WOW! I was truly amazed at almost all the buildings on the Ring Road. These were built in the mid 1800’s by the
ruling Monarchy at the time. They replaced the defensive wall with a wide boulevard and lined it with impressive
building. The Parliament, the Churches, the Museums, the Palaces, and others were very impressive. We walked
over half the Ring Road today. You can tell you are off the road as you can look at the buildings. If you are not
saying “WOW” you have made a wrong turn. As you walk in and out of parks and plazas and get off the main
road, heading the wrong way can be easy. There is impressive architecture all over the city, not just on the one
road. There are trams and the hop-on hop-off buses here too. We walked today. It was cold (47 F) and when the light wind was hitting you in the face it was cold.
We went to the Belvedere Summer Palace that houses two museums. There is no reason to stay here through
winter! We have the Winter Palace for that of course and another museum there. There are about 2 miles apart
so I don’t get the reasoning, but that is a pagan talking. The Upper Belvedere museum contained some Klimt
pieces including “The Kiss” and the lower contained more of his work. There were his “three ages of a woman”
and “the dancer”. There are many more. Sally is a fan so we wanted to catch these.
On another note the M&Ms here contain an orange colored M&M. Italy had this as well.
The Winter palace was completely different. It was modern art exhibits. Got some great pictures to show you the light.
The next day we got out about 10:00 am and headed over to the Hofburg Palace (also spelled Habsburg)
Habsburg Palace Library
They had three main exhibits to see: Armor, Musical instruments and Ephesus.
The Armor was the knight type armor a hundred different types with some on horses. There were lots of early
swords, shields and guns. Some of the armor had bullet dents in them.
The Musical instruments had Pianos from1955, and 1902 and 1870. There were about 50 of them. The Violins
and all kinds of string instruments were there. Lots of horns too. The audio tour would let you hear what some
of them sounded like.
There were lots of artifacts and pictures from Ephesus - it was great to see old pictures before the renovations.
We were there 4 years ago and loved it.
We went to the Modern Art Museum and walked for 3 hours or more. Ancient Egypt and near east art - I love this
stuff. I must have been an emperor there once. Renaissance painters - Ruben, Brugel, Rembrant, Titian and other
people I don’t know too.
There were Greek artifacts and pottery. There were lots of random newer pieces - clocks, glass bowls, ivory carvings,
just too much to name. We walked our butts off, albeit at a slow pace. All 5 Museums had interesting pieces to see.
The next day was fantastic.
We got up “early” about 6:45 am and got ready to head out into the 34 degrees temperatures. Mainly to beat the 6
other people in the apartment to the bathroom and shower and we failed at that! We walked the remaining part of
the Ring Road. We, okay I, wanted to see the Grafitti at the Danube Canal. I had seen it on our last walk around the
ring and wanted to go back. IT WAS AWESOME! I took over 200 pictures in the three bridge span - Just amazing
graffiti. AND IT WAS COLD! It was 28 degrees with the windchill. And I talked Sally into one more bridge after a
warm up coffee. I took some really great photos and I will share them at some point.
Then we has lunch and took a dearly needed pee!
We relaxed a bit, looked at pictures on the last day. We were ready to go to Prague.
My photo and blog site for my 2016 travels and beyond
P.S. If you go to the destination page and click the link to locations, I share additional pictures from each trip