Day 2 in Vienna we woke up to a clear, but freezing day. Was grateful that there was no drizzle so off we went to the Moet Bar & Restaurant in the hotel after a lovely long lie in and had some breakfast.
All I had on the brain was coffee so I ordered a cappuccino and I like to think that there is a foamy heart in the cup. Let’s just pretend there is.
Breakfast was so good and after a satisfying meal, we ventured out to find the stop for the Hop on Hop off bus tour. We had done our maths to compare the costs of going to the sites individually or with this tour service and it worked out cheaper at 69 Euros each for a 2 day pass which included entrance to the main places we wanted to visit. So off we went!
Our first stop was Schonbrunn palace and gardens. It is a former imperial residence and has an amazing 1,441 rooms and is a Baroque Palace. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but we did take loads of the areas outside as they were magnificent.
The food blogger in me got attracted to these “props” which to a normal person is dinnerware. Just loved the colours an the designs on them. Amit wasn’t falling for my “I need this” so I left without a bowl or a plate. Boo.
We finally made it to the Zoo after walking around mesmerized with the grounds of the palace and this is when my excitement kicked in. I love animal and so was super excited to see Giant Pandas for the first time. I also saw Koala bears but didn’t manage to get a clear picture to share with you.
Pictured below is a super cute polar bear. He was really hungry as the polar bear in the neighbouring part had just been fed and so he was going a little crazy. I guess he felt left out and impatient. It didn’t stop me taking a selfie with him.
Now this dude was seriously hilarious as he climbed out of the water and straight on to the weighing scale. Now he was huge and he looked like he stared at his own weight, made a huge sigh and dived back in the water. One can only presume he thought he should lose a few pounds.
Literally all the two of them did was eat leaves in opposite parts of a room. A tad bit anti-social with each other but nevertheless super cute. I want a panda bear!
After lots of waking we had built up an appetite plus it was super cold. We tried Langos, which is actually a Hungarian specialty and which is a deep fried flat bread. This tasted so good as it was smothered with garlic.
After devouring a langos each we carried on visiting all the animals in the zoo. I was calling out to the Cheetah and it looked at me. They are harmless. Well I believe they are as when I saw them on safari they jumped on the car an were purring away.
Next up was this noisy lot. Pink flamingos who reminded me of home too. They were really loud not sure what was going on but they sounded like they were having a massive argument. Pretty birds nevertheless.
We saw this gorgeous gorgeous tiger but it was sound asleep. It looks so peaceful doesn’t it?
I had to share this video of the panda.
We saw lots more animals but I am not going to bore you with more stories about them. After leaving the zoo, and purchasing a 3 Euro mood ring which has brought great fun, we stumbled across a Lindt shop. Mostly because we went the wrong way. Sometimes it is good to get a little lost!
We filled a pick and mix bag with lots of different Lindt varieties that we haven’t seen in London. We ended up with 600 grams of chocolate. Better eat half (we are so eating our way through it all as per picture below).
It was a lovely day and I was glad I could tick of seeing Giant Pandas off my bucket list, surprisingly in Europe.
Tomorrow is another busy day sight seeing. Hope you enjoyed reading about my day xx