The art of living

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

There is so much to do in Vienna that it is just straight up daunting! We arrived and went out and immediately felt "schleppy", even more-so than in all our previous towns. Vienna is trendy, artsy and vibrant and we just felt so “hostely”... yuck! Regardless, we quickly set out to the museum quarter which is seriously several city blocks worth of massive stone museums of all varieties. We went to a fabulous modern art museum, whose name I cannot remember right now and REALLY enjoyed ourselves! As it turns out, Nessa and I love modern art galleries, because it is a very real and hands on way to experience a culture. Perhaps at some point I should visit the art gallery in my own backyard :) After the museums quarter we started walking towards the Rathaus only to happen upon a very large film festival on its front lawn! The entire front square was tented and filled with potted palm trees, booth upon booth of various food and drink, and was even complete with a misting machine for the hot weather. Once we made our way through the wonderfulness we discovered a large screen was mounted on the side of the building and, sure enough, was going to be used to show animated operas (opera's turned into 30 minute animations) later that evening. Fabulous! We went back to our hotel, got all dressed up and came back to the Rathaus to eat supper and join the crowds for yet another authentic experience. After going to multiple cities and always only seeing the cathedral, castle and a museum (please don’t hate me for saying that) you start to feel like you’re only artificially seeing a city. Obviously Vienna is currently so much more than its cultural past, and it was very fun for us to experience its present! The next day was “music day” , as declared by Vanessa (who was maybe feeling guilty about the scientifically themed modern art gallery) and so we went to see the Musikverein, which is famous for its Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concerts (as well as being a major location in one of my favorite books). After eating some lunch we went to the Musical Instruments Museum, back in the Museums Quarter, and got too drool over old pianos and violins... as well as the amazing architecture of the building, seriously Europe EVERYTHING doesn’t have to be so freaking beautiful all the time! After the museum we sat down to a beautiful dinner on a patio, in the rain, and nessa enjoyed some wienner schnizle while I had some pasta with basil pesto. Yum! We stashed our bags and made a quick run out to the Palace (whose name I both can’t remember and done care about) which was BEAUTIFUL just a dusk! What a treat! With little time to spare we headed for the station to catch our epic night train....
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Colleen on

GORGEOUS pics! Wow, its just amazing how beautiful everything looks over there. Craziness. I especially love your hat. :)

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