After the included (or as I like to call them “prepaid”) city tour which was half bus/half walking, we returned to the ship for a quick lunch and then took the optional complimentary (prepaid too i guess!) market tour led by Viking’s chef and concierge. We did this via the subway system which is expansive, clean and easy to navigate….however given the looks on some of the Mrs Thurston Howell’s on the tour, it may have been a new experience for some.
The market is about four blocks long and a block or so wide. The width block is divided into three sections of buildings -some permanent some appear more temporary with two relatively narrow open air sidewalks in between.
We had been led to believe via the Viking YouTube videos that the Chef actually purchased food for the ship..ah, no. But the concierge did arrange two stops for us to taste along the way. The first was mostly middle eastern while the second was all Austrian including (say it with me) Gruner Veltliner (as an FYI, I always though I was drinking “grooner-velt-line – er” but in fact it is pronounced grooner velt leaner”).
The picture above is of the two cheeses we tasted and that dark mound behind is a delicious “power bar” made by hand pressing ground up dried fruits, nuts and seeds. It was great with the cheese and wine.