Three Days in Vienna

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you’ll have seen I recently visited Vienna. I was only there for a couple days for work, but I did squeeze in a little sightseeing. 
Eugene is a mate of one of my colleagues and kindly offered us a walking tour of the old downtown part of Vienna. He was very funny and provided insightful knowledge about the city he’s adopted (he was from the UK originally). I particularly like that he runs his walking tours without a license because it’s too expensive and time-consuming to get a proper license and paying the fines are cheaper. It’s an ironic twist that mirrors life that mirrors art.

We started on the bridge overlooking the Danube River. Fun fact I learned is that Vienna legalized street art so there are certain walls that have beautiful graffiti art because of it. One of those walls is along the Danube river.

Vienna has a rich history in the arts, as the home of Mozart and Freud, and a storied past from the Holocaust to their longest-reigning emperor Franz Joseph. Below is the Schönbrunn (meaning “beautiful spring”) Palace, where he lived. Behind the palace is beautiful garden and a spectacular view if you make the hike up the hill.

And if you’re looking for a cheap but delicious bite to eat after sightseeing, check out Schachtelwirt.

Vienna also has a lot of beautiful architecture. I was staying in a hotel around the corner from the Belvedere Museum, which today houses the the world’s largest Klimt collection but was before the home of Prince Eugene of Savoy(1663-1736).

Vienna is a beautiful city to visit, I only wish I had longer to explore it. I’d highly recommend it as a great central European city to see and doable on a long weekend escape. It has a lot of green spaces within the city and is rated as one of the best places to live in the world. The people are very friendly and food was delicious (although I had my fill of schnitzel by the end).

Weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado

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and here are a few tips to help plan for your long weekend escape for snowboarding or skiing adventures.

Honestly, I’d imagine all the ski towns in Colorado are fairly similar. They have a main ski resort that has a charming downtown with restaurants and shops and lifts that are conveniently located nearby. We stayed in a condo/house unit about 10 minutes walk from Breckenridge’s Main Street with all of its restaurants and shops. By staying at a house, we could stock up on supplies at the grocery store and ended up eating some of our breakfasts and dinners at the house. It also had a hot tub on the back porch, which was a great way to relax your muscles after snowboarding or skiing all day.

I’d recommend renting and picking up your rentals (if you rent your equipment) the evening before you plan to hit the slopes to save time in the morning (which is when queues tend to be long). Similarly, you can purchase your lift tickets in advance so can go in the shorter queue for pick-up instead of the longer queue to buy them the day-of. I’m not a pro on the snowboard so two-days was enough for me, but a few of my friends did three day rentals. They also had a generous refund policy if you wanted to buy a weekend pass – as long as we returned our rentals the night before or before 9am the day of we would still get our money back.

Make sure you also pack some Advil as you’re likely take at least 24 hours (though some people say it takes up to 3 days) to adjust to the altitude change. I had a terrible headache the first day I landed, but I drank lots of water, took some Tylenol and went to bed early, and it was gone by the next day. It’s also much colder than East Coast snowboarding/skiing (so if you’re new to the West Coast definitely invest in some good winter layers for the slopes, including helmet and goggles).

We also did a dog sledding tour with Good Times Adventures, which I would highly recommend. The tour itself is about an hour long and costs $90 per person. They take up to groups of six on a tour at a time. One person gets to drive the dog team while another rides in the sleigh. The other four people in the tour ride on a sleigh attached to a snowmobile that goes out in front of the dog team. Everyone gets at least two times to do both driving and riding with the dog sled. The dogs are all Siberian Huskies and are gorgeous. It’s a team of 8 that pulls you and they have all distinctive personalities that you really do get to see on display as they run to keep up with the snowmobile.

I would recommend budgeting about 3 hours for dog sledding as the company will pick you up and drive you into the Pike National Forest where the dog’s run a 6-mile course through the Swan River Valley.

 

Don’t forget to enter the JORD wood watch giveaway for a free $100 E-giftcard before March 19 (all entrants will receive $25 E-giftcard): https://www.woodwatches.com/g/katestylepetite

And Shopbop has an awesome sale until March 5 so happy shopping!

Boston Weekend

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Thanks to my friends for their recommendation, I really enjoyed my weekend in Boston.

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because it is connected to the Hynes Convention Center where my work conference was being hosted. It’s also very convenient because I could avoid wearing my heavy winter coat since the hotel and convention center are connected by the Prudential Mall – no need to step outside in the snowy winter.

Despite the cold temperatures and snow, I could tell how cute and charming Boston would be in the Spring/Summer. If you’re planning a trip, here is the list of restaurants I tried and activities I did.

Places I ate at:

  1. Tatte Bakery & Cafe – great brunch/breakfast stop
  2. Mike & Patty’s – cheap, quick and tasty!
  3. Masa – rated as best brunch in Boston (it was the only one I went to but was good)
  4. Union Oyster House – typical, standard food but is the oldest restaurant in the US so a tourist trap worth going to
  5. Quincy Market – similar to Chelsea Market with less space and food.
  6. The Beehive – great evening spot that also has a live jazz band on the weekends and food was the best I had on my trip.
  7. Orinoco – really good Venezuelan food near Harvard Square
  8. Taiwan Cafe – good soup dumplings
  9. Summer Shack – ate here literally because it was next to my hotel but food was good

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Things I did that can easily fit into a weekend trip to Boston:

  1. Freedom Trail
  2. Harvard Museum of Natural History
  3. Boston Tea Party Museum

 

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3 Tips For Your Iceland Layover

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If you haven’t heard of Wowair – look them up! They offer very affordable flight options to reach Europe with an extended layover in Iceland. My sister, boyfriend and I took visited in 2016, and our round trip airfare was just over $300 for each of us!

We only had three days, which is not long enough to see everything. However, we packed it in a lot. We booked an Airbnb in downtown Reykjavik in walking distance to restaurants and bars and a car from SADcars to drive around the island. We spent one day driving the Golden Circle (the most popular tourist sites), which includes stops at Strokkur geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park rift valley. This drive is doable in one day, but plan to get up early so you have plenty of time to stop and explore at each spot. We also stopped at a lot of random places that we just found interesting along the drive too.

In addition to the Golden Circle, book in advance your trip to the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal hot spring that is a must-do if you’re in Iceland. It is located very close to the airport so good to combine the trip generic adipex reviews from the airport into downtown Reykjavik with a stop at Blue Lagoon. There are a lot of tour companies (if you’re not planning to rent a car) that will take you from the airport to the Blue Lagoon.

Finally, when you’re walking around exploring the charming streets of Reykjavik, make sure you visit the Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran parish church at 73 metres high is among the tallest structures in the country. You can also take the elevator to the top and have an amazing view aerial view of Reykjavik.

And because you are in Iceland, you should try the national dish of Iceland, Kæstur hákarl, which is fermented shark meat. It is absolutely disgusting, but the waiters all know this and will give you just a nibble so you can say you’ve tried it.

So if you have a short weekend layover in Iceland remember to visit the Golden Circle, treat yourself to a spa day at the Blue Lagoon, and take in the panoramic views at the top of the stone church, Hallgrímskirkja.

I really loved Iceland and know you will too. It’s a beautiful country, unlike any other landscape I’ve ever seen. There are hardly any trees with a mostly rocky terrain, flat plateaus instead of mountains, and the people are very friendly.

If you go in the winter (which is considered from September until April in Iceland), there are different things you could do in Iceland. You can take a Superjeep and go out onto the glaciers and see the ice caves. You can also go dog sledding and rent snowmobiles.