An unexpected opportunity presented itself and we grabbed it to head out to Prague and Vienna for a week. The timing was perfect to celebrate both Christmas and Jaunine’s birthday in one fell swoop and we intended to make the best of it. The fact that we had to move from a very warm climate (despite it being winter) to cold winter did not distract us – in fact, it added even more excitement to it.
Mention Vienna, and music immediately jumps to mind. We therefore just had to arrange attending a Strauss and Mozart concert while there. Fortunately the internet makes arrangements like this quite easy, and with all arranged we were ready to roll!
First stop was Prague which we reached at midnight after a six hour flight from Abu Dhabi.
Needless to say that our first day was chilly to say the least, and we were welcomed with overcast and below freezing point weather – no problem!
We had a full day and evening to explore Prague and we made the most of it despite the cold weather.
After spending a mere two nights and a day in Prague it was time to head out to Vienna, which was a very pleasant 4-hour train ride away. That gave us the opportunity to see some snow in the Czech countryside.
Jaunine shot the following three images through the window of our train that was trundling along at up to
160 km/h !
The weather in Vienna was no better than in Prague, meaning it was overcast, cold, with the occasional spell of rain. It felt like a normal winter day back home in Cape Town and it was certainly not going to hold us back. We had tremendous fun in Vienna!
Everything was not about snow, we also had a birthday to celebrate. That we did in style when we discovered a lovely champagne bar 🙂
There was also much to see in the city :
Vienna being synonym with the waltz, we (meaning I) just had to see Strauss’s monument.
And then there were the Christmas markets – many of them. We managed to visit a few and sampled some excellent wurst and glühwein.
Our newly discovered champagne bar also served as an excellent place for our Christmas lunch!
All too soon our time in Vienna came to an end and we headed back to Prague for our last day.
Our week passed all too quickly but we had such a good time that we hope to return again to these wonderful cities.