Nancy's Travelblogue

... there isn't a train I wouldn't take, no matter where it's going. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Location: California, United States

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Today we did more exploring. In the morning we took a cultural detour and went to an exhibition of the Chinese Terracotta Army. Wow, did that emperor have an ego!! We saw a few lifesize replicas of the soldiers and a miniature model of the entire tomb. Really amazing. Then back outside into a Vienna heatwave.

Most of the city is dominated by Hapsburg structures -- massive, substantial, colorless, and somewhat unimaginative (we saw the same buildings throughout Europe wherever the Hapsburgs placed their footprint). However, here and there are examples of the Vienna Secession Movement architecture, much more to my liking. My favorite is the Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station, near our hotel. It was designed by Otto Wagner, and if I remember correctly, he faced some opposition to the design, as being too radical.

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