Well no, not really. We just weren’t enthusiastic for the Morning Exercise program at the Spanish Riding School, but really wanted to see the horses. So, hanging out at their stables across the street from the arena seemed the best compromise. And we weren’t disappointed.
Entrance to the arena.
Yay! An Equestrienne!
We love all horses, of course, including those who so beautifully chauffeur tourists through the city.
Leaving Die Stallburg we paused in the former Royal Apothecary, now a lovely place to purchase equally as lovely items for the home. The original herbal appointments can still be seen on the cabinets.
The shop also had what is the largest display of my favorite pastilles I’ve ever seen. Don’t ask how many I purchased.
Walking back through Die Stallburg our tummies were ever-so-slightly rumbling. Time for a pastry!
But what to choose?
An espresso for me.
Hot chocolate for Anna Grace.
And, the Apfelstrudel to share. With vanilla sauce, naturlich.
From the cafe we explored a small chapel within the Hofburg Palace, the Burg Kapelle. Apologies for the dark photos. I did not wish to disturb those in silent prayer with flash.
The Burg Kapelle has a choir loft that has been occupied by singing Viennese boys for 500 years; that is to say, it is the home of the Vienna Boys Choir.