We came back in the midst of Napoles Senate hearing & the wrath of Yolanda. But still I’m glad to be back home.
First thing I did was schedule the following:
1. home service for foot spa (which I badly needed. With all the walking I did for more than 2 weeks), manicure & pedicure and hot oil for my hair.
2. dental appointment. I had this 1 tooth that was giving me a problem on my last day in Paris.
3. have my MacBook Air picked up. It arrived from SFO hand carried by my friend Rex Abello. By the way, if you want to have any Apple product fix or any brand let me know. Rex can fix it and can be trusted.
One can only take so much of a vacation. Somehow you get to a point where you want your real life back. You get to a point where you realize this is too much of a good thing, this is not real, this is not what life is all about and you want to go back home. Desperately.
I came to that point.
Yes, Europe is BEAUTIFUL. No doubt about that. But it isn’t home. And while you are there you try to absorb everything. The scenery, the people, the food, the lifestyle, etc. You learn so much, experience so much and it is indeed very enriching.
We landed in Vienna around 3pm with a beautiful sunny weather. My greatest fear as you all know when I was packing was the weather. I was scared it might be too cold for me. So I was so happy that it was just around 15 C.
Hmmm…. all signs were there. It is going to be fun!
I was already itching to go shopping on our second day but since it was our first time in Vienna we had to do the tourist thing. Like visit churches, museums and Palaces.
Our first stop was the Schonbrunn Palace. We were given earphones while we toured the Palace but I wasn’t really listening I was just looking around and couldn’t wait for it to be over and I wanted to get out of there.
All I remember was this was the Palace of the parents of Marie Antoinette the wife of King Louie XVI of France, Holy Roman Emperor Francis 1 and Empress Maria Theresa. And this is where Marie Antoinette grew up.
And the rest that I miss, I will just google it. Lol.
We also visited the biggest church in Vienna St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
One of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen. And very huge. You can go up to the tower and view the whole city. But we didn’t go up anymore cos the line was so long.
And of course para talaga ma todo na ang paging cultured ko, we went to Vienna Opera House.
If you want to know more about Vienna Opera House, just google it cos I don’t know that much also. All I know is that Mozart at one time lived here. In their shop Arcadia they’re selling a lot of souvenirs with Mozart on it. I bought Claudia an apron with a piece written by Mozart. Oh di ba, kung mag bake si Claudia very cultured ang dating.
They have shows like ballet, etc. every night.
We had lunch outside the Opera house. Sorry I don’t have pictures of food. I am not a foodie so I always forget to take pictures.
The whole street where the Opera house was is the shopping area. It’s a very long street and no cars allowed. Everything is here. Sidewalk cafes, restaurants & shops. This is where I belong.
And here are some street scenes around our hotel area.
I think it isn’t surprising anymore that there are a lot of Filipinos in Vienna. Or all over not only in Europe. In the hotel we were staying there were a lot of Filipino staff like Mang Noli. He was in the front desk. It really is an advantage if you know someone especially if you are new to a place. Mang Noli was very accomodating to us.
I promise to come back. It is not very difficult to go around the city cos their Metro is very easy to navigate and convenient. Although most of the people here can’t speak English at least they try to communicate with you in a nice way. Not ma sungit. The weather was nice and the shopping was great!
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