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111 Places

Place 11. “The Bonbons,” from “111 Places in Vienna That You Shouldn’t Miss.”

A shop as sweet on the inside as it smells, Vienna’s oldest candy store that first opened in 1936. A visit inside reveals nostalgic candies alongside the newest vegan and fair trade chocolates. Truly something for every sweet tooth.

There exists a book, “111 Places in Vienna That You Shouldn’t Miss.”  Recently I happened upon a second-hand copy and thought it might contribute more meaning to my wandering. Of course I do not plan to wander in numerical order. This is Place 7. “Dissolved Ties”

For the latter half of its 1.000 year existence (with one tiny three-year exception), the Holy Roman Empire was ruled by Habsburg emperors.

In 1806, with Napoleonic France being a pain in the Habsburg backside of Emperor Francis II stood on the balcony of this church and dissolved the empire; then proclaimed himself Emperor of Austria.

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