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Austria

Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting the Vienna Wine Gardens

Visiting the Vienna wine gardens, located in the Vienna Woods, can seem daunting to first-time visitors, as the Vienna Woods aren’t exactly central to the tourist path. Thus, many newbies tend to skip them. This is a huge mistake! Much like beer plays an integral part in Munich’s culture, wine plays a major role in Vienna’s culture. In fact, Vienna is the only major metropolitan city in the world to boast 1,700 acres…

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Europe, Travel

What to See in 48 Hours in Vienna

You booked 48 hours in Vienna. Now you need to plan out the rest of your itinerary. There is so much to cover in a city as rich in history as Vienna that the task can be quite daunting. Never fear! I’m here to help. Here’s a list of some of The Wandering Gourmand’s favorite things to do with 48 hours in Vienna. And here’s a list of recommended hotels in Vienna!   Get…

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Craft Beer Travel, Destination Beer Travel Guides, Europe, Travel

A Guide to Craft Beer in Vienna, Austria

I had reached my breaking point when I was in Vienna, Austria. I mean, I liked the local wine, but I had enough. I needed to find beer in Vienna. I missed the breweries, beer halls, and beer gardens that I so much enjoyed in Munich and Salzburg. Surely a city as large as Vienna had a beer scene buried somewhere among its wine taverns, quaint cafés, and imperialist architecture. And no I…

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Europe, Travel

Vienna, Austria – Maybe it was Me

I wanted to like Vienna, Austria.  I really did.  I even fought to place it on our itinerary.  I had heard such great stories about the city.  Mates we met in Thailand raved about it.  They dubbed it the best city to visit in all of Europe.  My Grandma recalled tales from her Grandfather and his childhood in Bratislava.  He went to Vienna whenever he had the chance and even lived there…

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Europe, Spirits, Travel

As Seen on TV – Sporer Salzburg

My Mother-in-Law has developed an obsession with Rick Steves’ anything – televisions shows, guidebooks, Web site, tours, etc.  I’m not quite sure it is necessarily a healthy obsession, but the online library of his videos over at Hulu did help us plan our recent trip to Germany and Austria.  Without Rick Steves, I would have never stumbled into Sporer Salzurg.  Sporer has been producing and selling homemade schnapps since 1903.     I…

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Europe, Travel

Salzburg – Mozart, Sweets, the Sound of Music, and Christmas

I hate the Sound of Music.  I despise it almost as much as Grease.  It’s not that the movie didn’t have a great story – it did.  I just hate musical movies.  They make no sense.  Random song and dance as the Nazis are coming is absurd.  I don’t despise classical music, but I am no afficianado.  I couldn’t tell you the difference between Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven.  They all make great…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

We Drink Wine Spritzers – Don’t Judge

Weinorgal.  A sultry wine bar located off a local side street not far from the heartbeat of Vienna.  But don’t go thinking this is posh joint with leather chairs and fancy artwork.  It’s the kind of place only locals know about.  Where the floors are a strew with sawdust and peanuts.  A haze of smoke loomed under the curved white brick archways of the low hanging ceilings in what was once the…

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Europe, Travel

Voyage to Europe – Getting There is Half the Battle

They say getting there is half the battle. Well, if that’s the case, the ours was one hell of a battle and it better be over. First, my reliable secretary / wife let me down for the first time when it comes to booking travel. She is normally so good with the timing of flights that I am not sure what happened this time. Needless to say, I found out a week…

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