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Magnificent entertainment in the hunchback world


On the last Sunday in May we headed south of Vienna into a region in the State of Lower Austria known as the hunchback world. Nestled within this rather beautiful hill country is the small town of Bad Schönau, our destination for a day of wonderful entertainment.

The purpose of our trip was to take H and her friend to the Fabelhaft – a festival of storytelling through words, mime, puppetry, music and magic. What I had expected to be a fun day for the kids turned out to be marvellous entertainment for ‘children’ from 4 to 104!

My personal favourite was the feet puppetry of Laura Kibel from Italy:

I’ve posted a selection of pictures from her performance here

While they loved the feet puppetry, the girls couldn’t stop laughing at the silent comedy of the KGB Clowns from Russia. Their performance captured the audience who were drawn deeper and deeper into the crazy world created by two artists who had no need for words.

A selection of shots from their performance can be seen here

Other acts (amongst others) on the day included these wooden puppets….

…musical entertainment……

…storytelling….

….and magic…..

In addition to the festival, I was also rather taken by the village of Bad Schönau and the surrounding area…

As we sat drinking coffee in the sun, outside a local restaurant, the quiet of the Sunday morning was broken by the sounds of the village band playing as people came out from a church gathering:

The local church itself sits on a small hill dominating and defining its environment:

Walking through the fields near the village we came across this tiny chapel:

From the chapel we entered a small coppice and through the trees could be seen a local castle nestling on yet another hillside:

 

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Classic Coffee – Posters


Those who follow this blog and/or my tweeting will be well aware of my passion for good coffee in general and Meinl coffee in particular. Another of my interests is the Vienna Secession movement which was a group formed in 1897 by Austrian artists and whose influence can still be seem throughout Vienna today.

Oddly the starting point for my daily train journey to work, on the S-bahn, brings together these two themes. The Hernals station is one of the buildings that formed the Wiener Stadtbahn  which operated from 1898 and was designed by the leading Secession movement architect and urban planner Otto Wagner.

Hernals in within a short walk of the Meinl coffee factory and this is (I assume) why the station is the location for these classic coffee posters:

The Hernals staion:

Returning to the subject of coffee, over on the Meinl website  (amongst other coffee info) is this delicious quote from a French diplomat about the beautiful drink:

Coffee ought to be hot as hell,
Black as the devil,
Pure as an angel,
Sweet as love.

Charles Maurice Talleyrand
(1754-1838 – French Diplomat)

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Have you seen ‘Video on Klimt 2012’


Nice video ‘Klimt 2012. A kiss changes the world’ highlighting Klimt and Austrian Modernism:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEBKjprWslU

The architecture and images of Austrian Modernism can be seen by just taking the train (have a look at the S Bahn stations) or walking through many of Vienna’s districts. There are also excellent exhibitions at museums in the city, particularly as it would have been Klimt’s 150 birthday this year. Yet more reasons to spend time in Vienna 🙂

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A lot more Klimt


You can’t spend time in Vienna without rubbing shoulders with the influence of Gustav Klimt and other members of the Vienna Secession movement. With 2012 being the 150th anniversary of Klimt’s birth the city will see even more exhibitions and events highlighting his work and that of his contemporaries.

In the meantime the Belvedere is kicking things off with a special exhibitions the work of Klimt and Josef Hoffmann. Another reason, if you needed one, to visit Vienna 🙂

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