While I am here, in Boston, struggling through the torturous process of getting things together here in Arlington, my husband had to go finish out his contract in Vienna. Yes, if you must know, (not that you asked) I am kinda mad about being abandoned in the middle of processing everything here. It does not help matters that I know he is getting to enjoy some of the coolest Austrian traditions while I am stuck here in the move in mess and chaos.
Vienna has a long tradition of rich and vibrant Christmas markets. They are outdoor markets that have becomes ingrained in the culture since the old days back in the middle ages when all markets were out doors. So too today, they have such events for Christmas. This one at the Rathaus, will come equipped with a booth where they make waffles sprinkled with confectioners sugar and cinnamon, and then slathered with choclate as is part of the Austrian tradition. You will also find lots of roasted chess nuts. There are also booths of all kinds carrying all manner of things for sale….. Including some of the most beautiful Christmas ornaments I have ever seen.
There are many other great sights to see at the Christmas Market down by the Rathaus, and it is unfortunate that only my husband will be the one to see it all. So, we decided to share these pictures so that everyone can experience one of the prides of Austria.