Whew! Another holiday season has come and gone. I’m happy to be home in Sofia and back to day-to-day life; which includes sharing my adventures and experiences with you all!
I hope your holidays were wonderful and you were able to celebrate with those you love most.
Vince and I were so happy to have my mom come from Utah to visit us here in Bulgaria. She is officially our first visitor from the states and definitely not our last (a friend is actually coming in just a few weeks!). We kicked off her visit by spending 3 jam-packed days in Vienna to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s a lovely city and we had a great time wandering the Christmas Markets, window shopping, eating good food, and exploring such an iconic European destination so rich in history and culture.
And Christmas is definitely the perfect time to visit. The city practically oozes festive charm.
Right across from our hostel in the 6th District was an open-air market called the Naschmarkt.
The large market was filled to the brim with food and drink carts, tables of antiques, gifts, flowers, clothing, and Christmas goodies. We had to wander through multiple times as it was set up right next to the metro station closest to where we were staying. It was all I could do to not go home with dozens of vintage trinkets and Christmas decorations. Alas, we were on a budget and I was too overwhelmed by the vast selection anyway.
My mom did buy a gift for my aunt and it was a great find. (I don’t want to say what it was in case she reads this post and hasn’t gotten it yet). She also bought a big tub of different kinds of olives for us to snack on. My favorite were the large green ones stuffed with whole cloves of garlic. Mmm! Although we didn’t buy much, it was still great fun to wander through the many stalls. The Christmas tree lot nearby only added to the experience!
I really enjoy markets such as the Naschmarkt and it was a delight to stumble upon one so close to where we were staying. I could have spent the entire day sorting through vintage finds and snacking on treats, but we had too much to see and do during our short stay. If you are ever in Vienna, check out this market; you won’t be disappointed!
More Vienna (along with holiday and Med. cruise) posts coming soon!
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