Auf Wiedersehen Vienna! ‘Allo London

Vienna was a whirlwind tour of 48 hours. It was NOT ENOUGH TIME. Not even close.  I did manage to see some hot spots before I left.

The Cafe Museum (OF COURSE I went here, how could you doubt me??)

It was designed by Alfred Loos and it was spectacular- Check it out:

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I really loved it. It’s inviting, warm and has lots of clean lines.  It really embodies a lot of what the Viennese Secessionists were trying to do- create unfussy spaces.  The look very much bridges the period between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

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Also, I was like the only tourist in there!


The Belvedere

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This Museum is housed in the former Summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. It includes an Orangerie, formal gardens, privy gardens, upper and lower houses, stables and a former menagerie. Basically, its super swanky!

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The Upper Belvedere contains the art collections with the largest number of Klimts! Score!

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Here’s me with a friend I made. She’s cool but talks mostly in riddles. It can get rather annoying after awhile.

 

Bad jokes aside.I was able to see The Kiss and Judith among other pieces.  One thing I hadn’t realized from the photos of these pieces is the FRAMES! They are really stunning.  Gilded wood.  Naturally, no photos inside. 💩

Here’s one from the Klimt site so you can see the frame:

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DAMN.

 

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Great space, great collection, has a gallery for modern art to complement the historic collection.  Even has pieces in dialogue with the older collection.

Cons: I really needed a water fountain and couldn’t find one! It’s super big and there aren’t as many written signs as I’d like (in fairness I could’ve gotten the whispers of satan).


CAKE TIME

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After the Belvedere, I needed some water and decided to get my cake and eat it too.

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I went to the Cafe Mozart on the Albertine Square. I had the waiter suggest one- so I actually don’t know what kind it was. It was DELICIOUS and had apricot jelly.  The cafe has been open since 1704 and was just stunning inside. I purposefully sat by the cake display case:

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YUM. Also, I ordered like a jug of water with Elderflower and the waiter actually looked around to see if another person was joining me.  It’s like dude, it is hot, I sweat, let me hydrate in peace. With cake.


Vienna was my last stop before returning to London to get settled in. A lovely high note.

 

I’m currently in my residence up in North London. It’s pretty nice and better than I expected.  As many of you know, I am a nester. And I nested pretty HARD.

wha’ts that I hear?

You want a room tour?

HOLD YOUR HORSES (less carriages)

Hmmm, well that would be a good theme from my next post…

 

Also upcoming: Liberte hunts for the best burrito in London! An exciting adventure of derring-do, stunning heroism, dire mistakes  and food babies!

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