• Valerie Nijssen

What I Did Today - Spending Easter in Vienna 1

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

Hi everyone!

Last weekend I was really lucky as I got to spend some time in Vienna with 3 fabulous ladies. We had such a great time and were able to take a lot of pretty photos which I really wanted to share with you. In order to not over do one blogpost with heaps of pictures I will devide them in a few posts. Vienna was absolutely stunning, such a beautiful and big city which holds way to many pretty things to tick off in one weekend. I hope if you visit Vienna one day that you will fall in love with it as much as we have. 

I chose to pack the Erdem Sophia dress for the first day, as it was still a little chilly I had the Seraphiné Natasha coat with me. We visited Schönbrunn palace which is the famous former imperial summer estate due to its well known inhabitants kaiser Franz Joseph and his beautiful kaiserin Elisabeth (or Sissi as she is called by most). It was so interesting to learn more about the real Sissi during our visit, a lot of the things we know are based off of the hit movie series 'Sissi' when she was played by beautiful Romy Schneider in the late 19th century. Nothing could be further from the truth though...

It still remains fascinating to me that the monarchy then and sometimes even now is so focussed on keeping up the charade that they live such a privelliged and superior life compared to the rest of us ordinary people. It is the harsh truth that none of the people trusted into that role rarely ever enjoyed a happy life. Sissi is a example of a girl who did not enjoy royal life at all, a lot of things about her really reminded me of Diana.

It is heartbreaking to hear what she went through during her lifetime and it gives a true understanding what the royal life is actually like. Although I love the monarchy I would never want to trade shoes with them. The constant interest, scrutiny and pressures are too much to bear. It makes me admire Kate even more for being brave enough to face all of that in order to be with the man she loves. 

Now normally I would wear this dress with a pair of navy or burgundy court heels, but since we had to walk a lot during the day I sensibly chose to pack a pair of ballerina flats instead. We did a little impromptu photoshoot in the palace gardens as we were not permitted to take any photos inside of the palace or musea. Sadly therefore I can't really show you anything from the exhibitions and ellaborate state appartments we saw. I hope these photos kind of make up for that and that you will get a impression of the beautiful Schönbrunn palace.

Me and my mom with the palace gardens at Shönbrunn palace.

Romy Schneider at the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens as Sissi in 1956.

That wraps up the first post! If you would like to see more of my trip to Vienna be sure to check back soon for the following posts. If you prefer to be notified of any future posts feel free to subscribe to the mailing list which is situated on the left of the page.

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