Vienna Historic District
Travel comes suddenly. The city hustles us through each spot, each meal, each person. Each moment changes and we are lost in the novelty and craziness infecting our lives in that out-of-the-ordinary spot.
Time brings stillness. We have the luxury to reflect on the place we visited and what we did there. We can erase the rough edges of a place with the lighter golden haze of our memories. Sometimes, I like the after of traveling more than the during .
It is that way with Vienna for me. Neither Patrick nor I were particularly impressed with the city --- it was too old fashioned, too slow, too ancient. It didn't have the energy or the vibe of Budapest or Prague . It was more mundane. We told friends that Vienna was for our parents; Prague was for the young.
But, now, I enjoy reminiscing about the quiet moments we spent walking through the lovely gardens at Schonbrunn Palace , drinking coffee at Viennese coffee houses (more coming on that soon), and admiring the city's 17th century glamour. When we return (for we probably will someday), I'll leave my rose tinted glasses on.