I was in Bruges for two days. Which is probably the right amount of time for the city. Sometimes you leave a city thinking I really wish I could have seen that, other times you are there for too many days. I think Bruges in a day and a half is the perfect amount of time. It is really a beautiful city. Everywhere you turn there seems to be something worth seeing, but after sometime it seems a little fake. Of course it was beautiful but there is absolutely nothing new. There are some strict building regulations with in the center area. Of course there are new buildings but they all are made to look old. It is over run with tourists. Which the locals accept and deal with very nicely. But it became a little annoying for me even though I was another tourist. The things I saw? The lace makers, which was very interesting, but mom pumped it up so much I think I was a little let down. No worries though. I also went to the Belfry, 366 steps to the top. The most perilous unsafe looking steps that you can imagine. I almost toppled down 3 times. It scared me so much watching these older people climb the stairs. I was sure one would fall and I wouldn't be able to stop them and we would both fall all the way down to the bottom. I also went to the CHOCOLATE MUSEUM which was yummy because I got good belgian chocolate. Also the fry museum. Yes french fries are not french but belgian. In WWI there were belgian officers who were giving fries to some American troops, and they were speaking in french so the became known as french fries rather than belgian fries. Which I must say the aliteration is better, even if it is wholly truthful. I also went to the art museum. It was nice but all the paintings were the same style and wasn't really interesting for me. I also so the Church of the Holy Blood which is where they display Christ's Blood. Kinda silly I thought, but everyone was really into it. The canals are all very pretty and the town is something from another time, but when you go it feels as if you are trapped in time and it is nice to leave.
I feel as if I have been on trains non stop though, Which is why I have stayed in Vienna longer. So I took a train from Bruges to Brussles. Then from Brussels to Köln. And then an overnight train to Munich. Then I was in Munich for a while, I saw the Rezidenzmuesum. Which is the old palace of the Bavarian rulers. It was of course enormous and ornately deocarated. As well as the Schatzkammer. And then I had to catch another train to Leoben where Hannah's parents live. So we were there for her brother's birthday and we saw here home town and when to Graz which was nice. We climbed this cliff and looked out over the city. Then on Saturday we came to Vienna.
WOW Vienna is gorgeous. All the buildings are so beautiful. Anywhere you look. Hannah gets all excited taking me around and showing me the city. We went to a Cy Twombley exhibition at the Museum of Mordern Art. It is in the Museums Quartier, which is really just a square with about 7 museums in and around the square. It is right across from Heldenplatz, which is where Hitler looked out over the square. I have seen so many things in the past few days I dont really know what to say. I have been utterly exhausted each night when we get home from walking all over the place. The public transport here is very nice though. Subway, trams, and buses. Just within the city area. I've seen art museums, about 3 different palaces, old streets, austrian cafes, beautiful buildings. I must say the KunstHausWien was the coolest. You should totally visit if you ever go to Vienna. WOWOWOWOW there was a Picasso show why I was there but we just saw the Hundertwasser part. WHich was TIGHT!