Vienna Austria

July 8, 2007 to July 14, 2007

Pam attended and presented a poster at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference at the Austria Center. However, we had ample time to explore the city. Click on any picture to get a larger view.

The conference center in Vienna is a very nice facility. It is easy to reach by subway. This is the main entrance.
   
Pam's poster was titled: "Chronic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury Patients: Does Hardiness Make a Difference?"
   
The mass transit system in Vienna is the best that I have ever seen. With a free map and a weekly pass, you can get to virtually anywhere in Vienna in practically no time at all. This is one of the underground subways.
   
This is a view from inside a tram. You can take a subway to get to a far off place quickly, and then jump on a tram to take you the rest of the way. The trams stop at more places.
   
I suppose there are more statues in Vienna than anyplace I've ever been. They are practically everywhere. When they run out of space on the streets, they put them on their buildings. This is part of one outside the Fine Arts Museum.
   
This is a statue of Johann Strauss. It is in the Stadtpark (public state park). I read that this is the most photographed object in Vienna. I can believe it. I took quite a few - each at different angles. He is quite a photogenic fellow.
   
Another view.
   

This was a violinist who was just playing for the crowd with her violin case open at her feet for people to throw money in. She was very good at the violin.

There are a lot of street performers in Vienna - mimes, "statue people", quartets, etc.

   
This is a 3 picture panorama stitched together of the Schonbrunn Palace. Click on the picture for a larger view. The Schonbrunn Palace (means Pretty Fountain) was the summer residence of the Habsburg family, which was the ruling family of Austria for several centuries.
   
Another statue. The guy statue seems to be telling the girl statue that there is a pigeon on her head and if she doesn't shoo it away soon, she will be sorry. Meanwhile, the real life lady in the background appears to be getting fresh with the girl statue.
   
I'm typically not an art museum kind of person, but the Fine Arts Museum in Vienna was absolutely incredible. Room after room after room of paintings by the masters, ivory statues of incredible detail, Egyptian mummies, pottery, Roman artifacts, etc. There is a coin room with thousands of coins. One (which was not especially highlighted over the others) was a 1795 United States silver dollar in mint condition. I looked up it's value when I got home. $475,000.
   
The Naschmarkt is an outdoor market that has been in existence since the 16th century. They sell mostly vegetables and meat, but also some clothing. There are several outdoor cafe/restaurants there and we ate at one of them.
   
I came across this memorial by chance. It marks the spot where the Gestapo had a prison facility during World War II. The inscription at the top says "Niemais Vergessen", which means "Never Forget".

 

I have a lot more pictures of Vienna, but I am getting bored looking at these, so I'm sure you are too. However, here are just a few.

 
Child toasting at festival at Rathausplatz
Festival at Rathausplatz
Malia in live concert at Rathausplatz
 
 
Statue
Statue dedicated to those killed in WWII at this site from American bombing
Wienerschnitzel
 
 
Man sketching at the Fine Arts Museum
I learned the difference between the 2 headed Austrian eagle and the 1 headed. The 2 headed one was the symbol during the empire, and it was changed to 1 head after the demise of the Habsburgs after WWI
Our room at Residenz Hotel-Pension. This is a very nice pensione just 2 blocks outside the ring, and I recommend it highly. The owner, Hans, is quite helpful and can answer any question, be it historical, geographic, or general. Besides, he is a very nice person.
 
 
Street performers that would pretend to be a statue by standing perfectly still. However, they may wink at a pretty girl passing by, or pinch a little kid to scare them
The human statues would have a bucket in front of them, wanting people to donate to their art
This is a duet. He was perfectly still, and the woman danced around on roller blades