Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2 For 1 Special

How does having lunch in one country and then drinks in another sound to you? This is the whole reason we moved here. It is just too easy to hop on a train and leave the country for the day and be back home in time for dinner that night. Nothing can beat this.

Kelly came up with the great plan of having lunch in Lichtenstein and then drinks in Austria last Wednesday. We both knew nothing about either country. Just that we could get to Lichtenstein in about an hour and a half and we figured it couldn't be that difficult to jump over to Austria from there. Some friends had told us to see Vaduz, the capital of little-o-Lichtenstein. Who am I to say no? We did just that. We caught a train to Sargans and then a bus over to Vaduz. Easy cheesy.

Once we arrived, we walked the streets taking in some of the sites. From the main drag you could see a castle overlooking the city. We figured this was a must see.

We wandered through some of the old coblestone streets finally making our way to a path labeled "Schloss" (meaning castle in German) with signs pointing up the hill.

With turrets and all. Pretty spectacular. Come to find out the Prince actually lives here in all 130 rooms. I guess that makes sense why we couldn't go inside. We admired only from the outside and then made our way back to the center of town to be the "ladies that lunch" in Lichtenstein. Who really does this? Kelly and me!

I do have to point out that along with visiting the castle in Vaduz, there is also a winery nearby. We didn't get a chance to check it out this trip, but it gives me another reason to go back. There were the most beautiful vineyards lining the roads on our way out of the city.

Next stop, Feldkirch, Austria.

We really didn't have a good reason for going to Feldkirch. This just happened to the be the spot where most buses from Vaduz drop you to take the trains into other parts of Austria. I wish I had a better story for you. It took us about a half hour and 3.5 Euros to make this leg of the trip.

I don't know if I was overwhelmed with this city at the time, but now that I look back at some of the pictures it was amazing to see all the art in this city. From graffiti lining the streets, to paintings on government buildings, this city has some hidden charm.

Like usual, we took off wandering the streets somehow ending up in the Old Town and ending at a river. This seems to be a reccuring theme with every town we visit over here.

Following our plan, we found a quaint neighborhood bar next to the water where we grabbed a couple beers to enjoy the scenery. I even busted out a little German for the bartender. I had to show him my skills.

Mission accomplished. Two countries in  one day. Who else is cool enough to say they have done this before?

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