Maria and Thomas were both pretty excited about what they found in their shoes this morning.
A couple of car loads of us went to Vienna this morning for Mass at the Stephansdom. We were lured by the promise of Haydn's Rorate Coeli Mass to be followed by visits to a couple of the city's many Adventmarkts. Beautiful as the Mass was in many ways, I must say that the alternation between spoken German and sung Latin (to the music of Joseph Haydn no less) is a little bit strange. Afterwards, when we finally made it to the Christkindlemarkt am Rathausplatz we were pretty hungry:
Huge baked potatoes piled high with chili con carne, bacon and onions, and ham and garlic sauce, respectively.
Das Wiener Rathaus
We stopped by another Adventmarkt in front of Schloss Schoenbrunn
Maria was a little bit afraid of St. Nicholas
Back at home, finally, we had a drink in honor of the good saint