Lisa and I started out as pen pals well over twenty years ago...I have written to pen pals since my early teens and one of my first pals was Darlene who I am still in touch with and see whenever I am in Vancouver. Darlene was pals with Lisa and knew Lisa and her husband Heinz loved to travel so she gave Lisa my name and the friendship began... first with long letters and now mainly through Facebook. I can't even imagine my life without the friends I have made through the pen.....the thought of knowing only people in my home town seems strange and very very sad to me. However that is for another post...
Sadly, Lisa was in the hospital when I arrived in Vienna which was a real worry for me but luckily was discharged and able to spend my last day there with me. I was so appreciative that she did this as I know she wasn't feeling 100%.
I took the U-bahn (subway) out to Heiligenstadt (ironically the name of the town my friend in Germany lives in and where I was headed next) where Lisa and her husband Heinz met me. Off we drove to Leopoldsberg which is a famous hill overlooking Vienna and the Danube. While Lisa waited for us Heinz and I walked to the top for an outstanding view of the city and surrounding countryside.
On the way to our next destination Heinz spotted a spotted salamander on the road and stopped to carry it to the side of the road.....yep that 's the kind of people Lisa and Heinz are...
|Two long time friends meet at last - in front of St Josephs church, Kahlenberg|
|The Viennese know how to make cake - and no I didn't eat them both! (though I believe I had a sample!)|
|I'm not a "pink person" but I loved this room!|
|Views of the outside - beautiful!|
Heinz then drove us around the Ring road (barring some diversions) and I was able to view the Belvedere palace which I hadn't seen yet. Definitely on my "must visit" list next time I am in Vienna!
|Orangery, Lower Belvedere|
A quick visit that left me with a taste for more.
Then it was back to Lisa and Heinz's lovely apartment for a good visit and a wonderful meal...ah home cooked food...when you are on the road for a long time it is like pure heaven....
|Yummy delicious and so good I forgot to take a picture until I was half done!! :)|