There is nothing like a rainy Vienna day to snap you into the reality that summer days are fading fast. It’s getting darker sooner, and it makes me dread those January and February days that feel like they’re just around the corner, with their cold winds and gloomy afternoons. Luckily we still have some time before then, and I took advantage of the indoors today to think of what else is on my summer list for this year. Here are my remaining top 10, in no particular order. Time for the sun to come out so that we can hop to it!
Ten Things to do Before the End of Summer 2010
1. Have my own ice cream cone at Eis Tuchlauben – this is my favorite ice cream store in Vienna and normally I steal a bite or two from my husband’s to maintain the diplo-waistline, but I still want my own cone before summer’s up! With multiple flavors! Let’s go crazy!
2. Eat breakfast on the terrace of Cafe Tomaselli’s in Salzburg – naturally, this requires a trip to Salzburg, but it’s such a darling cafe, with the best “Ham and Eggs” (which really means eggs with cut up frankfurters) and sitting outside is half the fun
3. Attend a festival concert – of the many things that Austrian’s do right, summer music festivals are top of the list, and not the kind that require you to sleep outside and wave around glowsticks in spazz attack format to a deafening beat (though there are plenty of options for that EOD – east of the Danube). These are the kind where you can sit, have a glass of wine and not get trampled. I like it. Top of the list is the concert series at the Schloss Grafenegg, the water stage on Lake Constance, and grand daddy of them all is of course the Salzburg Festival.
4. Catch a movie concert at the Rathaus Film Festival – do you ever wonder what they do with all those video tapes of classical music concerts? I’m sure some of them make it to some sort of PBS type programming, but I think most are sent direclty to Vienna. This is your chance to see Karajan conduct post-mortem, Netrebko sing with out the mobs, and other legends, all while enjoying dinner from the stands of some of Vienna’s favorite restaurants.
5. Swim in a mountain lake – the rest of the year it’s way too cold so it’s time to make like the locals and take advantage of that mountain air conditioning. Attersee is at the top of my list.
6. Check out the only steppe lake in Austria – so it won’t be the most glamorous but catching lunch and a paddle boat in Neusiedler See is still on my list – while the water itself is marshy more than anything (so I’ve heard) it’s still supposed to be a unique habitat with good fish restaurants.
7. Take an afternoon swim on the Badeschiff Wien – continuing the spirit of places to bathe for “people without summer homes”, as our Austrian friend likes to say, is the tanker converted into swimming pool that is docked along the Danube canal. Cheesy? Yes. But oh so refreshing.
8. Host a Sangria Party – sangria is my absolute favorite summertime drink, and it’s become one of our more trademarked parties to celebrate the last days of summer. All you need are a few tapas, a few good tunes and a large glass on ice.
9. Add a layer to my tan – I’m determined to get a few more days of Vitamin D under my belt (wearing SPF 15 of course) – we need to stock up for the winter around here where it might be weeks on end before you see the sun unless you bite the bullet for a last minute charter to the Mediterranean to join the Germans on a package beach.
10. Finally make my summer playlist! We like to have one for each summer to try to capture the sunshine and lazy days. More sustenance for the winter!
Here’s to the rest of summer!