Austria. After the Gothic Czech Republic with dark buildings decorated with mythical monsters, the capital of Austria, namely the city of Vienna, seemed to us a truly heavenly place.
Taking into account the fact that the road trip across Europe was slightly oversaturated with movement, in fact, in the episode Italy -> France -> Switzerland -> Liechtenstein -> Luxembourg -> Germany -> Czech Republic -> Austria, we had practically no strength left to feel all the delights of the location.
After parking and checking into a hotel in the center of Vienna, we went for a walk around the city and had dinner. It was already late and there was no time to clean up and dress up, so what we wore in the car was what we wore. I was wearing an old Ralph Lauren travel suit that looked a bit like pajamas.
Our feet led us to a luxury Michelin-category restaurant, located in a historic building with interior paintings and very impressive staff who looked at me like I was a homeless person from the street. Frankly, since it was time to organize a big wash, I didn’t even have underwear. In order to convince the staff of the opposite (not that it’s not for me, but that it’s financially sound), I had to order expensive dishes and very expensive champagne. We had a good time.
On the way home, being full and satisfied, we were able to briefly appreciate the architecture of the heart of the city. Indeed, everything is beautiful, white, clean and well-groomed. In the morning we wanted to go for a walk again, but then something happened: the car was gone. The search led to a police impound lot, where after paying 300 € (it would have been better to spend it on champagne) towards the end of daylight, we managed to pick up the car. It was such a disappointment to be stuck in a stuffy room instead of a cool walk where other poor fellows were also wasting their time, huddled in corners wearing coronavirus-protective masks.
Vienna is a safe city with a quality standard of living. It has a developed economy and a high level of education and healthcare. Overall, I give it a thumbs up.