A Travellerspoint blog

September 2010

Flight

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Fllight with Austrian Airlines. I like to fly with Austrian because of polite service and good food.

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We are leaving, but someone just landing.

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And here is Danube!

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It's it - clouds and clouds, nothing else...

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The Last Day

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So, it's the last day - we are leaving 2morrow morning. A little bit sad. Morning we rollerbladed. It was low dark sky, almost purple and it looked like rain is near. Last week was rainy and cool and water got too cold for sweeming. But it became so transperent that u can mention each stone and also fishes: small, medium and very large. We have seen few snakes in the way. Everything is yet green but it feels autumn.

Meantime we were skating, mom made last (enormous!) grossery shopping and prepared lunch; and then, after lunch, we were just packing - it took too long as we have lotsa not standard staff in our laggage. Normally I pack for advance, at least the main part, but this time it was different because of rollerblades - we wanted to skate at the morning, and they (boots) is the largest and the most un-convincional (-comfortable) part of laggage. I think our package may look kinda weird to you: it's very little dress, half of it is sport-dress. About 6 pairs of different sun-glasses, variety of sun-block creams of differ proposas, perfume (present from mom), various maps and other tourist information, then cheeses, sausages and apples; cataloges from the beloved Hein Gericke (bikes!) store, travel-bear and his (bear's) best friend seal (also a toy). There are aslo: additional wheels and tools for repairment, and then "normal" staff like laptop, camera, various chargers, etc.

I leave here: mom & Roger, 1st of all. Friends and buddies. Big fishes near Police Sport-club. My old rollerblades. Japaneese, who makes weird exersises. Language that I could begin to understand soon, if I'd be staying here longer. The old lady and old dog which is so white, like it was cleaned with chlor! Etc.

Now I wish you good night. It's time to sleep if I don't want to miss the flight tomorrow!

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Vienna at the last glance

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No, it's not a try to find something new at the last moment. Just walk in the city, three of us: Andre, mom and me and few photos, that I took on the way.

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I don't say Hofburg is not important, but I love those cute little glances on Vienna. This kitty lives in the bookstore. He should be very educated!

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Art Nouveau Clock, bult like a bridge between two buildings of the Anker Insurance Company.
Twice a day, at 12, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge.

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To b shaved in Vienna. It's not just barbery shop, but oda to shaving.

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Ladies first!

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This Turkey is a door detail of Kinsky Palace.

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ohh.. this girl. Gorgeous!

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and... strudel in Gerstner - to kill for it!

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It's large square in city center, next to Stadtpark, Karlsplaz, numerous museums, theatre, concert hall, etc.

Palais Schwarzenberg is a baroque palace in front of Schwarzenbergplatz , Landstraße, the 3rd district of Vienna. Today, parts of it are a five star hotel (closed until 2012 due to renovation works) and the building is used for festivities and events.

Lovely building of French Embassy (on the photo below)

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Russians' Memorial on Schwarzenplaz, sandwiched between Palais Schwarzenberg (of the family of Bohemian nobleman) and geyser-kind fontain was built in 1945 to commemorate 17,000 soviet soldiers that died in the course of the Battle for Vienna (WWII).

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Several attemps to blow it up with explosives were preveted with the Austrian police and vandalism occurs rather frequently - damages have been fixed by Republic of Austria according to the state treaty. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the similar memorials in other European countries the debate has been fuelled once again in early 1990th. But Russian Soldier is still there.

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Rust & Eisenstadt

Small Historic Towns in Austria

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Rust

The "royal free city" of Rust - the city of storks and fine wines.
We spent a day in Rust , which is lovely town at lake-side, next to border with Hungary. It's 2 hrs by bus from Vienna, unfortunatelly no direct train there. Rust is famous for:
local wines, which still producted by traditional way

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well preserved architecture, includes
The Fischerkirche (Fishermen's Church) which dating back to the 11th century.

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and storks
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THE STORK AND THE HERON
Once upon a time, in little Austrian town on the lake shore, single and handsome Stork met white and elegant Heron. It was Lonely Heron (so Stork thought). Stork cast interested glances, he opened and closed its wings and made signs - all in vain. Heron staid cold. Then Stork came closer and started a promo-conversation about the weather and coming fall, but she showed him her slim back and continued slow walking - as if he was an empty place! Stork used all possible tricks to attract her: he was delicate, tender, agressive, fun, spontaneous, intelligent and even patheticaly sad. Nothing worked! And then ... Stork's wife appeared, and she took Stork back to the nest.

