Vienna is a beautiful city known for palaces, parks, great music, multiple varieties of coffee and delectable sweets. So much to see and so little time, but we were determined to make the most of our short stay.
We started the morning with a visit to the Spanish Riding School where we watched the training of the famous Lipizzaner stallions while listening to classical music. The Spanish Riding School was started in 1572 and so named because the horses are of Spanish origin. The venue for the training is a large hall located in the Imperial Palace. They exercise 5 horses at a time, 4 white and one bay. They are very groomed horses, with short, trimmed manes and long, bushy tails that had been crimped. Apparently, this breed of horse turns white as it ages, perhaps after 7 or 8 years, and the face of one bay was starting to turn white. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photographs.
After watching for awhile, we left and went to the Treasury where we saw artifacts and jewelry from the royalty and many vestments and objects from churches. Several items caught my attention, which are noted here:
Large green emerald, which was acquired from what is now Columbia in the 1600's;
Lunch time took us in search of Weinerschneitzel which we found at Albertine Keller. Then back to Demel's for apple strudel and Vienese coffee. Here is Ed enjoying his treats.
On the way, I shot a photo of Ed in front of the palace where we partied last night.
Tonight Ed and I enjoyed a special French dinner in the Bistro while cruising on the river. Another lovely evening.