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yk's Trip Report - 11 days of Art Nouveau in Vienna & Budapest Spring 2009

yk's Trip Report - 11 days of Art Nouveau in Vienna & Budapest Spring 2009

Old Jul 6th, 2009, 01:00 AM
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Hi YK,
I will visit Vienna in September, and very interested to attend the mass with Vienna boys choir. Do you have any idea if there is any way we can sit at the rows in front of the altar?
I also heard there is standing room for this mass.. you saw it? Would be interested to hear your opinions if you saw it.
Thanks!
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 08:31 AM
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Hi bernie123, yes, you can purchase tickets for seats that face the altar. You need to email them for tickets. Email address is: [email protected]
When they reply, the email will give you a list of ticket prices as well as description of where the seats and views are.

I'm not sure where the standing room area is; nor whether you get a view of the altar at all. I think you can purchase standing room tickets in advance, but if you email your request to the address I gave above, you should be able to find out.
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Old Jul 9th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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hi yk

just dropping in the say "vielen dank" for all the help you gave me with planning our trip to Vienna and beyond.

of course, once we arrived, most of your invaluable advice popped straight out of my head, and we ended up buying Vienna cards from three days [when i had definitely planned not to, but our hotel didn't stock the cheaper transport only passes and I couldn't be bothered to get the others] we didn't make it to MAK, we went to the Hofburg AND the Schoenbrunn, and we STILL had a good time.

Trip report on its way, i hope.

thanks again,

regards, ann
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Old Jul 10th, 2009, 10:53 AM
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Hi bernie; You can also order tickets for other events, besides the church 'mass', direct from the Boy's Choir web site. Just go to 'english' and then dates. Dick http://www.wsk.at/
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:00 PM
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yk - off-topic question, but I don't know whether you follow the US board. I'll be spending a few nights in New York in Sept and Nov - very first time not just flying in and out - and I wondered if you knew of any good links for Art Nouveau there?
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:15 PM
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Hi thursdaysd, I do post on the US board. I'm afraid I don't know much about AN in NYC... it has lots of Art Deco though!

I was really lucky when I visited NYC back in March - I caught an exquisite exhibition of Zsolnay porcelain pieces at the Forbes Gallery.

In any case, I think it's worthwhile to visit the Met since the American Wing has recently reopened. It has quite a bit of Louis Comfort Tiffany's works there. Also, you can consider visiting the Chagall Peace Windows at the UN:
http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...-at-the-un.cfm

You may be interested in my March NYC trip report; during which I took a couple of (free) tours:
http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...-4-museums.cfm
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:54 PM
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thursdaysd,

I have searched and don't think there is any art nouveau architecture here at all (if you find some, please post about it), but the Met has a gorgeous cabinet by Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, next to an AN chair (don't remember by whom), Guimard textile and vases, and some Galle jewelry.

More on topic-- have you been to Neue Galerie? Furniture by Kolo Moser, silverware by Josef Hoffmann, and of course its crown jewel, the Adele Bloch-Bauer portrait! The cafe has Otto Wagner upholstery.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:05 PM
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There's also a store on Madison Ave that sells vintage art nouveau jewelry, lamps, and furniture-- someone said the furniture section is as beautiful as a museum, but I haven't been in there yet (too intimidated to just walk in and browse).
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:21 PM
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Thanks to both of you! I'll read yk's TR as soon as So You Think You Can Dance finishes! Glad to hear about the Tiffany at the Met, and I'll add that Galerie to my list.

I have read about Tiffany windows at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrim (Brooklyn, I think) and the Little Singer Bldg 561-3 Broadway is listed as AN. I wasn't sure whether the cast iron buildings around Greene St were AN.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 07:20 PM
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I love the Neue Galerie and would visit it more often if its admission weren't so steep! Do try to stop by its Cafe Sabarsky. It has a lovely Viennese cafe ambiance, and I do like their cafe melange.
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 07:32 PM
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Hi yk - Can you tell me what hotel you stayed in at Budapest? I can't find it in the thread.

Thank you! Great trip report!
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 07:34 PM
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Never mind! I see that you rented an apartment
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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Hi Magellan_5, we rented an apartment in Budapest. It is a 3BR/2BA apt. Here's my post about it:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...omment-5650289
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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Thanks so much, yk - I'm headed to Budapest in November so I'm looking at various alternatives. Appreciate it!
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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 02:55 PM
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hi magellan,

we stayed in the hotel Pest, near the opera. it was very pleasant, newly restored I think, with lovely big rooms, near a metro station, and a decent breakfast. not too expensive either - or we wouldn't have been there.

regards, ann
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Hi annhig - thanks so much for the tip. I was looking at Hotel Pest, but had read some reviews about it that said there were no deadbolts on the doors and that they let people smoke in the stairwells (is that true?)

yk - sorry to piggy back on your thread!
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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hi magellan,

well, i don't remember these being problems for us but perhaps we're less aware of such matters. it's never occurred to me to look for deadbolts - I never assume that the lock to a hotel room is going to keep anyone out! why don't you e-mail the hotel and ask if they have room safes? i find them to be pretty good.

the internal stairwells I remember being smoke free, but there are external courtyards, which people might smoke in, I suppose. the main problem was that it was snowing and we got snowed on on the way to our room when we dodged through the courtyard! when we went [? 3 years ago] Hungary was not smoke-free in restaurants etc. so that was noticeable, but not in the hotel - which suggests to me that it wasn't a problem.

enjoy your trip,

regards, ann
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 04:52 PM
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Bookmarking...I'll be back in Budapest at the beginning of March
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Old Jan 14th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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bookmarking as well, I'll be there (Budapest) for annual kid-free jaunt for the beginning of March, too! Nice job, yk - I've printed this out and promise a report upon return...!
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Old Jan 14th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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Kyliebaby & Ahuageto, have a great trip!
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