Cakes, Palaces and the Genteel Life

Cakes are in mouth-watering abundance in the cafes here. The origin of the famous Sachertorte is claimed by 2 coffee places: The cafe in the Hotel Sacher (which claims to ship all over the world) and the nearby Cafe Demel. The latter is not attached to any hotel and thus easier to infiltrate. Another plus-point: The cakes that are on display are visually pornographic.

coffee and cake menu

But pleasure can be found in other things: in the length of hair, or in the sheer largeness of a building.

The pleasure garden is found in Schoenbrunn Palace, beautifully symmetrical in accordance with the Enlightenment beliefs. Swarming with tourists sweating in the mid-day heat, I think the only pristine thing that really remains is the Schlosspark. Home to the Emperor Franz Josef and his royal wife Elisabeth alias Sisi (known to spend hours a day coiffing her ankle-length hair), Schoenbrunn’s rococo interior bowls me over with its excess.

The Blue Danube

Many guests at the hostel are using Austria as a springboard to travel to the rest of Eastern Europe – Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava (a mere 2-hour train ride away). The weather is hot, hot, hot, but at least the humidity is down. There is of course, the hazard of having the hostel lying just behind […]

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