Copa Kagrana....Not quite the Copa Cabana but in Vienna, as close as we're going to get, and also on our list of "Things to Do for People Without Summer Homes". Right off of the Donau-Insel is a strip of restaurants and bars (some of which I would have found infinitely more seductive and entertaining in my early 20's than I do in my pregnant, married 30's) and a festive atmosphere for a mellow summer afternoon and dinner. Note that the area around the Donau Insel is so clean (though not "seaweed-like growth free"), and so compulsively tested by the Austrians, that you can swim in it due to the high wasser qualiteat - and from what I could tell, many Viennese do.
I confess I made my husband take me out there so that we could search for the fabled "FKK" - the "Frei Korper Kultur" (free body culture), which is a free body (read: nudist) recreational area on the island itself. I was promised thousands, thousands of naked people! Not that I wanted to be naked myself - I was there for observational purposes only. I even made us rent an electric "motor" boat (total max cruising speed: 1.23 knots) so that we could get to the nudists faster, only to leave empty-handed. We saw but one frei korper, and while he had a lot on diplay, it was not quite the thousands I was expecting, a la a Spencer Tunick photograph. I clearly need to do some supplemental field research for my next FKK investigative outing.
Dejected, we returned our watercraft, and picked a nice Argentian outdoor grill for some amazing pollo asado, and a steal at 8 or 9 euros. While sad I couldn't enjoy a mojito to go with it, we watched the sunset right into the Danube. Not bad at all.
To access the Copa Kagrana: Take the U1/Red line to the Donau-insel stop, exti and follow signs for "Sunken City".
All photography by the New Diplomat's Wife.