Yes, it was our day for watching the Lipizzaner stallions work out in the morning. They are not performing this month – all worn out from the holidays – but they do get put through their basic paces each day, and don’t mind an audience. I ‘mistakenly’ took a few shots.
Yes, I always thought they were the Hapsburgs, too. But when in Vienna, go with the flow. We are fortunate to be staying just down the street from the Hofburg (yet another variant) Palace, where Franz Josef – basically the last of the monarchs of the Austrian Empire – ruled with his eccentric empress, “Sisi.”