Today, was spa day! Yes, that’s why this post is up later than normal. Twice a month, I go to one of the many wonderful spas located here in the city. On one visit, I get a massage just like I have for years. Massage is very therapeutic and is probably one of the reasons I have few back problems. The other day, I get a facial, manicure and pedicure. Those are just for me to relax and enjoy life. Both of those things and have helped me tremendously bide my time while so far away from home.
This last week was totally filled with rain. The days would start out sunny then go to downhill and end up raining. One day, it was just sprinkles then next a full blown thunderstorm. It lasted all week until Friday and even then the night ended with sprinkles. We fully expected not to be able to do much on Saturday as the prediction was – you guessed it – rain!
But we were pleasantly pleased when Saturday morning dawned clear and bright. We were concerned when it clouded over but no rain was to be had. On Sunday, it was even lovely with only the big fluffy cloud types that make the sky so beautiful. We decided to take a long, long walk. We went our usual way through Stadtpark, across the Parkring up toward Stephenplatz.
Again, we were surprised because when we got to the top next to the cathedral, we ran right into the celebration called Stefflkirtag or Stephensdom church day. It goes right along with Friday, May 29 which was the ‘Long Night of the Church’ where the churches were open to everyone throughout the night. We had forgotten all about it because of the rain. If it hadn’t been raining, we’d have walked from church to church to gaze upon their wonders as many of them now charge a fee. But on this night, people can come in and look as they please.
The Stefflkirtag has a variety of booths to showcase some typical Austria goods, a beer stall with songs and a wurstel stand. It also had a shop for all sorts of sausages and a caroseul for the kids. It’s all around the church and is very interesting to go people watching as you’ll see a variety with tourists and locals alike.
From there we continued walking toward a place called Schottentor or Scottish Gate, in the hopes of finding a café where we could enjoy a cup of something. However, on a Sunday afternoon in Vienna there are few places with a seat. And since this was one of the first absolutely beautiful weekends we’d had since May started, everyone out.
All in all, the weekend and the week were a huge success. The pictures this week are of Stephensdom, with two of the outside and one of the inside. The first one is looking at the church from the front. The second one is of the inside and see the marvelous arches and the last one is a side view. Yes, I get to walk by that everything I walk my dog if I choose. We normally go that way on our longer walks.
Hope you enjoyed this little look into Austria and beyond. See you all next week!