Sunday, September 8, 2013

TAOS Skybar - Schorndorf

On Monday my girl goes back to school. I don't think she is looking forward to it. Really. After 8 weeks of "freedom", what teenager wants to return to school? They might want to see friends who were away most of the summer, but other than that, none of them are eager to get back to the books, classes, tests, and the resulting decrease in free time. But so it goes.

To make the countdown to doomsday a bit more enjoyable, we spent last week in Vienna, Austria. I've got much to say about that and will have several upcoming posts covering our visit there. Right now I want to tell you what we did this evening. 

 In April a new place opened in Schorndorf. It's called the TAOS Skybar. High above the clay tile roofs of the city, you can enjoy cocktails and/or a bite to eat while enjoying a fabulous view. Unfortunately, they only take reservations for groups of 10 or more, so we got there right at opening (5 PM).  We took the glass elavator to the 9th floor.

Upon entering, the first thing you see is the massive bar which is fully-stocked for any drink you desire. The room is very cozy and modern, with cushy divans, artsy wooded tables and glass. I really wish I had taken a photo of this room but I didn't. I'll post a link to their online photo gallery at the end and if you are curious, you can take a peek.

We decided to sit outside, so we walked up the stairs to the tenth floor where there is another room that leads to the balcony.

From the glass balcony, you can see over the town square.

You can sit in high chairs facing the glass walls.

Or you can sit in the cushy chairs with wood chunk tables. We chose to sit in the front right corner facing the town square (shown in earlier photo) with a view of the Marktplatz, city hall, and other various points of interest.

Stefan ordered a dry martini and since it was a beautiful summer day, I decided to drink a Hugo. So refreshing. Katarina won't be old enough for alcohol until next year, so she ordered a peach ice tea.

Then we ordered FOOD!

Vietnamese spring rolls with soy sauce and spicy sauce for dipping 

fresh steak tartar

and a pile of grilled shrimp with aioli and another sauce
for dipping


the assorted cheese platter with a bread basket.

A few more drinks.


Decided to skip dessert.

Of course, there was also a bit of people watching from up above. This group of men was interesting. It's not every day you see a bunch of masked characters walking the streets at night in Lederhosen.

Yeah, okay. So I actually added those masks to the pictures. A girl's gotta have some fun, right? The original photo was nice, but this one is so much more interesting.  Don't you think?

Katarina thought it was pretty cool when an old plane flew by.

I'm not much of a person for old planes. I like other flying things, like dragonflies and birds. So when a bunch of swallows starting swooping in circles right above us, I got a kick out of it. They seemed to be enjoying the weather and the wonder of their wings. I spent too much time watching them and only got a really bad shot of one swallow. Blurry. And tiny. And it sort of looks like the photo of the plane. Oh, well. It was fun watching them.

Afterwards we took a stroll through town.

It was a nice evening. We plan on going there again some time.

If you would like to see more photos from the TAOS Skybar in Schorndorf, CLICK HERE to visit their photo gallery.


S.E.Ingraham said...

What a cool place for drinks and food and just to sit and soak in the view Linda...

As for photographing swallows...every night at dusk in Italy, in the small town where we stayed "Rionero in Vulture" these scissoring acrobats literally filled the sky but no matter how many photos I took, no matter what setting or how close etc., I could never quite figure out how to get a good shot...if you know, drop me a line (except I think you have a better camera than me and that would help).

Jodi said...

What a lovely family vacation. Such a beautiful part of the world you live. Good luck on Monday. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Fun times. I can't believe how mature Katarina's gotten... she's gorgeous. I love what you've done with the pictures, too. I hope all goes well Monday (don't get in a wreck like I did on the first day of school).

Teri said...

Oh, I want to be there...

Naquillity said...

what a gorgeous view you had from the bar/ 10th floor. i imagine you guys didn't want to leave.

i'm sorry your daughter has to give up her freedom for school soon but i'm sure seeing her friends again will ease the transition. hope all is well. have a great night~

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like a wonderful place to have a drink and a snack! Amazing views over the town!