So, where did we leave it off??
Oh yeah we were heading out to a famous Viennese street market: the Naschmarkt.
The Naschmarkt, a well-known food market in the 6th district of Vienna, Mariahilf (south-west of the city). Opened in the late 1780s as a dairy farmer’s market, after many years and a name change it became the imported fruits and vegetables’ market, but it didn’t take it’s current name until 1905 when more than 100 permanent stalls were built.
Today, one can find many restaurants, food and fresh products from all around the world as well as the nicest cashmere scarves I’ve seen in a long time.
You can’t walk two steps without being called out by one of the stall managers to try out their product. The trick is to be form otherwise you’ll leave the place with 1Kg of dried ginger, or caramelised nuts.
A nice stroll around and 100 gr of dried ginger later we found ourselves making our way to the Haus des Meeres
. An aquarium and terrarium built into a WWII bunker in the middle of Vienna. Quite an impressive way to re-use an otherwise no longer useful (hopefully) building.
On top of its wonderful architectural concept, the organisation behind the Haus des Meeres is a sea flora and fauna research center, and the first ones to get seahorses to procreate in captivity. Way to go!
Among all the lizards, fish, turtles, monkeys, can you spot Dori?
Yeah I knew you would. Aren’t they just amazing, and so colourful.
Anyhow, we had a very Finding-Nemoesque afternoon, followed by beauty and even more beauty.
First, the views from the rooftop terrace are absolutely fabulous! (If you don’t like pretty fish and baby seahorses, you can pay for a rooftop ticket and just enjoy the view)
After our coffee and the respective photos we climbed down.
Got ourselves some ice-cream and headed back home to relax for a little before our spontaneous night at the opera. Mozart was waiting for us, not literally of course, the guy’s been out of servece for a few decades now, but his music, his art, was waiting to give us the best musical experience of our lives (to date).
And second, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) at the Volksoper Vienna.
For many shows they have the option of last minute student (under 26) tickets for no more than 15 €. We were lucky enough to be at the right time in the right place to witness one of Mozart’s most renowned pieces, in Vienna!
Photos and videos were strictly forbidden during the show but let me tell you, it was impressive, wowing, we left the opera humming and dancing along. Passionate performances by all on stage kept us on our toes to the last second…no spoilers, I promise, you’ll have to see for yourself!
Then, we merrily walked back to get our beauty sleep and recharge batteries for a new exciting day, of which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow ^^