Archive for November, 2006

Hilton Vienna Am Stadtpark – room 922 – Vienna, Austria

Monday, November 27th, 2006

In room 922 of the rather bland (but expensive) Vienna Hilton Am Stadtpark, there’s a small piece of paper hidden on top of the mirror. It contains directions for a decent cafĂ©. If you have to go to Vienna, that is. If you can stay at home (or better still, go someplace else), do it.

Vienna is a merengue-based cream cake, which – like merengue-based cream cakes generally do – looks better than it tastes. And it doesn’t look THAT good, either. More sickening, really, unless you haven’t been eating the last couple of weeks.

Vienna’s tourist council loves to brag about how Vienna was a magnet to creative people (like Mozart). But that’s a lo-o-o-ng time ago. Back when people (like Mozart) liked to stroll about in white powdered wigs with ponytails, looking not entirely unlike their architecture. When the Viennese want to look REALLY sharp, they still don this kind of costume and headwear, making them look like Mozart, only 250 years too late.

Hilton Vienna transportation

Radisson SAS Kristiansand Hotell – room 1714 – Kristiansand, Norway

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Irma (7) and her mother spent a couple of nights in Radisson SAS Kristiansand Hotell, Norway, attending a children’s film festival.

Radisson SAS Kristiansand Hotell

In a top secret place, Irma hid a little trinket she’d made herself, with an accompanying note saying “You’re free to use the bracelet, but please leave it behind, regards Irma 7 years”

Radisson SAS Kristiansand Hotell