It takes about 35 min by car and motorway when Robert is driving – don’t take me wrong he is a brilliant driver. *smile
On Saturday Carol and Robert surprised me with a day in pretty Bratislava, a place I would love to go back too. There is hydrofoil passenger service from Schweden Platz in Vienna to the Old town of Bratislava, Twin City Liner.
Next time I visit Vienna, hopefully next year … I will chose the boat trip along The Danube, it takes 2 hours and it cost this year about €30-35/£24-28/$39.5-46.50/275-321SEK, depending if travel weekdays or weekends.
I fell in love with Bratislava straight away, everyone we talked to talked good English and they accepted Euros, plus that the prices are very tourist friendly.
We just walked around in the Altstadt, the old town – we did loads of window shopping and just enjoyed the busy and very friendly city, the whole old town is pedestrian.
It was Saturday and that means weddings … at least in Bratislava. Don’t know how many brides we saw in total, 6 maybe … don’t have a clue where the grooms were. One bride came running down the street. Maybe runway … or very late for the church. *smile
For lunch we wanted to get away from all “hot under the sun” places and the other tourists and we found a little and pretty bistro (restaurant & bar too), “Le Appetit”, inside a beautiful little alley and courtyard … not one soul except us and it was all in the shade.
For lunch they only served baguettes or toasties, suited us well. We order the most fantastic and delicious lemonades, I had Elder-flower and ginger. Served in a pretty glass jar. Something I only seen on very trendy places before, but never had it served to me. Here we were in Bratislava and being served drinks and food as in any continental city.
I don’t know what I really excepted of Bratislava, but it wasn’t what I got served. I got a lot more.
After lunch we walked again, Carol found her special glue in a lovely craft shop. We had ice cream of course, enjoyed the lively street life everywhere and more weddings.
There was some kind of food festival on the main square – but there was an entrance fee and we were not hungry, there I saw this Executive Chef in action over the grill, he has more medals than a general. There is some stunning and magnificent hotel; very classy, old & new, posh and expensive in Bratislava.
Bratislava has a castle and after a bit of being lost … we found it, but parking space was a problem, so we decided to drive back to Vienna. The castle, Bratislavský hrad, was built during 9th century – 18th century and rebuilt in 1956-1964. Something for the next visit – it lays up on a hill with view of the whole city. Next time.
On the way back to Vienna, Robert took the back roads instead of motorway and we stopped at one of the many wine cellars along the wine yards. Just really small sheds on one side of the road and on the other side the thousands rows of the grape plants. Only a few of the wine cellars was open for drinks and food. Robert told me that the small sheds was just the opening to massive wine cellars under ground.
Carol had a glass of wine, while Robert and I had a big glass of grape juice, lovely – but not really the best drink for Robert’s diabetes, that didn’t pay off very well for him later in the evening.
We had a fantastic day and just perfectly long in the heat. Robert stirred up a fantastic meal for dinner, braised beef.
Just have to show you, their garden shed that they fixed up last year to a pleasure gazebo, or as they call a “sjöstuga” (sea cottage) – they bought the red color for the cottage from Germany, true Faluröd. A red color that can only be mixed in Sweden. Such a cute little cottage sitting there in their beautiful garden, so Swedish!
I wish I had taken photos of the inside too, so very Swedish – mostly in white with touches of blue and yellow. Carol has such fantastic eye for interior design and details.
They have name the cottage to “Styrsö Stugan” – Styrsö is an island outside Gothenburg where Roberty’s daughter and family lives.
And I want to introduce lovely, but very shy “Fluffy” – she is the queen of the house. Everything is on her terms. Good on her. *smile
The photo of the cottage was taken on Monday afternoon when some soft raindrops was falling – it was heavenly … for the lawn, the flowers and me.
“The rain begins with a single drop.”