Vienna, Austria Day 127

My mom mentioned a song by Billy Joel called “Vienna Waits for You” so I went and googled the lyrics just to see what the song is about. Well, suffice it to say, the words kind of resonated with me! OK, OK, I may not be a juvenile, but remember, my blog IS called My Life in Reverse!!!
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Slow down you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?
Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize…Vienna waits for you

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)
Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right(you’re right)

You got your passion you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It’s alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize…
Vienna waits for you.

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don’t you realize…Vienna waits for you
When will you realize…Vienna waits for you
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Look at this fabulous building…. so juicy! This is right across the street from the Naschmarkt, a huge outdoor market selling everything from food to clothes with a bunch of great looking restaurants in between. The vendors here are very persuasive (I think its good training for me before I get to Turkey!) and really try to sell you on their goods. They want you to try their dried fruit, their nuts, their cheeses. It reminded me a little bit of Kensington Market in Toronto, only much, much bigger.
I’ve noticed beautiful large fields of sunflowers growing in between the corn crops from the train in the Czech Republic and Austria.
Beautiful cheese sculptures!
He also had a vat of sauerkraut right beside this.
Great restaurant back drop…
 “Someone told me It’s all happening at the zoo. I do believe it, I do believe it’s true. Mmmmm….”I of course couldn’t get this Simon and  Garfunkel song out of my head all day because I did in fact go to the zoo, namely the Tiergarten Schonbrunn. I don’t think I’ve been to the zoo since Joanne and I went to the Philadelphia Zoo maybe 8 years ago while doing a trade show there. They were having some sort of event one evening and what I remember most was that was the first time I’d ever (in my whole life!) seen fireflies. I was in full awe of them, and they weren’t even part of the actual zoo! Ha ha!
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I have mixed feelings about zoos in general. I usually feel sorry for the animals and it makes me sad, but this is not only the worlds oldest zoo (its been around since 1752) it is one of the best. The enclosures were all very nice and larger than I expected. The animals looked… content if I can say that. Except for the bears. I always feel most sorry for the bears, especially the Polar Bears. Makes me sad to think about them pacing around in there.
This is a Gibbon, known as a lesser ape (than say a gorilla or chimpanzee.) They were just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen! This guy was a total show off, I’m thinking young male???? He was just having a ball swinging from tree to tree, hanging by his feet, grabbing a snack en route. They are known to” fly” over 12 metres through the air from tree to tree, and mate for life. So sweet.
A baby elephant!
There was what appeared to be a Haida style totem pole with no information around it at all. It was near the African wild animal enclosures, I believe. Why have it here? And why have no info. signs about it?
My childhood favourite animal. I used to paint pictures of giraffes on rocks then varnish them and call it a paperweight. I collected giraffe stickers and one year someone (was it Aunt Marie?) bought me a huge 4 ft tall stuffed giraffe. I loved that thing.
Street near the Museumsquartier.
Mozart statue with the Imperial Palace in the background. I went and saw a Mozart/Strauss concert in the palace, so check the 40 Things tab later for an update…
The Vienna State Opera House.
I had a great Viennese coffee and apfel strudel here… check the food tab to see the photo!
Museumsquartier. This is the eighth largest cultural center in the world, and it shows. There are numerous galleries and grand buildings, the opera house if just down the street and the Imperial Palace is directly across the street from the heart of the inner courtyard. I simply didn’t have enough time to see all of the galleries that I wanted to, but I know I’ll be back. Hey! I’m in Austria, I can so say that with my Arnold voice! “I’ll be back.” There. Done.
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I can’t remember what this museum was called!
I have a problem. I like cute things. Cute, little things. So when I saw these brass animal figurines I fell in love. Flat out. I bought one. Then the next day I saw a shop that had even more, so I bought another (and sadly they’re not exactly cheap) and realised when I put them together that I made a duo that has already been around since the days of Bambi…(see last photo!)
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Here is a tree of the waxes before they are cast into metal. I know all about this stuff because you know…. I was a jewellery designer after all! They are all handmade in Austria and are based on designs from the 1940’s. Check out their website.
Bambi and Thumper!


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4 Responses to Vienna, Austria Day 127

  1. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    Oh those Billy Joel lyrics – like Paul Simon, the man is a poet. That song always resonated with me – I love the accordian playing in the background throughout the song. I’m glad you found the lyrics – it was good to read them. It is you right now isn’t it?
    xo xo Mom

  2. Andrea September 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    It is so me right now…. how had I never heard that song before this?

  3. Miret January 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    The museum in the untitled picture is “Die Halle” 😉

    And I love Naschmarkt – so many yummy food stalls!

    • Andrea January 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      I was surprised how many Turkish stalls there were! I never realized how many Turks lived in Austria and Germany until this visit there!

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