Goodnight, Vienna

The second of four different posts featuring musings and thoughts about our recent trip to Europe.

In my mind, I always thought of Vienna as a city of art, music and culture.

I was pleased to find that it did not disappoint.

Vienna was the second city we visited on our European adventure. We arrived courtesy of a rented Ford Fusion, checking into a hotel that was once again in the heart of the city, only these accommodations proved to be a bit more cramped than our rooms in Europe. But that didn’t matter – we weren’t there to stay in a room we were ready to explore.

We started out by visiting Schonbrunn Palace. Sorry, I know nothing about the history of this place. The only thing I can say is that the grounds were immense. Though we couldn’t go in the palace, we were free to walk around the grounds – which could have taken hours had we gone from one end to the other. The views were stunning.

Schoenbrunn Palace grounds

Schonbrunn Palace grounds

 

It seemed that everywhere we went, we were surrounded by history. So it only made sense to try and take in a little history of our own by visiting a few museums. Though their history museum was closed that day, we did pay a visit to Vienna’s Art Museum where Catherine and Michael struck a pose similar to one of the pieces on display. Again, I have no idea what the name of the actual piece is or what significance it may have had. We were tourists on cruise control.

Catherine and Michael strike a pose similar to the piece on display in the museum.

Catherine and Michael becoming modern art

The real thing

The real thing

 

Our wanderings led us to the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and though none of us pretend to be classical music lovers, we did enjoy learning more about the life of this extraordinarily gifted man who craved the spotlight and loved to gamble. Rock me, Amadeus!

Our two days there were exhausting. My fitbit reached more than 23,000 steps on one of the days but they were well worth the effort. Of course all that wandering built up both a hunger and a thirst and we managed to satisfy both each night – the first night with an awesome outdoor evening meal enjoying some wienerschnitzel and beverages and the second night watching Austria take on Hungary in a Euro Cup game at a sidewalk cafe.

We seemed more interested in the Austria-Hungary game then just about everyone else.

We seemed more interested in the Austria-Hungary game then just about everyone else.

 

Our stay seemed like a short one. There was so much more to see. But we were on a schedule, so after two long days, it was “Goodnight, Vienna. I barely got to see ya.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming

My apologies to all my subscribers for not pushing out any blog posts for almost the last three weeks.

I’ve been gone.

First, a family trip to Europe where we met up with our son, Michael, who spent the last month studying in Prague through a program sponsored by the University of Missouri-Columbia. His studies were over when we arrived and we began our journey by touring Prague and then made our way to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.

More details to follow.

We got home very late on a Sunday night and on Monday, I took off to Las Vegas to attend the Licensing Expo where Snotes had a great booth and met with all sorts of potential new licensing partners.

More details to follow.

This past week has been spent catching up on existing projects, pursuing a few new opportunities and starting a new venture marketing my art on Pixels.com

More details to follow.

Oh yeah, we got a new puppy on Saturday.

Definitely more details to follow.

So that’s where I’ve been and why I’ve been away from the blogosphere.

But I’m back.

And I’m ready to roll.