We occasionally get the opportunity to showcase our travelwraps at a British Embassy or Ambassador’s residences abroad and recently were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a Viennese Ambassador’s residence showcase. We set up our wares (the travelwraps in our case ) in the morning, at the residence and then had a couple of hours to kill in Vienna before the event started in the afternoon. Incidentally the afternoon event was a great success for us and we are not in 3 shops in Austria and in fact the staff of the embassy were quick to place orders for their Christmas travelwraps!
…but I digress, what we did get the opportunity to do on a beautiful October ‘Winter sunshine’ morning was to wander around the grounds and admire the Baroque architecture of the upper Palace of Belvedere (just a short tram journey away from the Embassy). If you disembark from a plane in Vienna you must not leave the city before going to wander around this ‘quintessentially’ Viennese Palace and beautifully maintained formal gardens.
What can I say? The architecture, the views , the gardens, not to mention the art. Artistically speaking I have never been a huge fan of Gustav Klimt, he of ‘The Kiss’. I am now. The Kiss is larger than life (literally) and given the space and the reverence it deserves but amongst the iconic Klimts are a few equally iconic Impressionist works, Van Gogh, Monet , Manet and Rodin.
The collection is all beautifully curated and the views…well the views from the palace, my words would not do them justice, go and look out the middle floor windows of the gallery to the landscape images of much of downtown exquisitely, elegant Vienna…
We didn’t have time to do much more than explore the impressive gardens and the Upper Palace but I promise you will be wowed...Our thinking was that a New Year’s Eve Ball in the Palace would be about a perfect as a it could get. Just the perfect iconic dress and Viennese waltz lessons required!