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Vienna, V

August 23, 2011


It’s a tribute to the tolerant nature of the Viennese that they will name a street after even the most benighted of us. Peggy says we could use a few of those in L.A.

Friday, August 19

Late start today – did only one museum.

A memorial to the victims of war in the Albertinaplatz.

The fiakers (horse-and-buggies) outside the Albertina. These are found in almost every platz where traffic is allowed in the center city.

The Albertina. We went there to see their collection of Klimt and Schiele art, but we were disappointed to find that only a small fraction of their collection was on display. This turned out to be true for just about every museum we visited.

Gustav Klimt, by the way, is a mini-industry in Vienna. If I can remember, I’ll snap a photo of the typical Klimt souvenir display, which includes prints, postcards, bookmarks and refrigerator magnets. These are found anywhere there is the remotest connection with art, whether or not there is any of his work on display.

On the way home we stopped at the Goethe statue on the Opernring to rub his left toe, figuring that it must be lucky, since it was so shiny.

Saturday, August 20

Saturday we went to the Naschmarkt (snack market), which is an open-air market for produce and other edibles, and on Saturday there is a flea market at the bottom end.

We had coffee…

This kid jumped up to be photographed at his family’s noodle stand.

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Exotic fruits, spices, more different kinds of olives than we’ve ever seen, and much, much more.

To round out our day we finished our traversal of the Ringstrasse, starting at Schwedenplatz and ending back at the Staatsoper. Above is a shot of the Votivkirche, taken from a tram stop on the Schottenring.

This is the Cafe Landtmann, one of the most venerable of Vienna’s coffee shops, on the Dr-Karl-Lueger-Ring. Just beyond is the Burgtheater.

Just across the street is the Rathaus complex, which includes the Rathaus park, the Rathausplatz, and the Rathaus (city hall) itself. Every night during July and August a movie of some symphonic concert, opera or ballet is shown on a gigantic screen set up in front of the Rathaus, and food and drink is served up from stands on the platz. We stopped for a beer before heading home, but we went back Monday. More on that later.


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