Snow-covered Belvedere Palace // Traditional, original, delicious Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher // The staircases at Schonbrunn completely blanketed in snow // A beautiful Chagall painting at the Albertina // Vienna does palaces pretty well, this one is the Hofburg // Early morning demonstration at the Spanish Riding School // Snow, glorious snow! // The view from the top of St Stefansdom Cathedral
Vienna had that kind of elegant, stately beauty that makes your heart truly ache. It's not a beauty you can beautify or dress up, it's not the kind of beauty you can replicate, it's not the kind of beauty you can even quite describe... It's something about a stately, self-possessed elegance that comes from history and legacy. Not all cities have this. I'm not even sure that Paris has it. But Vienna certainly does. It make my heart ache, really, truly ache, to stand at the top of Stefansdom and look out over the city, dusted lightly with snow, stretching out into the confines of the grey sky.