Travels with V


Art, antiques and rubbish

Vienna part two

For the victorious allied countries in WW2 Austria was enemy country, and after the peace the four of them administered the country together, just like in Germany.  One of those allies was of course the Sovjet Union who true to their traditions built a victory monument in Vienna. It’s still here, a semicircular bow of stone pillars with advancing soldiers on top. Today a wall behind the monument has been painted with Ukraine’s colours blue and yellow. And some of the wreaths laid down by the central pillar also carries the blue-yellow ribbon.

Just a few Metro stations and a short promenade away from the city centre we enter the grounds of  the Belvedere, a palace that once was the home of the archduke Frans Josef. He was to be the next kaiser of Austria but was shot in Sarajevo in the incident that would become start WW1. Today re is an excellent art museum where the centerpiece is Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss”. 

Actially Belvedere is two palaces with a very elaborated garden in between. We only enter the upper palace that has great art, both classic and modern in its many rooms. Another famous painting here is the portrait of Napoleon on a horse, and we also find works of the Norwegian Edvard Munch. Personally I found the expressive paintings by Klimts pupil and fellow Austrian Egon Schiele most rewarding, his gnarly and twisted portraits are really strong.  


We’ve already mentioned that the inner city in Vienna is dominated by 19th century architecture, with vey few modern elements. But at the same time some of the most extreme house designs are found here. The Austrian modernist  Hundertwasser designed a house and was let his fantasies to flow free. He had this idea that a straight line was “godless”, so there are no such atrocities on his “Hundertwasser house” as it is now called. Just a few blocks away from it is Hundertwasser’s own museum that has a comprehensive and fun display of his works and ideas. 

And another spectacular house is Majolikenhaus near the the big food market “Naschmarkt”.  .

Naschmarkt is an institution in Vienna, it has existed forever. To walk through its aisles between laid out greens, bread, spices, sweets and sausages and ugly pottery is a fiesta for all senses. One man has a shop filled with apple based balsamico, flavored with all kinds of fruit and berries. You can bring your own bottle and just fill it up from his tanks. And everywhere there are cafés and restaurants if you want to rest a bit. We find our excellent lunch with a mid-eastern twist at Neni am Naschmarkt.

Speaking of food, in Vienna you never have to go far to get a wienersnitzel. Every restaurant has it on their menu. We had ours at Lugeck, and it was just perfect. But even though many restaurants serve traditional food there are also some that definitely creat more exciting meals. Palmenhaus, absolutely, but also Buxbaum. And we get a very nice Hot Pot at Mama Liu & sons. There are a coupe of places with Michelin stars but you have to reserve a table several weeks in advance, so we don’t know what they were like. 

Back to Naschmarkt, if you walk it all the way through you’ll find yourself in a big. flea market. It is particularly popular with people looking for old vinyl records, but here you’ll also find the usual junk mix found in any flea market in the world. But here and there it’s possible to spot more interesting stuff. We found a beautiful old musical box called “Symphonion” complete with records. It’s a German invention that precedes the gramophone, and you can find similar boxes on ebay for around six hundred dollars. We regret we didn’t buy this one.

We’ve been through so many art exhibitions now that we start to look for something different. And we do find it, “3rd Man Museum”, a really odd but fascinating collection of all kinds of stuff that has anything to do with the classic postwar movie “The Third Man”, with Orson Welles. Posters, hundreds of them from all corners of the world, scripts and stories about the filming, gadgets from the film, like the cither played by Anton Karas in the lead music “Harry Lime Theme”. There’s also a part describing the political situation in Austria before, during and after the war. The partially destroyed city and the political chaos that is the setting of the movie. And yes, they have the film for sale in museum shop.

Jag som gör den här resebloggen heter Lars Aldman och jag har tidigare jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT. Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, journalist och fotograf.

Vår favoritsysselsättning är att resa runt i världen och se andra kulturer och samhällen. I flera år har vi äventyrat i Asien, Afrika och Latinamerika, och även naturligtvis i Europa. Och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen, och hoppas att ni vill följa med oss!

PS. På sajten hittar ni mina bilder från både när och (mest) fjärran. Djur, natur, samhällen och människor.
Resebloggar finns det gott om men vi har en lite annan tanke med våra berättelser. Vi vill främst beskriva våra upplevelser av udda platser, människorna vi möter och miljöer som är rätt annorlunda mot vad vi möter hemma.

Därför hamnar vi ibland i avlägsna indianbyar i Guatemalas berg eller bland andetroende bybor på en ö i Indonesien. Men också på mer kända platser som Machu Picchu i Peru eller sandstränderna i Goa. Allt sett genom våra ögon och kameror.

Den som vill ha restips får också sitt - varje resmål har en avdelning med sånt vi kan rekommendera. Eller undvika. Vårt fokus är framför allt att sporra er läsare att göra som vi - resa rätt ut i den vida världen.

Jag heter Lars Aldman och har bl a jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT.  Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, som också är journalist och fotograf. Vi älskar att resa och uppleva andra kulturer. I flera år har vi rest omkring i världens fyra hörn och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen på dessa upptäcktsfärder. Hoppas ni vill följa med!


Vår senaste resa gick till Albanien där vi under tre veckor upplevde detta okända men så spännande och vackra land. Från de hisnande höga bergen i norr, de gamla städerna och de djupa floddalarna i landets mitt, till de långa stränderna med sitt klara vatten i söder. Klicka på Albanien och läs om landets dramatiska historia och dess vänliga och gästfria invånare.


There's now a new addition to the blog, about our trip to Albania. During three weeks we traveled up and down this unknown but beautiful country. From the high mountains in the north to the ancient towns and the deep valleys inland, to the sandy beaches and the clear green water in the south. Click on Albania in the map and read about its dramatic history and kind and hospitable people.

I'm Lars Aldman from Sweden. I worked for many years at the Swedish National TV and Radio, but now my main interest is traveling around the world with "V", my lovely wife Veronica, who is a freelance journalist and photographer.
For the last ten years we have traveled through Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. We love to experience different cultures and societies and we hope you'll join us!