Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vienna food market

On Saturday I joined many tourists and Viennese at the fabulous food market – there seemed to be shopping baskets and cameras in equal number.

The market is set up on temporary stalls along a road between two tram stations.  The first thing I saw when I emerged from the escalator were these magnificent buildings. There are decorated building fronts all over the city and I particularly enjoyed the two different styles next to each other here.


Once into the market I was surrounded by delicious and fresh food that would make a wonderful spread of food for grazing – cheeses, breads, tapas style stuffed items and lots of dried fruit and nuts.  There were also salamis and hams but I didn’t get a photo of them.  The food market really showed how  Austria uses its central position and mixes the foods of north and south Europe. 

Lovely fresh fruit and vegetables too – look at the size of the asparagus – white and green (middle photo, standing upright on right). 


Flowers were also in abundance on the stalls – big bunches of tulips or roses as well as vibrant mixed bunches.  I was delighted to see them selling bunches of lilly of the valley because it is my birthday flower. There were also lots of herbs in pots – I wanted to squeeze them all for the smell.


And I was amazed to see pink chestnut flowers on the trees (bottom right).  I was enjoying how many chestnut trees were in bloom down many streets, with lovely big white blossom and then saw pink flowers in several places – I never knew they came in pink too.

And then at the end, as I was looking for the next tram stop, I spied another beautiful building facade


I’d love to have a market like this in Edinburgh, our Farmer’s market is mostly meat. 

Next instalment from Vienna will be a sampling of the many photos I took of the Imperial architecture covered in imposing sculpture.


Sian said...

So much to see! The flowers are beautiful

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love traveling, and I feel like I"m doing it today through your post. Thanks!

Alison said...

Those buildings are fabulous..and that market does look pretty good!
Alison xx

Amy said...

Vienna looks like a stunning city - perhaps one day I shall get there!