My parents came to visit us in London so we were able to get away for a couple of quick weekends, first weekend to Vienna and the second weekend to Belgium. We had glorious couple of days of sunshine and visiting palaces in and out of the city.
Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg family and is one of the larges palaces in the world and was built in the 1700’s. Prior to this trip, I didn’t know the details of the Habsburg’s and the Austro-Hungarian empire, but we read a book on the history and how all the non-British royal families continued to intermarry. conspire with the church, became very rich, and pretty much messed up Western Europe. Then were on the wrong end of the assassination that started World War I. But all of the palaces and churches are spectacular – so at least a legacy was left behind.
The most famous work of art in Schloss Beledere is “The Kiss” – I wasn’t particularly aware of this work when we went, but over the years it has become much more well known (at least to me).
Because the weather was so nice, much of our time was spent outside and walking through city and the outdoor cafes on Kärntner Strasse.
(This was written during the Great Shutdown of 2020. My memory isn’t this good, used internet searches to fill in a lot of holes. If there’s huge fat foot below me, it not my fault – that an advertisement I can’t control).