Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Wellness That Wasn't

Friday was a pretty big day. I was looking forward to it for about two or three months. With my choir, we had a pretty important concert at the Chateau Appony, the beautiful hotel with the best restaurant in Slovakia (I kid you not, that's what my man said after we had a dinner there and let's face it - we tried a lot of good restaurant here in Slovakia). The place is really gorgeous and even though I have been there many times I still    can't get over how beautiful it is. The last time we were there was just last Sunday for their Christmas market where we sang few Christmas carols for the people on the courtyard who were enjoying mulled wine or punch or hot chocolate (me - designated driver again).
But this Friday the concert was for 120 of "big cheese". It took place in the beautiful concert hall in front of a Christmas tree and we sang with the organ and string quintet pieces by Bartolluci, Rutter, Frisina, Bach and also Gregorian chant and, of course, Christmas carols.

It was perfect. The dinner afterwards was perfect.
BUT the main event for us, the choir, was supposed to be the whole night spent in the chateau's wellness. The Jacuzzi, Finnish, herb and steam saunas, the pool...and all of that with my best friends. It was supposed to be a dream in the last hectic days before Christmas.
But after 15 minutes in the wellness, one guy jumped into the pool, unfortunately hurt his nose and we were thrown out by the owner without having a chance to explain what happened. To say that we were upset, disappointed and mad is an understatement.
And I am still mad as hell!

And all of the sudden - Vienna

Sometimes the weirdest things happen. Like on Thursday. We went to our "lovely" capital - Bratislava for Slovak - Taiwanese reunion. (That's not the weird part, yet. My man's parents lived in Taiwan for two years and he stayed there for two summers to study Chinese.) So we were on the list, we were greeted by Taiwanese ambassador and his wife and we ate and drink passable dinner (Dearest Hotel Devin, where did you get those four stars I have no idea.)
And afterwards with our two friends we decided that night was still young and we went to check out Bratislava's Christmas market. I had the best potato pancake in the EU - that was their advertisement and they weren't kidding, it was so delicious. I gobbled it so quickly I hadn't a chance to take a picture, so there is a generic picture from world wide web:

And all of the sudden Martin asks: "Do any one of you plan to go to Wien this Christmas? Cause I would like to get my parents Sacher torte as a present." And I am not 100% sure who said it, but it went like this: "Well, let's go now". And so... we went. One has to take into account the fact that Bratislava and Vienna are two capitals closest together in the world. And that means about 50 minutes by car.
First we managed to catch the last minutes of Christmas market in front of Rathaus (Town hall). My friends got the typical Austrian Gluhwein and Punsch while I, the designated driver, enjoyed my Jugendpunsch.
It was Frohe Weihnachten:

And then we went to the best place for everything sacher - Sacher Café. We bought several cakes to take home and also ate two pieces at the café. They're open till 1 am and if you ever come to Vienna, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

 Just yummy. :)