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return to Vienna, Auf Wiedersehen

after a short drive from Graz, we're back at our starting point in Vienna
after a short drive from Graz, we're back at our starting point in Vienna
here's the Secession building, a landmark of Viennese Jugendstil artists
here's the Secession building, a landmark of Viennese Jugendstil artists
a model of the building, from 1897
a model of the building, from 1897
some of the Secession artists, including Klimt and Moser
some of the Secession artists, including Klimt and Moser
out on the street, we pass a monument to Schiller
out on the street, we pass a monument to Schiller
a detail of the opera house
a detail of the opera house
Tom and Marla at a war memorial
Tom and Marla at a war memorial
in the Imperial Crypt of the Habsburgs, under the Capuchin church
in the Imperial Crypt of the Habsburgs, under the Capuchin church
30 emperors and empresses are entombed here, along with their families
30 emperors and empresses are entombed here, along with their families
back up for air, we visit a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and the city's musical past...
back up for air, we visit a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and the city's musical past...
...at the 'music house' museum
...at the 'music house' museum
a memento from the orchestra's visit to Buenos Aires
a memento from the orchestra's visit to Buenos Aires
Tom checks out a gigantic drum...
Tom checks out a gigantic drum...
...while Jay and Marla are immersed in a sound room
...while Jay and Marla are immersed in a sound room
a 3D display of sound in intensity, frequency, and time
a 3D display of sound in intensity, frequency, and time
speaking of music: the opera house at night
speaking of music: the opera house at night
and Mr. Mozart points the way back to our hotel for the night
and Mr. Mozart points the way back to our hotel for the night
the next day, we go exploring again
the next day, we go exploring again
anyone with a wreath, please hold it up!
anyone with a wreath, please hold it up!
at the Hofburg gardens, the Jugendstil butterfly house...
at the Hofburg gardens, the Jugendstil butterfly house...
...a tropical hothouse from the time of Franz Joseph
...a tropical hothouse from the time of Franz Joseph
Tom is not impressed by Marla's analysis of Papilionoidea aerodynamics...
Tom is not impressed by Marla's analysis of Papilionoidea aerodynamics...
...but the judges appear favorable
...but the judges appear favorable
still at the Hofburg, we stop in the Augustine church to listen to organ practice...
still at the Hofburg, we stop in the Augustine church to listen to organ practice...
...and rest a bit
...and rest a bit
then it's off to the Postsparkasse building again, this time inside...
then it's off to the Postsparkasse building again, this time inside...
...for a temporary exhibit on designs by Carl Hagenauer and sons
...for a temporary exhibit on designs by Carl Hagenauer and sons
but the focus in the museum is on Otto Wagner and the building he created
but the focus in the museum is on Otto Wagner and the building he created
one of the original plans submitted to the design competition
one of the original plans submitted to the design competition
an original cashier area of the savings bank
an original cashier area of the savings bank
the halls preserve original design details...
the halls preserve original design details...
...including the glass-block floors used to distribute light in the main hall
...including the glass-block floors used to distribute light in the main hall
there are also original designs for other Wagner buildings in Vienna...
there are also original designs for other Wagner buildings in Vienna...
...some of which we go visit!
...some of which we go visit!
detail of the Neustiftgasse 40 apartment builing
detail of the Neustiftgasse 40 apartment builing
detail of the Döblergasse 4 building around the corner
detail of the Döblergasse 4 building around the corner
and now we are off on a streetcar across town...
and now we are off on a streetcar across town...
...to visit the Landstrasse district...
...to visit the Landstrasse district...
