60 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, 5 August 1952:

At 6 a.m. it was time to rise and shine. I guess I’ll rise anyway. I felt pretty good after my delicious bath the night before. Then four camera hounds (Eloise, Carol, Alicia and me) took off to see what kind of pictures we could get of the Russians. I asked a group of people along the way if they could help us find the Russians. They stared at us coldly and walked off. We soon decided to indulge with breakfast at the Mozart Café. We met up with Alene sitting on a bench as we passed between museums. We had almost missed her though.

Afterwards, we proceeded to the Kunst Museum where there was an interesting Egyptian section. There were sarcophages, bat wing ceilings, sacred Egyptian scarabs of all sizes, mummies, and all kinds of little statues of me (Isis). Ha! Ha! Greek pottery and Greek statues of Athena, Artemis, and Isis in Egytian robes were in one section. Roman statues of Acchus, Asiatische, Aphrodite, and a four headed sphinx were in their own section.

An incredible reproduction of an entrance to an old Egyptian Temple greeted us in the museum. I spotted a miniature of a gold statue of Osiris, ring of Isis, and some mummified animals. There were beautiful paintings by Titan, Tintoretto, Veronese, Perugino, and Barthlomeo in the museum. Also I observed a big tapestry of Don Quixote and breakfast service of Maria Theresa. I caught sight of an interesting painting of an egg and something with laquer by Joachin Bueckelaer. Other paintings there included artists such as Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Wolf Huber, Agnolo Bronzino, Giovanni da Bologna, Rembrandt, Jusepe de Ribera, Pieter Bruegel’s Tower of Babel and Ruben with a painting of his wife. Other objects there included a pope’s robe, precious blue vase, huge statue of Theseus besieged den, and gold tapestries of Moses and Israel. Four women worked thirty years on just one of these gold tapestries.

For lunch we stopped at Mozart’s Café and afterwards we shopped. I stopped to talk to some Americans in a house and lost the kids. I ran into Irene and went back to get a picture of Strauss Denkmal Monument. I found a brush set and wallet to buy and met Irene at St. Stephens Cathedral. We had a long trek home.

On the way home we stopped to buy cheese, bread, raisins, and fruit for lunch tomorrow. We got back just in time to get ready in order to meet the kids at the Yank Theatre. There was a tall Austrian character in a terrific cowboy show where we had popcorn and candy. We knew just what would happen next so we called all the plays. Later we trekked over to the Lindstrom’s for a party with cake, ice cream, and the works. It turned out to be a lot of fun.


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