Hello! Welcome to the second of four of my travel related blog posts, where I’ll be sharing some photos and experiences of my trip to Austria and England over the Holiday period. If you read the post of my first week here in Austria, you will have noticed that A LOT was packed into our first week here. This week’s post will be a shorter and less ‘excitement filled’, as it was Christmas this week most of the time was spent eating food, spending time with family and then recovering from the multiple food comas. However in saying that there are still some lovely things that I want to share with you that I did and saw.
Here in Austria, it’s tradition to do majority of the festive celebrations on Christmas Eve – in fact most of the emphasis of the Holidays is put on the night before Christmas. I kicked off the celebrations with a batch of Christmas punch – a drink similar to that of mulled wine or cider. I heated the drink on the stove and added in some orange slices, cinnamon sticks and clove for some extra festive touches. We all enjoyed multiple glasses of this warm drink as the night went on.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent having a lovely Christmas dinner – including schnitzels and salads. Dinner was then followed with more drinks, Austrian biscuits prepared by my Oma and present opening. The trip alone was everyone’s main present, although small gifts were exchanged to add a little excitement to the night. As well as present opening to Christmas carols, a couple of classic festive movies were also enjoyed while we were all filled to the brim with food.
Christmas Day was a slow start for the whole family, we all had a bit of a sleep in and then decided to wander around Vienna again – despite basically everything being closed. I was able to go up to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and got super up close to the stunning tiled roof, and saw a killer view over the city. After a relaxed start to the day, we made our way back to the apartment where my Oma had been preparing another Christmas dinner, this one was roast pork with traditional Austrian dumplings, and some left overs from the night before of course.
The days following included a couple more family affairs, catching up with relatives I hadn’t seen in a long time and eating yet more Christmas dinners. Unlike Australia where most aussies will battle through overcrowded shopping centres to score some bargains in the sales, here in Vienna Boxing Day (known as St. Stephen’s Day) is more a day of rest. Nothing is open other than the odd cafe and cinema, the streets are fairly empty and the city is peaceful. However when the shops did open up the day following, we and many, many others purchased some goodies in the end of year sales.
THE LAST HURRAH
After a few lovely days of quality family time we decided to go out with a bang on our last night in Vienna. I went for dinner with some of my extended Austrian family at Skopik & Lohn, an amazing restaurant in the second district – they make a killer negroni and their chocolate tart was to die for. Our dinner ended up turning into a night on the town, with a cocktail stop at The Botanical Garden which I can strongly recommend for any other fellow gin lovers out there.
As the night went on, and more drinks were consumed we found ourselves in a discotheque in Vienna. We spent a few hours in the smoke filled underground old school club dancing to Madonna and The Cranberries. Our final stop before saying goodnight to Vienna was to one of the many infamous wiener stands, where we drunkenly indulged in some sausages. Safe to say that it was a memorable night and I’m so happy I was able to spend it with some wonderful people.
VIENNA > LONDON
This travel blog marks the end of my time in Vienna, as I write these final thoughts from my new bed in the U.K. I cannot wait to share more amazing adventures and sites over the next couple of weeks. It was so magical visiting the city where half of my family is from, I feel much closer to my culture after being there and am left feeling positive for what is to come. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break, and the New year is a great one for all.
Much Love, Ebony xo
**All photographs in this post were taken and edited by myself**