Posts Tagged ‘market’

Eating in Vienna

About 98.7% of my vacation expenses went towards food.

Although I don’t have the photos to prove it, I regret nothing.

The food in Vienna was great.

By far, the best eating experience was had at the most unlikely of places, a Pakistani pay as you wish all you can eat restaurant.

Der Wiener Deewan

I could go on and on about this place. I found it through unlike.net, the travel website I told you about here. It was the first place we ate and probably my favorite.

Any place that provides delicious, flavorful, vegetarian food and trusts the customers to pay appropriately is awesome in my books.

P3094020 Der Wiener Deewan changes its buffet menu each day. It always has 2 meat dishes, 3 vegetarian dishes, rice, salad and dessert.

The restaurant serves each table with a pitcher of water~ free water is unheard of in Europe.

Even at 2pm, the restaurant was packed full with students, young and old couples, and even families. The atmosphere was simple and buzzing with a happy vibe.

Sebastian and I ate ourselves full, relaxed for a while then paid what we felt was a fair cost for the service and food.

How cool is that?

P3094072 Almost every afternoon we stopped for coffee and something sweet. One day we had the obligatory apple strudel and coffee.

P3104093 Another day, we stopped in the McCafe. (Does McDonalds have cafes in the US yet?) Being the McDonalds phobic that I am, I still had to try their macaroons. I thought the name was too funny- McCaroons. I had a lemon and raspberry macaroon.

P3114173 Every day we ate a rather late and large breakfast so were not too hungry for lunch. One day I bought a tofu and spinach takeaway from the appetizer menu at Akakito just to hold me over until dinner.


One activity I would highly recommend is to buy cake and coffee for take-away, find a sunny spot and eat with a view.

P3114134 Sebastian and I went to the top of the Albertina and enjoyed our afternoon delights while soaking up the sunshine and watching people pass by.


He had another apfelstrudel and I went for a strawberry sponge cake.P3114145


  We relaxed like cats in the sunshine before moving along.

P3114101 Another activity I would recommend is to visit one of the markets in Vienna. We really enjoyed wandering around the Naschmarkt.

This market will hold a special place in my heart, for it is where I finally found smoked paprika.



P3114099 Although there were several pavilions we wanted to eat at, we only had time for one. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to come back to Vienna again!



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Last night Sebastian and I had big plans to visit the Medieval Christmas Market in Siegburg, Germany.


We waited until it was dark and found our way to the tiny village. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at 8:30, everything had been closed for half an hour. All other markets are open until 10 so we just assumed this one was as well.

PC122145 The market is lit entirely by candle light.

Ironic as it was, we were still able to get a glühwein before heading back to the market in Bonn. I was determined to see this unique market this year so forced brought my friend Melanie back with me today.


Everything about this market is medieval. The tents are made out of canvas and wood, the products being sold are all handmade, the people are dressed in period clothing and they even speak in a medieval way.

PC122147 I started with baklava for dessert.

The best part is obviously the food. Unlike the greasy sausages and fried potato pancakes at the normal markets, this market offers freshly bread baked in stone ovens, falafel, fresh noodles, and baked apple rings to name a few.

PC122152 Spices for sale.

PC122157 Several stands served their food on cabbage leaves rather than disposable plates.

Medieval is eco-friendly!

PC122158Dinner was a falafel with sesame sauce in pita bread with lettuce from this tent.

PC122155 My take-away food was freshly baked bread from these working stone ovens.

PC122154  PC122160 I bought a loaf of this ‘farmer’s bread’ and a sweet roll made with saffron, butter and raisons. The roll melted in my mouth. Luckily it is nearly the size of my head so I have plenty left for breakfast.

PC122162 My hot loaf of bread kept me warm all the way home.

Oh Germany, I love you for your love of the medieval ages!

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This is Germany

Medieval fairs on castle grounds.

Wine festivals within fortified village walls.

Cherry beer.

Roasted nuts.

Burning fires.

