So, a few days ago I went to Vienna to visit my friend Melissa and to see a new city.
On the first day we went to the Naschmarkt, an outdoor food market, for breakfast. I had ful a bean based dish with flatbread and hummus (which, it should be noted is definitely not an Austrian dish). I was especially excited because hummus is sometimes difficult to find in Europe. Then we went to the Ringstraße, which used to be the city wall of Vienna, but was torn down to make way for a new promenade in 1865. It was a great place to see a surprisingly large number of monuments and famous historical buildings.
On the way, we stopped by the Albertina museum and saw exhibitions from teh archives of the Mussee d’Orsay. Nearly every major artist from a variety of time periods was represented. From Degas to Picasso to Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein to Monet, it was a great collection and overview of art history.
On the next day, I went to the Friedensreich Hundertwasser musem at the Kunsthaus Wien. Friedensreich Hundertwasser is one of my favorite artists because his work combines art with everyday objects and promotes an understanding of the connection between person, living space and nature. The museum dedicated to him was full of colors, irregular shapes, plants and water elements. It was really as much of an experience as it was a work of architecture and a museum.
I also went to see some of Hundertwassers practical installations in the form of an apartment complex and a trash processing center. I even found out that he designed a building right in Baden-Württemberg that i will definitely take the opportunity to visit.
Overall, it was lovely to get to see a new city and visit an old friend as well!