Vienna is known as the City of Dreams for being home to psychologist Sigmund Freud, and like a dream, Vienna swells and surrounds your senses at every turn. Vienna is also known as the City of Music, and the very excellent Haus der Musik museum illustrates why, through highlights of the great Viennese composers of classical music like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler.
But Vienna is also a place of palaces and princes, of waltzes and women in Chanel and old men in Armani suits on bicycles on a Sunday afternoon, of cakes, coffeehouses and Klimt’s The Kiss.
People bring their fashion A-game in Austria.
Last time, we left off discussing the theme of movies I loved when I was a kid (and still do) like The Princess Bride. So let’s continue that theme and talk about the movie Labyrinth.
Chances are if you loved The Princess Bride, you also loved Labyrinth. And probably Willow and The Dark Crystal. If we are totally honest, these movies are dated now, given the advances in special effects. But watching them as an adult, you still see past the cheesy 80s keyboard music soundtracks, the bad wigs and fake backdrops and remember the spirit of the stories, which transported your eight or ten year old self to adventures in far off lands.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
Things I knew about Budapest before I went to Budapest:
-Language: Hungarian, which involves many consonants and many accents (tip: ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are kérek [care-ek] and ‘köszönöm‘ [kur-sur-nurm].)