If I could pick one word to describe Vienna, it would be opulent. I can see why Paris and Vienna are often compared. Both very elegant, and of course, romantic, but at the same time very different. And it’s for this reason I wish I could have stayed in Vienna a little longer to make a more in-depth comparison, but at least I got a good taste so I feel compelled to go back and visit again someday.
Thanks to Jessica‘s recommendation, we checked out the Naschmarkt, which was right up B’s and my collective alleys – we love exploring outdoor markets in new countries! It’s such a great way to learn about a new culture, so I highly encourage you to try it whenever you’re traveling. For example, we kept seeing pigs everywhere (in breads, pastries, candies, etc.) and we learned that pigs are an Austrian sign of good luck in the new year. We also sampled mohnzelten, a delicious pastry with a poppy seed filling – something I never would have thought to try if they weren’t so beautifully displayed in the market!
After the market, we stopped in a nearby wine bar, Wein & Co., to warm up with some Austrian wine, which I’m more and more becoming a huge fan of. We ended our evening with a performance by the fabulous Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School (kind of a bucket list item for me) in probably the most stunning riding arena I’ve ever seen. What an utterly dreamy city!
fur pom hat c/o American Holiday (similar online here)
Zara sweater (old, similar here)
French Connection coat (old, close match)
fair isle gloves (close match)
Textile Elizabeth & James denim
Mansur Gavriel bag