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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Vienna is among other things famous for its old traditional coffeehouses. The first coffeehouse opened according to popular history shortly after the Turkish siege in 1683. The Turks apparently left behind several bags of coffee beans, which a Polish guy figured out to process into coffee. Many years later the locals enjoy sitting around for hours reading the newspaper, drinking Wiener melange (the local version of cappuccino) and chat, while the waiters run around wearing jackets and bow-ties. Café Central is one of these old popular cafees in the city center that brags of old famous guests like Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotsky. We have been there several times to soak up the atmosphere along with a lot of other tourists. I went back Thursday afternoon to enjoy Apfelstrudel and the company of my good friend Signe's relatives, who was in town. Of course I forgot the camera, so these are pictures from a previous visit.