Wednesday, March 22, 2017

V is for Vienna

Our trip to Vienna in spring 2015 already feels like nearly a lifetime ago. Moving to two different countries since that trip will do it to you.

Anyway, one of the highlights of this weekend trip was seeing the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Belvedere Palace. I had actually visited the palace nearly 10 years ago as part of my first European trip from the US. But being older, and of course wiser now, I feel like I appreciated seeing this beautiful 18th-century palace and ornate gardens so much more now.
The Belvedere consists of two palaces that were built in the early 18th century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt – and meant to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). Inside, the palaces house a fantastic collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day as well as more modern art from international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. Of course, you have to see the glittering Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt. So many tourists!

Unfortunately, we only had 48 hours in Vienna and we spent at least two or three of those hours at the Belvedere and then finding lunch nearby at a classic Austrian restaurant. There’s so much more I still want to see! Luckily, since we are living in London, a trip to Europe is just a click away.

I’m linking this post to the monthly travel guide link up organized by Fiona, a fellow Australian blogger, at Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures. Each month features a new letter of the alphabet. This month is the letter “V.” Please pop on over to Fiona’s blog to read more travel stories or feel free to link up your own!


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4 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

vienna is such a grand place!

Kate Morey said...

Wow, I would like to visit Vienna! Thank you for sharing your experience and useful tips!
All the best, blogger at handmadewritings

Sherry Mackay said...

We loved Vienna when we visited many moons ago. Would love to see the belvedere which we missed last time. Lucky you to be able to hop across to Europe. :))

Fiona Ryan said...

Lovely, lovely Vienna. It's been a very long time since I visited (I think it was 1996) but the two things that stand out in my mind were 1. The Belvedere Palace is where Anthony & I had a huge, huge argument that resulted in us both storming off and then being unable to locate each other (pre-mobile phone days and very early in our travelling relationship) 2. The pensione we stayed it was clean and bright but the woman who ran it had an almost gestapo like attitude to her guests when it came to her rules and regulations. Not very welcoming. Ah travel... making memories, one argument at a time. Thanks for joing in.

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