The most striking thing I saw in Vienna was an exhibition by artist Gerhard Richter, at the Albertina Museum.
Usually photography doesn't captivate me, but I was riveted by this exhibit.
It looks as though he's just blurring the photos, or applying a swiping effect. Perhaps one day I will try this on my own photos to make them more artistic.
Here are my own boring unaltered photos from the past week in Vienna:
The inside of St. Stephen's cathedral, at night.
Venetians on the street, dressed up for Mardi Gras.
A sculpture in a square.
A car getting towed. This is different from the US, where tow trucks drag the car on its two rear wheels.
Austrian food has a lot of sausages, pickles, schnitzel. It was good, but after a few days, my body craved vegetables.
An Austrian friend said that cold cuts and breads is a common dinner. I like this practice of eating the most extravagant meal midday and having the dinner be a denouement.
Driving from Tulln, a suburb of Vienna. I took this photo from the car. Hey, I just noticed that it has the blurring and swiping effect. Watch out, Gerhard Richter!
The Albertina Museum was one of the most lovely museums I've seen.
The cafe inside the Albertina. Unfortunately it stopped serving food and drinks by the time I got to it.
The salon of Sisi, former empress of Austria. She met the emperor Franz when he came for a brief stay at her parents' palace. He was there to meet Sisi's older sister, Nene. But when he saw the lovely Sisi, he fell right away in love.
Sisi refused to accept him, out of loyalty for her sister (girl code!). So Franz pressed her hand by holding a betrothment ceremony. In front of everyone, he walked in with the engagement bouquet, right past Nene with outstretched arms, and presented the flowers to Sisi. What a scandal! Truly they were the Brangelina of their time.
Eileen on the train. We had a pleasant train ride.
I like train travel in Europe. It's efficient, since you can arrive 15 minutes prior to departure instead of 90 minutes for the airport. Also there is more personal space around each seat, and interesting scenery out the window.