Moment#1–Doppelganger

Last week Dale Schmitt and I opened our photo exhibition, Moments and Souls at the Percolate Gallery in Pittsburgh. I realize that many of you can not make it in to the gallery so over the next few weeks I will be publishing “the moments” that were my contribution to the show.

This one shows two boys inside Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna Austria. One is so angelic and the other well, not so much.

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Doppelganger

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Karlsplatz Wien

We stayed at the Hotel Bristol in Wien (Vienna) which is literally steps away from the Karlsplatz Metro Station. On a rainy day we ducked into the station to avoid the rain. There is a shopping mall and cafes underground where we had breakfast, bought a hat and strolled under the street to emerge in Karlsplatz park.

The rain had stopped and the view was beautiful as we strolled through Vienna.

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Karlsplatz Wien

Doors and Doorways

Europe has many magnificent old buildings. The result is that it also has many magnificent doors and doorways. Here are a few I have collected over the years.

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Doors and Doorways

Doors and Doorways

München Doorway

Belgium Doorway

A Doorway in Bruges

Doors and Doorways

The Hotel Bristol Wien

We were already spoiled by the time we got to the Hotel Bristol in Wien (Vienna). We had spent a week on a luxury river cruise ship, The Viking Hiln. In Munich we stayed in a luxury hotel and had been upgraded to an executive room. We had told all the hotels that it was our 45th wedding anniversary and in each location we received some sort of reward.
The Hotel Bristol in Vienna (Wien) was by far the best.

They upgraded us to a suite and gave us free drinks. On my wife’s birthday we found a bottle of champagne chilling in our parlor with a happy birthday card. Every one in the hotel and dinning room greeted us by name. The doorman in the top hat would give you an umbrellas when you left and always had a smile. The old hotel on the Karlsplat was uniquely decorated with antiques but still had modern amenities. A special hotel for a special trip.

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The Hotel Bristol Wien

The Hotel Elevator

The Hotel Bristol Wien

View From Our Room

St. Stephen’s Revisited

Last year I posted about St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) which is the founding church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. It is a huge Gothic Cathedral in the Stephansplatz and construction began in 1339.

I love the interior shot of the Cathedral in that post but found these images which show the interior and exterior of the Cathedral. It is difficult to get a shot of the whole Cathedral. In addition to the immense size it is squeezed in between other narrow streets at buildings. You would need a crane, drone or helicopter to capture it.

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St. Stephen’s Revisited

St. Stephen’s Revisited

Karlskirche Wien

Karlskirche (St Charles)) in Wien (Vienna) in my opinion is one of the beautiful churches in the world. We were fortunate enough to see a string ensemble perform a concert inside this magnificent structure but that will be the topic of a future post.

This beautiful baroque church is located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Austria. It is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, a great Austrian reformer of the sixteenth century.

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Karlskirche  Wien

Karlskirche Wien

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Wien.

In the center of Vienna is St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) which is the founding church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. It is a huge Gothic Cathedral in the Stephansplatz and building began by Duke Rudolf IV in 1339. It is a beautiful Cathedral but also one of the most commercial Cathedrals I have ever been in. In order to stand in the center you need a special pass and another pass for photography and another pass to see the crypt, etc. It was difficult to get this photograph.

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Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Wien.

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Wien.