every beauty guru has raved about this cleansing micellar water and there is a reason why. Since I’ve tried it, I think I went through three bottles at least and there is nothing like this product to take my mascara off. I normally use it for my eye makeup, but if I am too lazy to wash my face, it works just fine for removing foundation and lipstick as well. Read more

Café Telegraph

I have been meaning to write a post about this café for a long time now, but you know how it is when you have a lot to do and you always say okay I’ll do it next week and next week becomes next month and so on and so forth. Now, I have finally found the time to sit down and tell you all about this interesting place that offers more than meets the eye and surprises with great food and atmosphere.

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