What does it feel like when you do something more often than once? Will this exciting feeling of novelty have worn off? What will it be replaced with? A feeling of recognition, of homecoming?
What the heck is she talking about? Has she taken a turn for the worse and will she be talking about her sex life? Do not worry, I am talking about my recent visit to one of Europe’s most exciting capitals.
Vienna, getting to know her
The first time I went to Vienna was ages ago, in the 70ies, together with my brother. I remember a grey town that seemed to be covered with a layer of dust, dark decaying buildings, tramcars screeching by, old women shuffling by, heads covered with dull coloured scarves and bent. A visit to some geological museum, officially closed to the public, but thanks to academic connections the doors miraculously opened for a very private viewing, showcases shed in white cloth – spooky.
And I also remember the ever present Russians in uniform.
Vienna, the comeback
The second time was in the early years of this new millennium together with my daughter when checking out the Akademie der bildenden Künste for her studies. We stayed in a nice hotel close to Schwedenplatz on the other side of the Donau.
What a difference to the first visit: the veil of grey drabness had disappeared, buildings had been restored to their former grandness, people were beautifully dressed in colours.
We went for long walks, enjoyed the new Museumsquartier, sitting outside in one of the many cafés and watch people strolling by. We saw a great exhibition by one of our favourite painters, Egon Schiele.
All good things come in three
And now the time has come for a third visit, a peaceful reunion, staying with lovely friends and relaxing in their hospitality, enjoying their romantic garden, venturing out for some sightseeing and otherwise recharging my batteries.
What strikes me these days when travelling: all towns start to resemble each other, outdoing each other with monstrous skylines. Only when you start to look closer you will discover the uniqueness.
Accompany me on a tour of Vienna and enjoy:
A beautiful Art Nouveau facade
Wiener Schnitzel – argh
Burggarten opposite Museumsquartier
Lighting candles in Stephansdom
Leschanz – one of the famous chocolatier of Vienna
Relaxing and dreaming in the secret garden (weather permitting)