Vienna to Bratislava Travel Day

We had a relaxing morning since we knew we could buy tickets to Brastilava almost every hour. We decided not try try and rush breakfast and packing and take the 11:16am train.

We had a leisurely hotel breakfast. The kids went out into the patio and found worms. Which L then tried to feed an apple to. πŸ˜„ Back up to our rooms to finish packing and brush teeth. We lazed a bit and let the kids listen to Harry Potter before finally heading down to check out and get an Uber to the station. But what we didn’t realize was that we’d daudled a bit too much and now our train was leaving in about 20 minutes and we were still at the hotel! Thankfully though the Uber driver was quick, we hopped in and he zipped off. We got the train station with a plan, Ty would go buy the tickets and Papa, the kids, and I would find the platform with the luggage. We made it to the platform just as Ty arrived with the tickets and we had 2 minutes to spare. Guess we shouldn’t have taken things quite so lazily!

An hour riding through the country with various stops. It was relaxing and the kids enjoyed their Peppa Pig time. Also something to note about this train, when you use the toilet and flush all of a sudden you can see straight down to the tracks. 😬 Not so much for plumbing.

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I cant stay the train station in Bratislava is my favorite. Smells a bit like garbage around there.

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But once we made it to our hotel things perked up for sure.

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There were two big draws for us to come to Bratislava, it was only an hour away fro Vienna and they had a hotel that was super cheap points! It cost us just a few hotel points to stay here. (Another big Ty skill is navigating hotel points) Above was a glimpse at our Suite and the kids and Papa have a super big room with two twin beds and a pullout couch. It’s huge! And they gave us free warm cookies upon our arrival. πŸ˜„

We dropped our stuff off and then Ty found us a place nearby for lunch. It was in the mall by the reviews said it had a kid play area next door to it. That’s all we needed to read! What we found was even better. It was a kid play area that they’d incorporated tables into it. For grownups and kids to both enjoy. Why don’t more places do this?! It made for such a relaxing meal. Yes, Ryder is on day three of wearing her drindl.











Vienna Adventures – Day 3

The day started off a little rough for Papa. He needed to stay behind at the hotel due to illness. After another delicious hotel breakfast for ourselves we raced to catch the shuttle going into town.

The shuttle dropped us off in front of the opera house and from there we walked to the Haus der Musik (basically a music museum). It was recommended to us by R’s german teacher who is from Austria.

There were quite a few hands on exhibits which is always nice with kids. I think the giant musical piano keys on the stairs was the favorite.

After listening and playing all the music we walked around the corner to the Sacher Cafe for their famous chocolate cake and hot chocolate. We waited in line about ten minutes before getting a table.

It was an extremely fancy place and our kids were probably the youngest I would take there. The cake was ok, a bit dry perhaps. The hot chocolate was so rich and delicious though!

I’m glad we did it but it was much more of an adult event. Hard to be relaxed and enjoying it when you don’t want your kids to break anything. Also R told the waitress we’re sharing the cake because it’s so expensive. πŸ˜† Kids have no subtlety.

After the cake we walked to St. Stephens Cathedral. It was neat but rather dark inside.

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But as soon as we got out, gave the kids snacks, everyone was right as rain again. Food crankies or just being four, no idea.

He was so pleased with this idea!

We walked from here back to the Naschmarkt. The kids requested sushi again for lunch. This we ended up back at the same restaurant as before. It’s a tricky balance between wanting to try new foods and going where you know your kids will actually eat. Here’s how we keep everyone entertained during meal times. Also a gluhwein for myself!

After a late lunch we walked across the city center to the Haus des Meeres (basically an aquarium).

It was neat. Very vertical, I think they has nine floors you could visit. But also quite narrow and not stroller friendly at all! We of course saw the stroller parking area as we were leaving.

They had a little rain forest area with these monkeys just roaming about.

This tank you could put your hand into and the fish nibbles on you. L was all about it but had the worst time holding his hand still long enough for the fish to come close. R was completely freaked out by it but finally put the tips of her fingers just barely in.

She was so proud she finally did it!

By the end of it we were getting a little slap happy I think.

We left there and walked across the city center again to the opera house to catch our shuttle. R fell asleep on the drive so Ty carried her into the hotel. I think a bit of playing possum may have been happening here.

We had some tired kiddos either way and Papa was on the mend. We got them ready for bed and left them in his capable hands. By that point in the evening we didn’t want to walk anywhere else. I did a load of laundry in the hotels one washer. Then Ty and I ordered room service. Which was a total splurge for us.

That salad was amazing!! But we also over tipped because we didn’t realize it was included until later. We’re such novices! It was a nice relaxing last night in Vienna.

Vienna Adventures – Day 2

We slept in till almost 9 again. I think we’re all a bit thrown by the time change. We enjoyed another wonderful hotel breakfast before taking an Uber to the Schonbrunn Palace.

