A lovely day in Vienna and the day before Ronny's anniversary bash so myself, KevP, Barry, Ronny, Alex and Colin decided to have an afternoon in the Schweizerhaus in Prater park. Its a well known beer garden in the middle of the fairground of Prater park selling the usual beer and meat. They've a great beer garden and some indoor seats just a pity its only open March to October. The speciality is the pork knuckle which is great if you like crackling but beware they won't sell you one per person! Beerwise they have some great ones and are the only place in Austria (I think) that draws their Budweiser by air not gas so its great. Try the mixed beer, half Budweiser and half dark beer.
A lot later - after the pork and beer - we headed back into town but going through the funfair just couldn't resist having a go one some of the rides. Starting off with the very very small motorbikes, then the rollercoaster before me and Kev went on the loop the loop rollercoaster. Brave stuff after a lot of alcohol but it was brilliant and no Jackson Pollacks to be seen! Lastly we did the ghostride, Ronny scaring the lads coming out at the end. We decided against anything that spun round violently, much better for those clearing up.
After a bit of shooting on the way out at the last of the stalls and claiming our prizes we headed off to the sanctuary that is Krah Krah back in the triangle for some well deserved beers and music.
So the next day we all met up for Ronny's anniversary party which was held in the beer garden of Zum Kuchldragoner. The beer garden is round the back from the bar and backs onto Ruprechtskirche a very old and lovely church in the 1st district. Roger and Kathrin also joined us on the Sunday for the private party. We were given a table by Ronny which just happened to be next to the bar and started off with a freshly made mojito. After a welcoming speech by Ronny we started to eat and drink again. There were lots of Ronny's friends and family there and some famous Austrians too, its always nice to mingle sometimes. Not sure what they thought of us but we held our own and tried not to hog the barrel.
The party started around 2pm and went on well into the night which thankfully stay warm and dry. At this point the beers are flowing and the subjects of the photos start to get concerned about extra chins, the reason for them being raised.
Around half past ten you have to go inside in Vienna to keep the noise down for the residents around the bars. The number of people had diminished by then but we decided to carry on for another while, it had been a while since we'd all been back in Ronny's! I have to say though that it may be a problem with the photographer at this point and not the subjects.