Joyful singing.

This is Germany.

This was my Saturday.

The prospect of pumpkin pancakes got me out of bed yesterday morning.


The bright blue skies and warm summer weather put a smile on my face.

Add a medieval fair and wine festival into the mix and I was one happy girl!

Yesterday, my friends, Melanie and Lizzie, and I took off to explore. Lizzie has a car so we piled in, turned up the music and sang to songs of the 90’s while cruising between quaint villages and ancient vineyards.

First stop: Burg Satzvey

P9119321 I visited this castle once before for a Christmas Market.

P9119351 Today, the attraction was quite different!

P9119323 P9119331 For the last week, Burg Satzvey has hosted a Renaissance Festival.

P9119357 This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Renaissance Festival at Burg Satzvey.

P9119328 I imagined lots of vendors and handicrafts, but the festival is actually for people who like to imagine that they are living during the Middle Ages.

P9119329 For a week, these lords and ladies camp out with their families and others who share their coat of arms.

P9119330 They really live the whole fantasy.
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P9119342 Unfortunately, we missed the jousting tournament.

By the pictures from the castle’s website, I’d say we really missed out.

P9119341 At least I had my friends to entertain me!

P9119355 When you have a sword in a stone, who needs knights in shining armor battling it out on horseback?

P9119352 I sipped a cherry-flavored beer while wandering around the castle grounds.

P9119335 P9119346P9119350 Although we all agreed that the festival was more for those who relived the Middle Ages, we had a great time.

We just had to leave before we stole this baby.

P9119336 How cute is she?

Next stop: Ahrweiler Wine Festival

P9119365 We drove through beautiful, winding roads lined by steep hills dressed in rows of grapes. Before long, we reached the fortified city gate of Ahrweiler.

P9119361We celebrated the beautiful summer day by sharing a bottle of white wine from one of the local vineyards.

P9119360  The wine was wonderful, but too sweet to have more than one glass.

Speaking of glasses, I love the reflection of the old city center in the wine.

P9119362 We munched on spicy roasted nuts while swaying to German songs and sipping our wine.

P9119364 The village was packed. It was wonderful to walk around the cheerful surroundings and check out all the wine stands from the region.

I only had one more glass of wine, but it was too dark by that point to get a picture. It was red, dry and slightly smoky. Absolutely wonderful. If they are at any of the other wine festivals to come, I’ll certainly buy a couple of bottles.

P9119367 We ate, danced and laughed some more before driving back to Bonn.

P9119366 It really was a wonderful day!

This is Germany and I am so blessed to be living here right now!

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The sky may have been cloudy and threatening rain, but the Live Art Market in Remagen carried on!

More than 200 artists from all over Europe transformed the streets of the historic town of Remagen into a living art gallery.

Breakfast powered me through the day, allowing me to manage the crowds and take in all the sights, smells, and sounds of the LebensKunstMarkt.

Wheat toast with almond butter and a fruit salad topped with poppy seed marzipan yogurt.

Fresh blueberries, strawberries, cherries and the most delicious yogurt.

Part of the market was organized by geographical regions.

For example, the French region included soaps, breads, cheese, salami, and hand-painted pottery

Not the best photo of their products, but I loved the patchwork flags so much that I bought a hunk of fresh goat’s cheese from this stand.

How cute is this apron?

Could have spent a month’s salary on ribbon at this stall.

I bought a pot of cilantro and rosemary for the balcony garden.

I spotted one of my colleagues and her husband along the Rhine. They are such a cute couple.

This waffle was as good as it looks.

This church reminded me of Hogwarts from Harry Potter.

I had a great time at the market, ate tons of free samples, oohed and ahhed over a bajillion pieces of jewelry and artwork, and generally enjoyed the day out.

Although I’m sad to be away from my family on Father’s Day, I’m so glad to be living in this beautiful part of the world!

Here’s one last Father’s Day photo. I love you, Dad!

Proud parents at my graduation.

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