On one of our walking tours around Vienna last summer, we chanced upon a cafe that our guide told us is still the classic Viennese Cafe, with all the trappings. Cafe Hofburg is located around the Hofburg Palace area. It was a warm day and we were eager for some refreshments.
Upon entering the cafe, we could see how many things are still done the way they were from way back when. This establishment is really old-fashioned in many ways. There is the line-up of various newspapers, neatly displayed, with magazines stacked in as orderly a fashion as Captain Von Trapp would have wanted it. (Oops, wasn’t he from Salzburg in the story?) What? No e-readers or iPads to lend?
The display case showcasing their sweet bests was enough to make all of our eyes to pop wide open and our mouths to water!
And so, we just had to pause, sip some coffee or tea. Order a few of those pastries. My hubby and I opted for the apple strudel (apfelstrudel). Was it as good as it looked. You betcha!
Whenever we travel, we always go by “do as the Romans do.” It has its advantages in a lot of ways. First of all, it’s fun to try new things. More importantly, when we walk their streets, eat their food, travel with them in their trains or buses, speak a few phrases in their language, we get a sense of communing with them, that goes way beyond what a Fodors or a Michelin book can provide you. All these contribute to a different understanding of their culture and way of life. What’s more it might be the start of some friendships too.
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