Vienna the capital of the Austria!Â Â Â It was great we came in onÂ the national Â holiday of neutrality.Â The old school Austrian EmpireÂ Â was ran by a royal dynasty called the Hapsburg’s.Â TheyÂ were on the losing sideÂ of World War I in 1918 and had their Empire cut up into much smaller pieces Â until it became the current size.Â Â ThenÂ we, the (winners), forced them to become forever neutral.Â Â The Austrians celebrate their forced neutrality becauseÂ it marked the day the Â Russians finally left their country and no longer occupied it.Â Â Â The best part there was a huge fair with music and tanks and all of the museums were half off.Â Whoo hoo!Â Â Â Plus, I had a pretzel, and I love giant pretzels!Â It was like the giant pretzels for Oktoberfest in Muchen.Â Yummy!
In all of my art history books from high school to college, the very first picture of art was 25 thousand (yes 25,000) years old,Â give or take a 1000 years.Â Â Each year I would remember seeing this piece in my school books. Â It was aÂ primitive sculpture of a woman called the “Venus of Willendorf”.Â Imagine how old that is.Â Â I mean Egypt was not even hitting the good times until 3000 B.C.Â Â That is one old sexy bitch!Â Â The experts are not quite sure what she was for.Â Â Â SomeÂ say that she has no face because of the hair style, while other sayÂ sheÂ could have beenÂ a facelessÂ Â fertility symbol.Â Having allÂ that fat makes for good babies.Â Â I amÂ sure that it was not easy gaining all that weight while doing theÂ hunting and gatheringÂ thing.Â Â No McD’s around.Â Â A healthyÂ child bearing woman may have been a plump woman.Â Â So being voluptuous was dead sexy back then.Â
Â The next day we saw one of my favorite artists Gustav Klimt.Â His golden works are amazing and I loved his most famous painting “The Kiss”.Â Â It’s golden delicious.Â The paint was so beautiful and yummy looking like you could eat it.Â Klimt actually painted gold leaf on to the canvas to give it that shiny golden colour.Â His use of colorful patters in the flowers, background and especially the robes is exquisite.Â Note how the man’s robe is made of more powerful rectanglesÂ in comparisonÂ to the woman’s softer circular patterns.
That sums up 2 days in Vienna!