Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vienna

Boy, this blog is really taking up a lot of my time. It's surprising how much time a few paragraphs and a few uploaded pictures really demand. I'm not going to write much tonight since I have to be up for the train to Salzburg in seven hours and it usually takes me at least one to actually fall asleep.

This morning, Sarah got up and went to Vienna's premier art museum-- the Kunsthistorisches Museum (I stayed home and worked. I'm behind schedule on my bschool essays, which is really bothering me).

She came back to get me for lunch, and after a stop at a kebab and falafel stand, it was back to the palace to see the crown jewels (today's title picture is one small part of that palace). Strangely, this seems to be a place less frequented by tourists despite the fact that it actually has the best jewelry collection I have ever seen. Rick Stevessays it is the best on the entire continent. I don't know what it is about it, but in every country, I just can't keep from laughing at the Royal Orb. What the heck is that thing? I mean the crown and the scepter/beating stick I can sort of see a purpose, but the portraits all just look so goofy with the king holding this orb in his hand, yet all the monarchies do it.

I also learned that Vienna also makes pretty good cakes:

After wandering through the Hapsburg's jewelry vault, Sarah and I attended the Vienna State Opera:
Acquiring tickets was the same hectic hassle as last night's symphony, but the same amazing deal. I paid seven euros for two tickets to one of the best operas in the world. Personally I'm not much of an opera fan, but the accompanying orchestra is actually a small section of the Vienna Philharmonic, so I made an exception.

The night was capped with a walk home and a few stops for picture taking. Along the way, I ran into the biggest Advent calendar I have ever seen.
Who knows what happens on that thing when we hit December 24th.

Goodnight, Vienna. Thank you for your Bratwurst, your symphonies, and your golden palaces and churches. Farewell.

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