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Rust is photogenic and I took much more photos then I could upload.
So, here is a photostream with very little comments.

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The Stadttor - Gate into town walls

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The Rathaus Square - main square of Rust

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Unfortunatelly it was a market day and narrow streets of old town were filled with kiosks, mainly saling asian goods.

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Beautiful and sweet Auge Gottes on the main square.

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Local Museum

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and another entrance into the center.

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View on the town from the lake (below)
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and here is the Neusiedl Lake.
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The old Fire Tower (I think so)

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Famous Romanesque Fisherman's Church - the building dating back to the 11th century. The name "Fischerkirche" has historical origin: legend says about the Fisherman from Rust who saved life of Queen Mary of Hungary. Being very thankful she gave money for Chapel of St. Mary, which is a part of this church.

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Later the church passed some more improovements and reconstructions - both, Gothic and Baroque, but most of changes were inside. The last and the newest "addition" was organ, which dating back to 1705. Organ is still located in the choir chancel, is the oldest (still playable!) organ in the province of Burgenland.
There are beautiful fresqoues inside. If you want to see the interior better - look it in my photos on travellerspoint.com.Rust_Fisch.._inside.jpg

On this photo below - Evangelische Kirche of Rust. It's sitting next to Fisherman's Church. Rust didnt seem to me t religious place, but there are numerous churches - pretty much for little town.
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And the next one is Catolish, I guess
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Eisenstadt

Eisenstadt is the capital of Burgenland. The home-place of Joseph Haydn, who used to live and work in the baroque Eszterhazy Palace, and buried in Bergkirche.

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Bergkirche better known as Josef Haydn's Kirche
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It's something unusual in construction of this church. It "sits" freely lounging, non-spiritual, but down to earth and seems more human being then God 's providence.

Schloss Esterházy
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Beautiful baroque palace, houses exhibitions, music concerts and various events.

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Rathaus (City Hall), dating to 16th century

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About the death. I have to say that these ppl has special relations with the death. It seems that they are not scared at all from the death, but kinda interested how it is going in details and (they are) seing beautiful and romantic side of it. I have numerous photos of art objects from Austria and from Bavaria (Germany) which connected to the death issue, all of them look like calm, resting, sleeping and satisfied. I have to say quite attractive.
I like this point of view :-)

How to get there

It's a bit tricky to get there from Vienna, if your are not local one.
Train exsists, but train station in Eisenstadt is far away from the city center, and Rust, I afraid, impossible to get by train at all.
So, here is direct connection by bus 566 from Südtiroler Platz (U1) in Vienna. Bus runs like each 0,5 hr to/ from Eisenstadt, and a bit less friquently to Rust. Whole the trip takes about 1-1,5 hr each direction. You buy the ticket in the bus, it costs about 8 EU full price and about 1/2 of it for kids, students, pensioners, etc.

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Frida Kahlo

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Here is Frida Kahlo Exhibition, which was just opened today and will be running for next 3 monthes in Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna.
"The myth surrounding the Mexican artist has taken on global format; Frida is an icon with star character: an identification figure of Mexican culture, forerunner of the feminist movement, a brand promoted..."

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The exhibition is big, includes paints, drawings and sketches, also biography cut-ups and photos. Actually, I went there to test myself - if I missed anything and she is really brilliant artist or... whatever.
So, what I found there.

1. F.K., who most of her life was painting disgusting self-portraits, looks pretty woman on photos. Well, there r all professional photos: accurately composed, lighted and fixed shots, nothing is spontaneos there. She appears extremelly self-confident person, active, powerful and she seems depressive type.

2. It's nothing weird in painting self-portraits, every painter is doing that - just because this "model" is always avaliable for posing. BUT I can't share her (F.K.'s) great interest to herself - it seems me empty, artifial and just boring.

3. About her paints - it's something strange here: there are few which are quite good, can say masterpieces, and others which are so weak that don't deserve even criticism.

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