We are lazy folk, especially in the morning, and today was no different. You might think a couple of Canadians vacationing in Europe might get up and out early to see as much as they can, and lots do, but that’s just not our style.
This is our apartment’s washing machine. We’ve been trying to use it since day one. It’s not a translation problem; I’ve translated all the options and Marcelle has confirmed, so we understand what it’s supposed to be doing.
The main problem, which we needed the landlord to figure out, was that the lint trap inside the machine was full, including several tags from other people’s clothes. All this stuff was keeping it from draining properly, so little safety sensors prevented it from operating.
Once we cleared that, it started working. Sort of. Now it runs and pauses mid-cycle, once on spulen (rinse) and once on schleudern (spin-dry) so far. Once resumed, it does complete and we get clean clothes.
Enough of laundry. Adventure time!
The Vienna state opera house is across the street from our apartment. On our way to the Albertina museum we stopped to do the tourists-snapping-photos thing.
There’s a matching fountain to this one on the other (east) side of the building. They’re turned off for the season.
Today we visited the Albertina museum of impressionist art. You know, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Gignac and others.
We didn’t take any pictures within the museum except this one:
One of the rooms has statues of Apollo’s nine muses. Thalia is the Muse of Comedy. We couldn’t resist.
After visiting the Albertina we met Marcelle at her apartment and went looking for dinner. Unfortunately, there seems to be a large congress (conference) in town and the places we wanted to visit were booked solid.
We found a little pub which seemed nice, but unfortunately Talia was too fussy so we decided to go back to the apartment and order takeout from Akakiko, a sort of Japanese / Thai / Vietnamese (pan-Asian? Asian-fusion?) take-out. They have a really nice online ordering system, complete with order tracking. Delivery was really quick, just 15 minutes after placing the order.
On the way back to the apartment for dinner we stopped to get dessert:
We stopped at Hotel Sacher’s Cafe Sacher, one of the few places you can find original Sachertorte. They were kind enough to put some whipped cream in a box like this one for us. Sachertorte is traditionally served with (unsugared) whipped cream, as (according to Wikipedia) “most Viennese consider the Sachertorte too ‘dry’ to be eaten on its own.” (I like these folk!)
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