An Art Museum and More Wandering

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Before you look at the pictures and get confused, this was the day I hung out with Callan.  Callan forgot her camera.  She also really really really loves posing for pictures.  Therefore, she's in at least half of them.

Anyways, our first stop was to the Kunst Historiches Museum.  It started as a private collection so the type of artwork was rather limited.  There was Flemish Golden Age art including this one which I recognized from an art history textbook. 

I wasn't particularly impressed with the museum or the tour guide...but after docent training I'm even more overly critical of docents.  This one hardly let you get close enough to a painting to even see it.  Instead she stood in the middle of the room and talked about...the room...and the type of the room as a whole.  The museum also doesn't plan on expanded it's collections and doesn't buy new pieces because "there's no room for more paintings."  I thought that was a bit silly as there was plenty of wall space.  In fact, the rooms were a little sparse but they apparently were trying to avoid putting paintings on top of one another.

Afterwards, me, Callan, and my amazing directions skills decided it was possible to walk to Town Hall...or as I referred to it at the time, "ya know, that cool looking building that we haven't seen up close yet."  It took awhile, but we did actually find it!

Callan was convinced this was the building we were looking for. 

I said no, it wasn't fancy enough.  And it actually turned out just to be another piece of the Hapsburg Palace.  That's just how the Hapsburg Palace works in Vienna.  All different parts of it were built in different years and different styles.  If you come across a fancy but nondescript building in the center of the city, it's probably part of the palace.

  This was actually the real building we were looking for.  We also passed Parlament and another cool Gothic church, so we got a pretty good tour of places we had missed on the initial tour.

Before catching the bus back to Copenhagen, we capped off the day with some delicious street food near the metro station.  The following explains why Copenhagen food sucks so much.  Everyone will tell you to have a street hot dog in Copenhagen, that it's some of the best food.  Well, here is a Viennese street hot dog.

It's about 2-3x the size of a Copenhagen one.  It's put in a loaf of French Bread instead of a mini-French bread loaf made for the Copenhagen ones.  It's a sausage...not just a tasteless hot dog.  And there's multiple varieties including the kind I had where some kind of mysterious cheese had actually been squeezed into the sausage with the meat.  All this, and it was still slightly cheaper than Copenhagen.

It was so yummy that Callan, the vegetarian, ate an entire one as well.  I'm not supposed to tell anyone that, but oh well.
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