Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Holidays in Vienna

Last week's photos of Christmas in Vienna just scratched the surface of the holiday ambiance, so we are showing some more. This statue of Johann Strauss in Stadtpark, the large city park, is a favorite, and of course Vienna is synonymous with classical music. We could see this statue from the window of our room at the Marriott Hotel on the Ringstrasse.
A church in downtown Vienna near the Imperial Palace.
The side of St. Stephen's cathedral shows its elaborately decorated pattern of roof tiles. My husband took this photo on an early morning weekend walk to get some breakfast pastries, which explains why there were no people on the street. I do not do early morning walks. I sleep in and await Dave's return and his report on the weather and what he has seen. And of course I do not hesitate to comment upon whether I approve of his selections for breakfast.
The Kunthistorisches Museum is the main museum of Vienna and has a diverse collection of art and decorative arts, and antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. It was built from 1971-1891 at the direction of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
Christmas decorations on one of the shopping streets in downtown Vienna add to the festive holiday mood.
Church interiors in Vienna explode in baroque decorations. This is above the altar in St. Stephen's Cathedral.
This is an alcove in Nikki's Restaurant in Vienna, one of our favorites. There is a staircase down to a barrel vaulted, brick wine cellar with delightful areas to sit for a drink.
OK, you know what this is. But take a look at the marble statue on the left. When you flush, the figure gives an assist from his perch on the ledge (according to my husband, who took this photo and told me about it). This is also in Nikki's restaurant.

10 comments:

brattcat said...

These are wonderful! I particularly like the church interior and the intricate roof...but I'm wondering what kind of 'assist' that little stature offers.

Lois said...

Those are all beautiful pictures Julie! The church is gorgeous. I like the last picture too--very funny!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Brattcat,
I will try to answer your question delicately, given the subject matter of the last photo.

The figure assists with the function of the flushing by engaging in behavior that replicates the immediately past behavior of the person who had been standing in front of the fixture that caused the need for flushing.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Excellent trip, beautiful place very good pictures!

JM said...

All shots are wonderful, but the first one is just WOW! Great post!

Chuck Pefley said...

Fun to visit with you in Vienna, vicariously, of course. I can just imagine what the little statue might contribute by way of assistance -:)

Mirela said...

One of my favorite cities... I hope you have visited Karlskirche (my favorite church in Vienna, much more glorious than the Cathedral). It's hard to decide when Vienna is at its best, though I do agree that a solid dose of Gluhwein does make pre-Xmas visits much better :-D...

Wolynski said...

Wow, beautiful photos of Vienna. Sole lovely images on this blog - love the jelly fish.

Leesa said...

I LOVEEEEE Wein... One of my favorite cities! Did you go to the Nascht Markt?? It's amazing!

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