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On arrival in London on 5th September, we drove from London Heathrow to Gatwick and spent a night in this cosy little Bed and Breakfast, Southbourne Guest House in Horley near Gatwick.
As we had to leave for the airport very early next morning, we were told to help ourselves to the continental breakfast provided ...... waffle, bread, muffins, cheese, various types of jam, ham, cereal, fruits etc. The owner of this B and B was very accommodating and this place is very clean and neat. I'll certainly recommend it to people who are travelling to Gatwick.
Upon touching down in Vienna, flight was less than 2 hours, we had to retime our watches ..... Vienna is an hour ahead of London, so it's 6 hours behind Malaysia. We took a taxi and checked in our hotel ..... Pension Liechtenstein.... (Pension is German for Hotel). Oh, the first thing that caught my eye was that there were many, many Mercedes taxis in Vienna!
Without wasting much time, we took our maps and off we went, exploring. This is Hofburg Palace. A towering building overlooking Burggarten Park which serves as the emperor's palace. Highlights of visiting the historic landmark include the Imperial Apartment, Sisi museum and the Imperial Silver Collection. We didn't join those conducted tours, instead we explored on our own.
This is another part of the Hofburg Palace........ which is a very huge place for you to explore.
The Hofburg Palace from another angle, access from the Volksgarten (Folks Park)
Entrance to the Sisi museum. 'Sisi' is the Empress of Austria and spouse of Francis Joseph I and from an early age she was called 'Sisi' by her family and close friends.
Tired from all the walking, we retired to this Hotel Sacher to have our first taste of Viennese pastry. Oh, you can see cafes everywhere. Cafes offer some of the finest pastries in Vienna and a coffee and a pastry is a time honoured tradition of many of the Viennese. Newspapers are provided and the guest at the cafe is expected to take his or her time, talking or just relaxing and observing as the world goes by.
Cafe Mozart is located inside the Hotel Sacher and here we just sat and relaxed to rest our weary feet over some fine pastries and coffee.
We ordered some of their many mouthwatering Austrian cakes and pastries.
Their signature Sachertorte chocolate cake @ 4.40 Euro ........ simply yummy!
Apricot streudel with ice cream, also @ 4.40 Euro.
Paper thin Apfelstrudel with apple, sultanas and cinnamon and vanilla ice cream, @ 4.40 Euro.
TurkischerCafe ~ Turkish Coffee @ 5.50 Euro
Rotbusch Tee ~ Rooibos Classic Rooitea @ 4.60 Euro.
Dip this stick of sugar into the tea and mmm ........ so refreshing!
Do you want to see more pictures? If you do, stay tuned ........