Due to some excessive lines and bad times for the English speaking guides we decided to go with just the extended audio tour. We had about an hour before our time slot so we walked around the palace and found the King Triton fountain.

We had a bit of a photo shoot at the top of the hill past the fountain.

I wanted to get a photo of R in her drindl and this is what she came up with. 😍

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The palace audio tour was very neat but it was pretty crowded with tour groups and pushy people. It also falls a bit short after visiting Versailles. #europetravelproblems πŸ™„ It was good to hear about the royalty that used to rule in Austria but it also got very confusing and none of us could follow the lineage. I was proud how well R did with following the audio tour. L spent the time listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. πŸ˜„ Also no pictures were allowed in the palace.

We left the palace for a late lunch about 2pm and found this amazing Turkish restaurant.







Vienna Adventures – Day 1

We all slept late this morning. Called over to Papa’s room at 9am and woke them up! We all got ready and went downstairs for breakfast in the hotel. Again thanks to Ty’s work with credit cards we have a fancy status at this hotel and it earned us free breakfast. This was a savings of $15 per person which equaled $75 per day and $300 for our four day stay! We definitely wouldn’t be eating here without the vouchers but are so thankful for them because this buffet is so good! I love european breakfasts that include olives, hummus, kombucha, and all sorts of yummy pastries.

After breakfast we realized we missed the hotel shuttle so we ended up using Uber instead to get to the Vienna City Center and the Natural History Museum.

The kids love a good dinosaur display and all the stuffed animals are always entertaining so we try and visit the Natural History museums wherever we go. L hasn’t been a fan of the animatronic dinosaurs we’ve seen lately. He needed to be held and then was hiding under Papa’s coat in order to get past this guy. πŸ˜†

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After a few minutes like this though he realized it was ok.

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Both kids loved the interactive displays they had.

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The building as well was just incredible!

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Right across the street was the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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Then we walked to the Naschmarkt and found some lunch and a drindl for Ryder.

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At certain crosswalks we noticed their walk signs are two people with a heart in between them and the don’t walks seem to be people holding hands. It’s a very cute detail! I tried to capture it in a photo.

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This is in front of the Vienna State Opera.

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So we called Uber and made it back to the hotel for an early night. Ty and L went off to find the nearest playground. Papa relaxed in his room. R came back to my room where she did school work on the iPad and I wrote a blog post. Just nice to have some down time.

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We fed the kids some leftovers and put them to bed about 8:30. Ty and I ended up staying up late trying to get laundry done. This big hotel only has one washer and dryer for their clients to use! Also european dryers are so slow and need like two hours to dry anything.

London to Vienna Travel Day

We had a bit of a leisurely morning since we woke up before our alarm. Showered and packed up before getting the hotel breakfast. We left the hotel about 10am and walked to the tube closest to our hotel. It was finally running again after being under maintenance, the entire time we’ve been here. With one easy transfer we made it quickly to Gatwick Airport. So much faster than on our way into the city! This was also after Ty having four days of experience with the tube by now.

We got checked in and through security with no issues. Tried to get into the lounge and they were at capacity. So we found some seats and settled in for about an hour. The kids watched some shows on the iPad and Ty and I caught up on phone stuff. Another bonus part of this credit card with the lounge passes is the ability to have free food credit and certain restaurants. So we grabbed some muffins, bagels and yummy breakfast foods before our flight. Then showed our Priority Passes and voila free food! No really it’s something more exact than that. πŸ˜„ A certain dollar amount or such and such but really the credit card details aren’t my thing. I’ll have Ty write all this up in a post.

We boarded our British Airways flight and it was under two hours to get to Vienna. Again, nothing was free. Not even water. It’s all credit cards too so if we did want to buy a bottle of water for 2Β£ it seems silly to charge for that small of amount. A bit frustrating. But the kids were happy since they’d finally earned their chocolate frogs!

< The kids threw a fit when we had them stop watching the iPad for a potty break. We were starting to land so Ty put his foot down and took away the iPad. So we definitely had some fussy kids for the last bit of the flight. But hoping it leads to better behavior in the long run. 🀞🏻 Parenting while traveling, why don't we get a vacation too?! Landed in Vienna and got through customs with no issues. Ty's dad, Bob was waiting for us right outside customs and the kids were over the moon to see him! I think they were excited to have someone else to talk to. Bob had arranged for a driver to take us to the hotel. Such luxury! Walking to the car we were surprised how mild the temperature felt. We had a heavier long sleeve on and that's all that was needed. The hotel set us up on the same floor but couldn't get us near each other. Bob took the kiddos in his room and Ty and I got a room to ourselves! Traveling with grandparents can rock. We walked around the corner to a little Italian restaurant. The food was wonderful but it took over an hour to get our meal! Surprising since there were no other customers in there.
ick walk back to the hotel and everyone called it a night.