Wednesday Aug 02, 2006

Home from Vienna

Safely back from my trip to Vienna.

Donnerbrun, Neu markt Vienna

We got a lot in, from the old imperial palaces to the new republic, offices, shops, restaurants, cafes and art. On our way to the Hofburg, (the old city imperial palace and now a museum complex), we passed the Donnerbrun fountain in the Neuer Markt.

Oberes Belvedere

The following day we visited the Belvedere, another imperial age palace given over as an Art Museum, where we saw Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" and "Judith I". The Belvedere also has a broad collection of the "Secession" movement artists, but to me one of the more interesting exhibits documents the now missing pictures of "Klimt's Legacy", which after lengthy court actions in the USA & Austria are now in the USA.

Hundert Wasser Haus>

After the Belvedere to escape all the imposing, baroque, imperial and classical architecture, we visited the Hundertwasser Houses, ended up at the Prater and rode on the Ferris Wheel where I managed not to mention Cuckoo Clocks.

Ferris Wheel at the Prater, Vienna

I also discovered that Starbucks has not taken over in Vienna,where a marvelous coffee, called "Melange" is served and I managed to have some "Sachertorte" in the Hotel Sacher. Very swish!

links: Gustav Klimt (Wikipedia), my vienna pictures (flickr)

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Thursday Jul 27, 2006

Vienna, now & then!

In preparation for our trip to Vienna, we've just seen "The Third Man", again. Its a long time since I have seen it, and its interesting to watch given it is older than I am. The story seems quite different in the 21st Century.

It's reviewed by Empire here..., and while I'm sure they've rebuilt a lot, and there are no more bomb sites, it sort of set the mood for our journey. I wonder if we'll get out to the Ferris Wheel.

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