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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weekend Catch-Up

Our Vienna weekend was just spectacular.  I loved everything about the city and had such a wonderful and relaxing time with Kenny.  We stayed at the Hotel Bristol, which is in the heart of town and right next to the Vienna State Opera.  We were upgraded to a fantastic suite overlooking the VSO- a great way to start the weekend. 
The view from our balcony
 Our hotel 
One of the realities of traveling pretty frequently is that I don't bother planning for trips the way most people do.  Most would start researching well in advance of their departure, plan out what they are going to see, book restaurants, and so on and so on.  Not me!  I do just about ZERO planning.  I bought our travel books on Wednesday morning, and we left on Friday afternoon.  After a quick read I realized that I'd missed the boat on being able to see a lot of what Vienna had to offer- The Vienna Boys Choir books over a month in advance as do tickets to see the Lipizzan Stallions.  Whoops! 
On Saturday morning we went to St. Stephen's Cathedral and took the lift to the top of the tower.  It was on the chilly side but we saw such nice views of Vienna and of the beautiful roof of the cathedral.  We toured Christmas Markets, visited the Liechtenstein Museum and generally walked from one end of central Vienna to the other. 
On the top of St. Stephen's Cathedral
 Christmas Market
  The Christmas Markets were cute, but I was bummed that most of the items on display looked so mass-produced.  Where are the handmade and unique ornaments?
I am a Christmas light fanatic; I LOVE seeing the decorated streets and buildings.  Vienna has some of the prettiest lights I have ever seen.  I was among the many tourists constantly stopping to snap photos of another street or another decoration.  Kenny is very patient and just accepts that walking one block can take anywhere from 20 seconds to 5 minutes!
When we made it back to the hotel the Concierge told me that he was able to secure two IMPERIAL BOX seats to see the Sunday performance of the Lipizzan Stallions.  Kenny said that seeing my face light up when I was handed the tickets was one of the best things he has seen recently (isn't he cute?).
The following day we visited the Imperial Apartments and the Treasury of the Hofburg Palace before seeing the stallions.  We also made it to church for a few minutes to hear the Vienna Boys Choir perform.  It was a real treat to hear the VBC, but the highlight of Sunday was seeing the Lipizzan Stallions.  These horses and riders are just amazing.  The performance lasts about 80 minutes, and there was not a boring moment.  Photography is strictly prohibited during the show, and I was one of the few in attendance who followed the rules.  Alas, I took no pictures of the horses:( 

 The Hofburg Palace
    View from our seats


Beth said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! Thank you for letting me travel vicariously through you!

Melissa Wolf said...

Nora, thanks for this entertaining travel post! Most importantly, you look radiant!! You can really see the weight loss very clearly in these photos and you also just look so happy and glowing! Very very happy for you xo

vickyd said...

Beautiful pictures and you look amazing! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

Catherine55 said...

You look gorgeous!! What a fabulous hat, too! And, Vienna doesn't look bad either! :)

MandaPanda said...

Vienna looks absolutely magical and I love your hat!

banded bella said...

WOW is all I can say. Everything must have been just breath taking in person as your pictures were awesome. YOu my dear look fabulous. I know you feel great too.

trisha said...

you and your man are SUCH a good looking couple!

the light pics were amazing - thanks so much for sharing!!

(and reminding me how sheltered and boring my life is! hahaha)

Beth Ann said...

Nora, you look so beautiful!! You have to feel amazing. What a wonderful place. I would love to visit there someday.

Another friend was just there over Thanksgiving. Small world!

Andrea said...

So beautiful! I would LOVE to go to Vienna! Love the pictures and you look fab!

Ronnie said...

Wow, you guys look great together. And this sounds like a fantastic trip. :) Sorry been a crappy commenter here lately, trying to catch up!

Cece said...

Just beautiful. I quickly reflected on the Cmas markets that I loved in Germany and then felt the let down (like you) when I read that you thought most was mass produced. Progress, huh? Great photos of you, your handsome H and the building wrapped up in a bow - I love it !