Hi all!It’s me Twinny …
Back from Vienna….
City of PARKS ..800 of them!
City of PALACES…Stunning!
Palace Walls dressed with RENAISSANCE paintings….
each telling a story ..of kings ,queens, ministers… and actual events in history….all paintings left unsigned!
an obscure image of the painter painted in!
Here are paintings of the Long reigning Marie Theresa..of the Austrian – Hungarian Empire…..The ONLY FEMALE ruler of the Habsburgs … 2017 marks 300 years of her birth centenary!
She had 16 children! And…They all Looked ALIKE!
So also did many of the other Hapsburgs!
Simple ! The Royals liked to marry AMONGST themselves!
Uncle to niece ,Brother to first cousin , as Franz Joseph ( the longest reigning king.. 68 years) to the beautiful Elizabeth .. Sisi her pet name…
The men sported WHITE WiGS …
Why oh Why ?? Simple again!
It was in FaSHION!
Lords used white chalk to colour their hair white.. washing very rarely …
Palaces had NEITHER KITCHENS NOR TOILETS …These were OUTSIDE ! The
Royals didn’t want unnecessary smells!
For the ladies…’CHAMBER POTS’ ( tucked under the bed) were regularly used!
How to use?
Lift the layers of your flouncy skirt and do your thing … and cleaning?? Douse lavishly with perfumes!
DISPOSAL of the CONTENTS of the chamber pots …was done by servants !
And the huge
Schoenbrunn palace had plenty …2000 precisely!
Hey you ..Amruta the art lover…have a look at the Chamber pots .. some even Pretty!
Just like one goes from Bombay to Goa for a holiday .. the princes and princesses moved from SUMMER Palace to WINTER palace to ‘ IN BETWEEN ‘palace …Sisi Palace outside Budapest..and if tired of these….
out …they would go riding into the forest gardens as Princess Elzabeth often did …
To meet her lover … Yes Isabella ….she had one!
And it is here that
Majestic ,White Lippizaner stallions ,from the Iberian part of Spain are TRAINED to dance …To compositions by Johaan Strauss /Mozart…. played by
the Viennese Philharmonic orchestra !
A treat to watch …..
Even their morning exercises!
Horses taught to walk with high steps, trot daintily ,canter ,leap ,even pirouette !
All in synchrony ….just like ballerinas!!
Viennese Operas !
Viennese Art galleries!
VIENNA (pet name WIEN as on river Wien) is REPLETE
With everything !
‘The KISS ‘ painted by GUSTAV KLIMT .. is symbolic of Romantic Vienna …And seen Everywhere!
….on pillow covers/ plates jewellery boxes!
CLOCKS in the Clock MUSEUM…
POTS in museum for Sanitary ware and FURNITURE
Haha!Vienna has a museum for everything!
The last a revelation!
Twinny of firm opinion that the WATER CLOSET or Wc was probably the MOST DESIRED invention ever!
Oh my God..,😰🤔😱!
Where to go ? What to do?
The Viennese just LOVE their coffee!!!
With all this coffee…Twinny on COMPLETE COFFEE HIGH!
Viennese waltz.. !
FLOW ALONG darlings!
This WALTZ is all about love, romance ,waves….
Meet you in Prague!
This episode dedicated to my beautiful kid sister Geetu and handsome brother in law Gaurang…..
Happy Anniversary Darlings!
Love forever and ever!!!Muah ! Muahhh!
PS…..Geetu …. here’s a novel idea…..since we in Vienna and on romantic note….
Oh no ! Twinny you better 🏃 !!! Geetu’s going to kill you !