The “MS Sound of Music” finally set sail late Monday night and we awoke to a foggy morning on the Danube River docked in Vienna, Austria.
Vienna is well-known for classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.
It was here also that psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud made his name.
There is currently an exhibit on display in Vienna honoring his artist grandson, Lucian Freud, who died two years ago.
His works are known for their “psychological penetration and for their often discomforting examination of the relationship between artist and model.” Needless to say, unflattering photos of naked men and women grace the city. Sexuality isn’t taboo here like in the United States.
Along with this advertisement for the show highlighting Lucian Freud, boobs and penis art and mannequins grace the windows in many stores,
Just to let you know that I do have a filter, the blue star is not on the billboards in the city! And, for those inquiring minds, the star is proportional! 🙂
Now, let’s get our minds out of the gutter and check out the beautiful architecture that dates back hundreds of years!
And, one clarification that you’ll find on mugs, t-shirt, and other souvenirs, there are no kangaroos in Austria. However, I found a cute little Joey-mama!
Here’s something very cool. We noticed the Austrian Military and the Police outside the Chancellor’s office. The U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner from Texas was in Vienna today presenting her credentials to the country’s Federal President Heinz Fischer.
They even played “The Star-Spangled Banner”!
I’ll leave you with a couple of interesting notes about Austria.
Vienna is the capital and the largest city in Austria. Of the five million that live in the country, 1.8 million live in Vienna. (The second largest city in the country is populated by only 265,000 people.)
And, of those almost two million, 82% live in apartments that they rent, 11% live in townhouses/condos, and only 7% of people in Vienna own homes. Of course, those number change outside of the city.
I close by honoring another of Vienna’s stars, the late Falco, with one of his hits, “Der Kommissar”, even though he’s better known for “Rock Me Amadeus”.