on May 10, 2002
We went to Belvedere mainly to visit the Õsterreiches Galerie. We have always enjoyed the paintings of Gustav Klimt, but hadn't yet seen any in person. It was a drizzly day and we took the U-Bahn to Südbahnhof. Walk across the street in front of the station and along Prinz-Eugen-Strasse on the right. The entrance to the Galerie is about a 10-minute walk from the station. We got there at 10:00 a.m., when it opened. There are numerous galleries, some with modern paintings, most with 19th and 20th Century art, but the main attraction for me was the Jugendstil exhibit. The famous Klimt painting, The Kiss, is absolutely beautiful in person. I had bought a Klimt calendar years ago and had some of the pictures framed. Seeing these paintings a few feet away gave them a brilliance that just doesn't show in the prints. The Galerie is in Upper Belvedere. The Palace is beautiful just to walk through. There is a Biedermeier collection here, too. The Sala Terrena, on the 2nd Floor, is a beautiful empty hall with frescoes on the walls and ceiling. You get a beautiful view of the gardens between Upper and Lower Belvedere from this room. While walking from the train station to Belvedere, we passed a restaurant called James Belushi Cafe. We thought we'd stop here on the way back and have lunch, but they were closed. Would love to have tried the food there and would love to know why it's called James Belushi. Tape recorders are available to rent.
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