Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Not Just Horsing Around... in Vienna!

I thoroughly (or should I say thoroughbred-ly!) enjoyed our visit to Vienna and the renowned Spanish Riding School and home of the Lipizzaner horses. Once again we were treated as royalty, as everything with this cruise line has been. We sat in a section of the arena that was originally the viewing area for the royal family; cordoned off from all the commoners!!  The horses were magnificent.  We were taken to the stables and had the opportunity to meet them in person.  Such marvelous, gentle giants and we could purchase one for only $4000. Getting him home would be the expensive part.  Get the stall ready, Vonnie... I fell in love with Favory.

We had lunch at the famous Demel Restaurant.  The food was amazing and the pastries are indescribable.  It was difficult not to purchase tons of candy, pastries and all types of goodies from them!

After that we went to the largest outdoor Christmas market in the country.  It opened today and the highlight is some kind of a Jaggerwine.  Basically a hot spiced wine that knocks you on your fanny.  They serve it in Christmas mugs that you get to keep.  I believe Addie now has a set of 4.  Lots of spontaneous singing as the wine warmed chilly bodies.

We were so very lucky to attend a private concert at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna. The castle is privately owned and contains one of the most extensive private art collections in the world. The music of Strauss and Beethoven took my breath away.

And I must admit that I have fallen in love with the art and antiques of Europe. When I go to museums in the US, I see pieces of history that can be hundreds of years old. But here on the other side of the Atlantic, the vintage objects are thousands of years old! It's pretty amazing and inspiring. Don't you think we need to bring this coach back for our shows?
Until next time!

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