Summer break, the Vienna version, has come to an end for Anna Grace. She departed this morning for a week stateside to visit friends, returning just in time for the start of the school year.  All things considered, the summer days we spent together were pretty darn good. I had the privilege of handing off all planning to Anna Grace; and her suggestions were spot-on for great day outings.  All I had to do was drive (if necessary) and pay for lunch!  Bonus. 😊

Among our favorites, aside from those already posted, the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich is one that we all enjoyed on a previous visit. On our visit this summer we explored the notion of, “Animals as House Pets,” ranging from mountain goats to honey bees. The most interesting takeaway from the visit, though, was learning how to tell the color of the egg a hen will lay. If the hen’s “earlobe” is white, so will the eggs be. If the earlobe is dark, the eggs will be colored. Now you know, too.

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In honor of Juno’s arrival within Jupiter’s orbit this summer, Anna Grace and I decided to revisit the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. As serendipity would have it, we were treated to a mesmerizing temporary photography exhibit on the solar system. All of the photos are mosaics of raw data images sent back from various robotic spacecraft–a feast for the eyes.

When you add the former Empire’s collection of stuffed this, mounted that, and sparkly stuff galore; and organize it in a building that is itself a work of art, we asked ourselves why we don’t visit more often?
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The ~28.000 year old, Venus of Willendorf, found in the Wachau Valley in 1908. I believe this one is the first one to be found. There have been several Venus’ discovered around Europe since; their purpose has not been completely deduced, a prevailing theory is that they were a fertility symbol.

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The halls of “stuffed this” and “mounted that” really are miniature works of art in their own right.
IMG_5098 If this photo looks familiar, it is because the Natural History Museum and the Art History Museum have identical exteriors and face one another in Maria-Theresien Platz.  The entries of the two museums are also rather similar, but that never stops us from enjoying them. IMG_5101

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Posting soon…the Summer Break Roundup II, Conclusion.