7th August 2015:
Left Budapest yesterday morning for the three hour drive to Vienna. This time staying at the Ibis Budget Hotel on the outskirts of the city. A good clean hotel with the advantage it is close to a Metro stop. The train takes about 10 minutes to get into the heart of the old city.
Arriving in the city I thought this time, instead of a bus tour I would take a more personal approach. a couple of guys with rickshaws where standing around and I thought that is just the thing for me. After a short negotiation on price I selected the most comfortable of the three rickshaws available. After getting a ice cream we set off for my city tour. My guide Dimitri was a young Ukraine student who is studying Quantum Economics specialising in Operations. He was quite knowledgable about the city and where he lacked the knowledge he just said so.
Vienna is such a truly amazing place, the buildings and gardens are magnificent and stunning. Along the way we passed the city hall where the summer film festival is being held. Interesting I thought and a possible place to visit later. Dimitri also told me that that apart from Mozart, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra the Lipizzaner Horses the fourth brand of Vienna is the artist Gustav Klimt, an artist I had never heard of.
After my city tour I headed off for a walking tour of the old city finding sites I had passed on my city tour and giving me the opportunity to see them again but this time at my leisure. One of the places I decided to visit was the Leopold Art Gallery to investigate the art of Gustav Klimt. There I also found the art of Egon Schiele,another amazing artist. I throughly enjoyed my visit to the gallery seeing not only beautiful paintings but beautifully designed furniture. The Leopold Art Gallery is in the Museum quarter that also houses a number of other Art Galleries. Later today I am going to visit the Pop Art Gallery which has a number of works by Andy Warhol, an artist who has his main gallery in Pittsburgh and that I have visited a number of times.
Later I went back to the film festival precinct. The place was starting to fill up. It is very well set up with about 20 eateries serving food from all parts of the world. It’s kind of like a food festival and film festival combined. Whilst waiting for the film to begin (at about 9 o’clock) I met Pablo a young English guys over from London for a short holiday. I didn’t look to see what film it was. I was as interested in experiencing the atmosphere as seeing a film. It turned out the film was Cenderella, a French adaptation of the story made up entirely of dance. The advantage was there was no dialogue. The dancers were very accomplished and to my surprise I enjoyed the film much more than I thought I would. The place was absolutely packed and very few left before the end.
The film finished at around 11. As I still had to work out how to get back to the hotel I left then also. Luckily there was a Metro just around the corner. I got home about 11.30pm well before I was going to turn into a pumpkin.
I’m told that tonight they are showing the life of Bob Marley so I am thinking of going to see that as well.