Vienna is huge and when the hotel porter gave me the city map I just about hyperventilated. I’m suppsed to find a museum in all this? Well, the Old Town actualy fit on only one rectangle of the fold out map, which after finaly finding I felt a great big sense of relief. At this point in the trip we had the growing fatigue fighting with our enthusiasm, so walking all over the huge city did not appeal to us.
We saw three museums over the course of two days. The Klum….. museum was similar to the Louve, it was large and it was best to pick a section that we really wanted to see first and add on to that later. The Secession museum was started by the modern artists suceeding from the tradional style on Vienna hence it has changing contemporary exhibits on it’s two top floors and the permanent large fresco in the basement by Gustav Klimt done in his Gold period. It is a tribute to Bethoven’s fifth symphony starting with floating women signyfying longing for happiness. As the eye moves to the right the story unfolds. Klimt is not for everyone and Jason was not impressed but I loved it. The last museum, also in my opinion the most worth it was the Belvedare palace. It has a garden, currently in the process of being renovated, as well as exhibits in the lower and upper level. We went to the upper Belveder, the home of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”, which was amazing. I had no idea that it was that large. The painting was very well lit and surrounded by some of his othe works including “Judith”. The museum also had a lot of works by Egon Shiller, some by Hofman, a Reniuar, Monet, and others.
That evening Nicholas surprised us by sleeping through dinner and letting us enjoy a nice Austrian beer and dinner. The next day we were in the car for 8 hours driving to grandma’s house. It was a hard trip on Nicholas. That much time in a car was too much.