...home to the Hundertwasserhaus
...home to the Hundertwasserhaus
another Vienna landmark building, from the 1980's
another Vienna landmark building, from the 1980's
just a block away are some heavyweight architectural competitors, however
just a block away are some heavyweight architectural competitors, however
a bird theme on this building
a bird theme on this building
nearly all the buildings on this block are beautifully ornamented
nearly all the buildings on this block are beautifully ornamented
another 20th-c. artwork
another 20th-c. artwork
heading across the old town center, we pass many other marvels
heading across the old town center, we pass many other marvels
this was the business office of a coffee trader
this was the business office of a coffee trader
an image of coffee growing
an image of coffee growing
is this really the only photo of the three of us?
is this really the only photo of the three of us?
on the Graben by Stephansdom, more architectural details
on the Graben by Stephansdom, more architectural details
on the Kohlmarkt
on the Kohlmarkt
at Michaelerplatz, demons lose again
at Michaelerplatz, demons lose again
visible Roman roots to Vienna
visible Roman roots to Vienna
sunset on the Heldenplatz
sunset on the Heldenplatz
looking across the Volksgarten on our way 'home'
looking across the Volksgarten on our way 'home'
our last morning in Vienna, we head into the Neubau...
our last morning in Vienna, we head into the Neubau...
...a small but active neighborhood west of the Museumsquartier
...a small but active neighborhood west of the Museumsquartier
then out to Linke Wienzeile, the left bank of the Vienna river...
then out to Linke Wienzeile, the left bank of the Vienna river...
...home to many architectural gems across from the Naschmarkt
...home to many architectural gems across from the Naschmarkt
here's a pair of Otto Wagner buildings
here's a pair of Otto Wagner buildings
No. 40 is the 'Majolica House', with floral decoration by Alois Ludwig
No. 40 is the 'Majolica House', with floral decoration by Alois Ludwig
No. 38 has decoration by Koloman Moser
No. 38 has decoration by Koloman Moser
time to move on again!
time to move on again!
back at St. Stephen's cathedral, a nice set of memorials attached to the exterior
back at St. Stephen's cathedral, a nice set of memorials attached to the exterior
and on the Graben again, our eyes zoom out and in
and on the Graben again, our eyes zoom out and in
another Wagner building, the Ankerhaus
another Wagner building, the Ankerhaus
now back to the Hofburg, we visit the national library in the State Hall
now back to the Hofburg, we visit the national library in the State Hall
it's an 18th-c. library building with 200,000 books from 1501 to 1850...
it's an 18th-c. library building with 200,000 books from 1501 to 1850...
...and an exhibition space
...and an exhibition space
the collections are registered in UNESCO's memory of the world program
the collections are registered in UNESCO's memory of the world program
some volumes are out for digitizing; Austria plans to put the entire collection online soon
some volumes are out for digitizing; Austria plans to put the entire collection online soon
leaving the Hofburg complex...
leaving the Hofburg complex...
...we head for the Kunsthistorisches museum
...we head for the Kunsthistorisches museum
the late 19th-c. building itself is a marvel
the late 19th-c. building itself is a marvel
lunettes by 19th-c. artists, of artists from earlier periods
lunettes by 19th-c. artists, of artists from earlier periods
Klimt pays tribute to his sources in classical and Egyptian art
Klimt pays tribute to his sources in classical and Egyptian art
the collection of European art is deep; here, Titian's 'Gypsy Madonna'
the collection of European art is deep; here, Titian's 'Gypsy Madonna'
we concentrate on the oldest parts of the galleries, starting with works from the Near East
we concentrate on the oldest parts of the galleries, starting with works from the Near East
an impressive collection of mummies and cases
an impressive collection of mummies and cases
a spectacular carved sarcophagus...
a spectacular carved sarcophagus...
...with reliefs inside and out...
...with reliefs inside and out...
...on top of lovely marble
...on top of lovely marble
the gallery itself is wonderful, a late-19th-c. delight
the gallery itself is wonderful, a late-19th-c. delight
moving into the Greek and Roman gallery
moving into the Greek and Roman gallery
the lighting in the galleries is probably the best we've seen
the lighting in the galleries is probably the best we've seen
at day's end, Austria bids us farewell...
at day's end, Austria bids us farewell...