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Mozart contemporaries all over Vienna, particularly in Stephansplatz!
The Globe Museum
This was an impressive little museum. There were big globes and little globes, globes of the earth, of planets, of the night sky (in the inverse, of course, unless you were inside looking out.) There were even models that demonstrated how eclipses work, using candles and mirrors as the sun.
Ever wonder how they print the surface of a globe? The image on the left explains it.
The amazing Mozart lived with his wife and two children in an apartment in this building for all of 3 or 4 years. Now they've turned the entire building into a museum!!! The audio tours provided an interesting perspective on Mozart's life and times. We don't claim to be music historians, but we were surprised to learn that Mozart was a member of a Masonic order! No photos allowed inside, though.
Die Spanisch Hofreitschule
The Spanish Riding School - world famous Lipizzaner horses and riders performing amazing feats. Further, we had read that as a child Marie Antoinette learned to ride here. Training is open to the public (for a not inconsiderable fee) so we figured we had to check them out.
We watched them practicing with the young horses for an hour or so, as did all these people, and they never did anything interesting! Now there is a racket.
There was a festival of music at the Rathaus while we were in Vienna. A veritable Taste of Vienna, followed by a screening of an opera or a classical music performance! And look at the size of that screen! As in Paris, my lovely good looks got us noticed by the media. Someone will have to go to Vienna next year for this festival and listen for the girls inviting people to come to the festival!!!
Yet another beautiful setting for an art gallery.
There's only so much art a kid can handle before resorting to other ways to bide the time while mom and dad slowly wander around.
Between galleries, the kids enjoyed the round pillow seats; the only Klimt Yannis was allowed to photograph.
An interesting Ferris wheel that uses little coaches for the compartments. The was apparently where a famous scene in the movie The Third Man took place. Now we need to add this movie to our list of videos to rent!
In general, the kids have loved the European playgrounds since they always have something fun and interesting. On this day they learned to tight rope walk!
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