Vienna

Here’s a view of the Schönbrunn Palace. I didn’t go inside because it was swarmed with tourists on a Sunday and there was a 3 hour wait, but I was satisfied to roam the massive gardens. And by roam I mean skate, because it was icy out there.

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What can I say, I’ve been trained to take pictures of spiral staircases whenever I see them.

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The modern art museum. I stepped inside just long enough to see some colored lights in empty rooms. It changed my life in profound ways.

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The Hofburg palace was unbelievable. It houses the national library and one of the coolest museums I’ve ever visited, featuring crazy ancient musical instruments and wildly impractical suits of armor and weapons.

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Pictures don’t come close to showing how ridiculous this place was inside. Now I see where Vegas gets their ideas.

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Early indications that this is going to be a fantastic museum.

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Hurdy-gurdy…classic. Don’t worry, it gets better.

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If this thing doesn’t sound like crap, I would be amazed.

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Really, was this necessary?

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I have no words…

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Pumpkin head.

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Pretty cool armored horse.

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Something for the ladies.

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Sad clown armor – very intimidating.

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Hey, how you doin’?

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I also made a quick visit to the “Beethoven House” where Beethoven may or may not have lived at some point. Still, the exhibits made it worth the visit.

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With some help from a fellow horn-player who moved from Santa Barbara to Vienna and gave me some tips on the local music scene (thanks Kelsey!), I got to see some great concerts. First, Mahler 2 by the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich.

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Then, a very nice performance of Mozart’s 4th horn concerto in a cathedral, and on a Wiener-horn of course. It was cold inside the cathedral, but it had heated pews!

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2 comments

  1. That picture of the Palace looks just like the ground floor of the Bellagio in Vegas!

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