|Kunsthistorisches (art history) Museum|
|Where we searched for the underground station|
The next morning we were off wandering perhaps a quarter mile where with the help of a friendly Viennese gentleman, we found the local Straussgassehaus station.
We took the underground to Stevenplatz (Steven's plaza). Exiting the station we found ourselves in a huge plaza with loads of tourists, facing a large church (I'm guessing St. Steven's).
|Facing the 'underground' entrance in Stevenplatz|
|We took the time to join tourists for a quick view inside the cathedral|
|Much paperwork to procure a ticket|
Jo, happy with her ticket for a concert tonight featuring Motzart, Strauss, Beethoven and other famous musicians of Wien (Vienna).
The interior of the St. Stephan's Cathedral was of course, beautiful. I wanted to buy everything in the gift shop, but restrained myself - a reoccurring & unfortunate theme for the day.
Following a brief tour of the cathedral, we found our way, perhaps another quarter mile on, to one of my favorites - an 'get on, get off' double decker tour bus. That was all the Vienna I am getting this trip so I kept my eyes open for where I wanted to actually get off the bus and tour.
|As one would expect, lots of impressive statues and such|
|King Neptune and his sea-steeds, at a palace? Nope, its a traffic turn-turnaround|
|St. Francis of Assisi|
|The Tower by the Danube|
The Vienna Tower which has a Seattle type restaurant at its top. Found out it also has a... wait for it... bungie jumping platform. Um... not even on a dare...
|The remnant of the old Jewish quarter of the city|
|Nearly antique whirly ride at the Prater|
|Prater centerpiece - the Giant Ferris Wheel|
|And this little Prater piggy is an ATM machine|
|The bus crossed the Danube numerous times|
|Maria Teresa Statue that sits between the Art and Natural History museums|
This adorable & picturesque mini-pachyderm stands in front of the Natural Museum steps
The little guy seems to enjoy all the attention, not to mention all the selfies.
|The museum entryway |
|The massive marble stairway leading up to exhibits|
And there were so many categories of exhibits to visit, it was overwhelming. My path through room after room of exhibits - both modern in style and old type exhibits from the 19th century that in themselves all double as antiques. My favorites were easily the endless cases exhibits of wildlife, both contemporary and extinct. The joy of world class specimens!
|Skeletons of the massive extinct Moa birds from New Zealand|
As most of the exhibits were in German, I could only absorb so much info. For example, is this an actual skin of a long extinct Dodo or a thoughtfully reconstructed recreation of the bird?
|Massive skeleton of extinct Irish Stag|
|Room after room of stuffed creatures pillaged from around the world|
|Lots of 'old style' museum exhibits like these of different kinds of deer species|
|Stained Glass displaying the beauty of diatoms|
|Did not linger in the hall of entomology|
Though the wildlife displays had my eye, there were other displays of botany, entomology, fishes of the world, and a long time favorite, gemology in competition. for my attention. It was entertaining to see a display that omitting 'doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles' managed to combine two of my very favorite things, ornithology and minerology. Humm... might have been nicer had the birds been alive. The exhibit explained how many birds have gemstones as their namesake.
|A Topaz Hummingbird and Topaz|
|A Lazuli Bunting and a Lapis Lazuli stone|
Topaz Hummingbird & Topaz gem
A Lazuli Bunting and its namesake Lapis Lazuli stone
Here is a brief blip - only about 90 seconds longer than my attention span. A look at a heat sensitive video cam, which was fun as I've only ever seen such cameras on television shows, and a CGI of extinct lions.
Toured the museum for hours, and had lunch there at the elegant cafe there.
|Beautiful dome by the little museum cafe|
|Pretty, fishy toys, stuffed, like many of the museum's inhabitants|
|Amazing bird calls, each type as unique as the bird it mimics (how did I not buy one???)|
|Let's face it, that's a lot of toys|
There was one thing I am kicking myself for not buying. I could have I-kid-you-not, bought genuine, gathered in Siberia, Mammoth hair from the an animal long gone during the Pleistocene era. What was I thinking not buying at least a bag of that stuff? I will never forgive myself for passing it up.
I could have carded this with my Alaskan Quiviet (muskoxen undercoat) to spin up and knit into a rarest of the rare knit scarf. Rats.
Are you tired of proxy wandering around Vienna? Let's end this post here and I'll continue it in a bit. I promise.