Saturday, August 13, 2011

Part 2: The Trip to Vienna, Austria - August, 2011 ~ moleskine drawings and pics

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Drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
The Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel) at Prater Park
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011
moleskine sketchbook, pen & ink with reg. colored pencils

Prater Park & the Riesenrad ...

We visited Vienna's "Prater" Park. Originally, this vast park was used as private hunting grounds for the emperors of Austria. In 1766, Austrian Emperor Joseph II, declared Prater to be a public park for the citizens and visitors of Vienna to freely enjoy.

I didn't go up in the wheel, as I'm not terribly fond of heights, so while my husband and mother-in-law (yes, she's braver than I am) were taking the ride, I spent my time on the ground drawing it. :o) I might have missed a few lines, but it moved so slowly that I was able to draw a portion of it without much "invention".

View from the Riesenrad, shot by my husband ...

Photo copyright Auke Nijholt. All rights reserved.
Vienna Skyline from the Prater 'Riesenrad' (Ferris wheel)
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

The Riesenrad was erected opened in 1897 as part of the World's Fair Exhibition and soon became a widely popuplar attraction. In later years, the part of the park around the Ferris wheel expanded to include many more amusement rides (roller coasters, bumper cars, haunted houses, etc.), but the Riesenrad is still the highlight of the park. The wheel revolves very, very slowly,  allowing great views over the whole of Vienna. In 1949, the 'film noir' movie "The Third Man", starring Orson Welles and Jospeh Cotton, was shot on location in Vienna - wagon #31, of the Riesenrad, featured in the film.

Right behind the Riesenrad, I did find this ride to show my cat Sacha. I thought she'd like it ...
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Dizzy Mouse Ride
Prater Park - Vienna, Austria ~ August, 2011

And my kermits had a great time in the park too!
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Kerms at Prater Park - Happy Travellers!
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

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All things chocolate and Mozart ...

You can't go to Vienna and not have something chocolate, be it to eat or to drink. Though I can get Mozart Chocolates in Holland, I'd never tried them before. So I bought a box of the famous Mozartkugeln ...mmmm...yum! Then I took some out and drew them ...












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Mmmmmm, Mozartkugeln!
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011
moleskine sketchbook, pen & ink with reg. colored pencils

Lucky for me the box has plenty of kugeln in it... :o) I think I've found a new favorite choc - besides, I love chocs in gold foil wrappers... irresistible. Mozartkugeln are made in Salzburg, Austria (birthplace of the composer Mozart) and have been a traditional favorite candy/souvenir since 1890! Btw, "kugel", means "ball".

Of course, if you're in Vienna it's also fun to buy these chocolates in the "Mostly Mozart" shops ... and yes, it's moslty Mozart inside!

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Mostly Mozart Candyshop
Vienna, Austria ~ August 2011

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Trams, Trains and U-Bahns ...













drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Tram "D" at Frans-Josef Bahnhof
Vienna, Austria ~August 2011

We were fortunate to stay in a hotel that was just a stone's throw away from the Franz-Josefs Bahnhof (major train station - although we flew to Vienna instead of taking the train). Each day we travelled to the old city center by trams, as the stop was right across the street from the hotel, or by the U-Bahn (subway) which was also just a short walk away. We decided we preferred taking the trams because you get to see more of Vienna that way, and we never had to wait very long for one to arrive.

I sat across the street at a café to draw the tram stop (did the coloring back in the hotel). All those lines going every which way were a bit confusing ... I know I must have left some out! :o) The particular tram that I drew was a newer one, but there are still lots of the older trams in Vienna. I liked them, a lot.

My photo mosaic of several sites in Vienna ...

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Views of Vienna
Vienna, Austria ~August 2011

Vienna is a fabulous city with so much history, so much art and such beautiful, ornate, architecture. Plus, you really don't have to speak german, as most everyone in Vienna speaks english (hooray! because my german is non-existent! lol). I really have to return one day; much, much more to see and do - so we're making plans for a return visit next year. :o)

Edited to add:
I found this clip from the movie "The Third Man", shot on  the Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel)! :o)


Tschüß,
Doei,
Bye,
:o) Judy
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4 comments:

pencilsandpaint said...

I feel now as if I have spent a little holiday in Vienna, enjoyed the fair, adored the chocolates and had a great time. Thanks for your double posting about your trip.
I really like the unity your pages have-your style is so distinctive and you have such a great eye for layout and design.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thank you so much, Judith :o) Glad you enjoyed the virtual trip! You should visit Vienna for real some day (if you haven't already) ... I think you'd enjoy it.

Oh and, nice to know I have a disctinctive style ... I do sometimes wonder. ;o)

thanks again
Judy

Meisie said...

Loved your travel stories!! and you know...I love theseold movies...the bg, buildings, cars, fashions etc, is like a glimpse into moving history. As it was, not reconstructed history :D

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Meisie! :)
Ja, I like the old b&w movies too, for the same reasons you've stated ... especially the 'film noir' genre.

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