Oh! The smell of cinnamon and Glühwein in the air, the warmth of mittens, the harsh bite of the winter wind. Christmas time and winter, in general, are very special in Vienna. You can see it, feel it and live it everywhere. But our favourite part of winter in our hometown is going ice-skating...
Do you know that feeling of excitement that leads to opening your Christmas presents? It grows in you with every day of December that brings you closer to the big day. And then it's there, the magical evening. You run under the tree and open everything that has your name on it. You get overwhelmed with emotions and gratefulness for all the gifts and all the people that thought about you. And then the magic starts to fade away. Slowly, slowly. The magical moment has passed. But wouldn't it be nice to have these feelings for a little longer than a day?
We have planned everything. Kate was flying from New York, bringing with her a beautiful gown. It was April in Vienna, so we planned to have a nice outdoor photoshooting, in the blooming parks and the elegant streets of the Austrian capital. We have spent days before her trip preparing every shot. And then it happened. Rain. For the entire period of Kate's stay. Our plan was ruined. Or at least that how we felt at the that moment.
Three cruise ships are anchored offshore. In the distance, like in a game of Lego, five windmills are sitting still, in the lights of the city. On the left side, on the top of a hill, the last plane of the day is ready to take off. And everywhere you can see the white and red lights of the cars, meandering up and down through the rocky relief. Yes, we arrived in Mykonos, probably the busiest island in the Cyclades!
The sound of small bells fills the room. On the side of the bed the phone starts vibrating. It's 5 am, on our vacation. In any other condition waking up at this hour would be a pain (more for Liliia than for George). But during vacation, 5 am can only mean one thing: sunrise photos.
It felt like for an hour Vienna was back in time. Not long, like one hundred years or so. In front of Stephansdom, everybody stopped to see our lovely couple, Zara and Hakob. Her beautiful dress and intricate tiara made Zara look like a contemporary Sisi, the beloved Austrian princess.