Today was planned as our quiet day. Nothing much planned. We started out in light rain with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum. A long walk to get there and a long walk around the building to find the entrance and many people already in line to buy tickets. Fortunately, Margaret planned well and we arrived soon after it opened, before the Real crowds. Excuse us, we already have our tickets, excuse me, excuse me…
Hunters in Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. A pioneer in depiction of landscapes with individual persons merely elements in the scene.
Madona of the Meadow by Raphael.
A model of a ship in gold, with images on the sails.
Benvenuto Cellini’s $60 million gold-plated salt cellar, stolen in 2003 and recovered from its burial spot in the woods in 2005.
People waiting in line to buy tickets as we arrived at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. For all the wonderful art inside, the museum desperately needs to hire a good map maker to provide a better guide to the interior; and an expert in signage to label the rooms and toilettes. We recommend hiring a specialist in art history to guide you through the museum.
After the museum, we got a quick lunch at a nice cafe and then took a tour of the Opera House.
While waiting for the English tour to begin (as opposed to the German, Russian, French or Spanish tour), we watched these women working. Tired of cleaning? After today, they may perhaps move on to the next column.
Inside, from the floor of the opera house. It was rebuilt after World War II and is really quite impressive.
We were fortunate to receive a backstage tour. They have a different opera every day so all the scenery for the entire week is set up in a backstage area larger than the public space. Sections of the floor are rearranged by lowering them, moving them to their new location and then raised up again.
The opera has 180,000 costumes so most are stored in another building across the street. They have 1000 employees to keep all things running. Guide said they are the same level as the NY Met.
In the evening we attended a concert by Nigel Kennedy with orchestra and band,at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Of course, we had never heard of him before we bought tickets but we were very pleased with the concert, the comfortable seats and the audience of what appeared to be local people, not tourists.
Another picture of the concert house. No, that is not Dick in the picture. Must be a relative. You must check your coats at these concert halls and pay to do it.
We will probably not post for the next two nights. We leave Vienna on Wednesday, pick up a car and have two one-night stays on our way to Innsbruck.