Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back to Hungary, part 3: Places that are NOT Hungary.

This is NOT Hungary.
This is Vienna.

Exhibit A: The cathedral in the centre of the city. Lovely, so dramatic, in the night and the day. The roof is pretty amazing. Vienna had lots of roofs like that, that are different colours, very bright and vivacious. So did the big city in Hungary we went to.
Exhibit B: This is a building in Vienna not too far from the cathedral. I find the painting appealing. (This is not a pun.)
Exhibit C: This is at the War Museum in Vienna. Do you like the armoured man's skirt? Apparently, they didn't actually use the skirt armour in battles. They saved that for special occassions, like fancy shmancy balls and courting rituals, parades, that sort of thing. You know, armoured fashion.

We also went to the Museum of Musical Instruments, which was pretty much the coolest museum we've ever been to. They had Mozart's piano, and some other crazy instruments that seemed like something out of a really intelligent 12 year old's dreams. Joel liked the guitar with a built in foot pedal capo.

This is also NOT Hungary.
This is Slovenia.
Richard took us for superb iced coffee with ice cream and the thickest, most gorgeous whipped cream I've ever tasted.The view from the castle. There were loads of vineyards on the hillsides.
This is inside the castle. We saw endless examples of the type of embroidery I would spend my whole life striving for. I will show you some that I brought back with me later.

We enjoyed our day trip to Slovenia.

This is ALSO NOT Hungary. This is Croatia.The colour of the water. I wanted so badly to jump in and never come out again, to swim in it so much that I turned that immense shade of blue, and it would be part of me forever.
Waterfalls, water falling.
Water falling, falling, falling, splash!
The puppy sleeping on my lap on the drive. When we arrived at the national park, she refused to go up the stairs. She was so tired. Tired and gorgeous.
I LOVE teals and blues and greens all together. It speaks to my soul in such an immense way. It frees my heart. Do you know what I mean? Just looking at even the photos makes my heart feel fluttery in an 'I'm-falling-in-love' sort of way. Is that totally ridiculous? I just love teal water so much.
It was like Disneyland, with all the people! But Disneyland doesn't even come close. I choose natural, clear, teal water over shiny plastic any day.


Lisa said...

Ooo, I want to visit Croatia so much. One of my best friends spent the past 5 summers there working at a camp and has given me the bug...

Beth said...

Never knew Croatia was so magnificent! Looks like a delightful time! Thanks for sharing!

katie said...

Lovely, just lovely. I wish there was a way to capture that gorgeous color and simply drape one's home (being? life?) with it.

Robin said...

I'm heart is pattering...and i may just go jump in a puddle in the street (its as close as i can get to that gorgeous water!) beatiful! (the codeword i have to type is "inkspit" AWESOME :)

Tim said...

You finally went to Hungary that's fantastic. Wien too (or as the Hungarians call it Becs), that's a wonderful city. It looks like you guys had a lot fun. (I don't know if you remember but my wife is Hungarian)