Kaffee Alt Wien

It is our final night in Vienna.

Ken brought Cholo and I, along with his friends to Kaffe Alt Wien – a traditional Viennese Cafe that has been established in 1922 and was/is part of “Viennese Coffee House Culture” . This actually played a role in shaping Viennese culture.

Traditional Viennese Cafes are listed as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO. So Cholo and I are grateful to have experienced something as authentic as this. Kaffe Alt Wien has developed into a night cafe as the years rolled by.

This cafe was inherited by Leopold Hawelka and his wife,  Josefine in 1936. By 1939 they opened their own cafe, Café Hawelka (another cafe listed as part “Viennese Coffee House Culture”), which Ken, Cholo and I briefly passed on our way home. You can see us standing by the door of the cafe with a group of friends on the last photo.

Winter Palace of Prince Eugene

Prince Eugene Of Savoy spent his winter months here then during the summer, he used to spend it at the Belvedere.

This palace was bulit in 1697.


Leopold Museum

Vienna Art Fair 2015

Dinner Party With Friends Of Old and New

We arrived in Vienna just in time for a small dinner party.

There were two “old” friends, the rest of the dinner party were filled with new acquaintances.


Palais Kinsky

We are now at Palais Kinsky for the Im Kinsky lectures – everything was about modern art.

This magnificent Baroque palace doubles as an auction house.

I love the fresco above the grand staircase!

A Dash Through Dorotheum

Dorotheum is the largest auction house in Central Europe.

Cholo and I, together with our friend Ken, was on our way to an art lecture in some palace when Ken said, “Let’s pass by Dorotheum muna.” He must have read my thoughts because he quickly followed up by telling us that the auction house is actually open to those who wish to see the pieces that are going up for auction.

There is actually a small kiosk inside where you can purchase pieces that are not up for auction.

This was established in 1707.


The Venus Of Willendorf

I had to visit the Natural History Museum Vienna again just to see this, the Venus of Willendorf. When I first visited the museum a few days ago, her dedicated area was closed for renovations. Lucky for me it was scheduled to reopen while I was still in Vienna – or else I would have been EXTREMELY disappointed.

I created a charcoal rendition of this once in college, I think It was for my History Of Art class. So to see this before my very eyes was important. I have been a fan of the Earth’s Children series by novelist Jean M. Auel since Second Year High School and I have read all of the books, namely:

The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Valley of Horses
The Mammoth Hunters
The Plains of Passage
The Shelters of Stone
The Land of Painted Caves

This series actually incorporates this venus into the story – and here I am being all geeky and nerdy having a “fan girl” moment.

If anything, the thing that surprised me the most it’s size. It was very tiny.