3.03.2008

Vienna

The Secession Building where the Secession movement first began (not familiar with the movement? think of the highly decorative, art noveau style of Klimt) and the building reflects the aesthetics of the movement.

The entrance to the Hofburg from Michaelerplatz. Pretty fancy, huh? But apparently not splendid enough since they had a second summer palace, Schonbrunn, just outside of the center of Vienna.
This statue of Maria Theresa sits between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum. This empress was a pretty amazing lady (and she must have thought so too since there are statues and buildings dedicated to her all over Vienna) but she had sixteen children, eleven of whom survived, and she ensured peace between nations by marrying off her children strategically and creating alliances with rival nations. What is most amazing though is this woman was one of the most powerful women of her time, ruling a vast empire, and she was either pregnant or caring for small children during most of her reign.
This is the Charles Church which we were not able to go in but the outside was pretty amazing. The huge columns (only one is shown) had a series of images from Charles Borromeo's life spiraling up the side.
Here is Tom and I (while I'm not in the picture I am taking the picture, so it counts) at Naschmarkt which the Rick Steves Guide said translates roughly to Snack Market. To Tom and I it was heaven (we are both major foodies and call Whole Foods a food museum, and also Whole Paycheck). There were fish swimming in tanks, pork roasting with the most delicious aroma, gorgeous selections of produce, and beautiful cheeses, ahhh how I love open air markets!

1 comment:

Alison said...

Lucky ducks! Between the descriptions of the Easter candy and the open air market, I'm starving-- and I just ate breakfast. :)

Glad that you're back!