KES 03 - 20 - 2010

Vienna, Austria Free day! Started by sleeping in and getting people around to venture out at 10:00. Went to the Ostpostparkasse (Post Savings Bank) first for our assignment. I was very neutral on the exterior of the design, but really liked some the interior elements. It had a very industrial-type feel with modern elements that were implemented. The weather was amazing, it was going to be a great day. On our way to the metro we found a stand and bought brats for lunch. Sat in the park, ate, and enjoyed ourselves. Stadtpark was beautiful. I watched a small girl play by the water, a couple play frisbee, and some older folks relax on the benches. I found myself being sidetracked by many of the buildings throughout this city. We took the metro out to Gasometer. Designed in former gas tanks, Gasometer has been turned into a multi-use building. I never would've imagined it. We took another trip with out "2-trip pass" that we used free all day and beat the system. Onto Friedensreich Hundertwasser's "artistic village". We walked through the outdoor restaurant and entrance of the museum. I felt like I was in Willy Wonka. I would almost compare the style to Gaudi, but I actually preferred this style. I really wanted to buy a book on his work, but all of them were written in German. His design continued on down the street in an outdoor plaza and tons of souvenir shops. We went to the bathroom in the "Toilet of Modern Art", also. Went on a nice nature walk along the river. We found a huge park that had absolutely everything that you could imagine: sports fields, a skate park, giant trampolines, an amusement park, etc. We entertained ourselves on the merry-go-round for awhile. We came across an interesting, residential area. A very modern design with a huge cantilever that we all darted toward. Caught another metro ride to the island and stumbled upon a modern church that we entered to explore. It probably became one of my favorite churches on the trip so far and I don't even know the name. We wanted to see the sunset, so we ran down to the river's edge and sat. The sky was beautiful and I took way too many pictures. Vienna has definitely jumped up into the running for my top five favorite cities on the trip.

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