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HDGÖ: Tentative Beginnings

Last week I toured the new Haus der Geschichtes Österreich (House of Austrian History), a museum that recently opened in a wing of the former Hapsburg Palace. The museum’s focus is on Austria from 1918 forward, when the Empire was dissolved.

One might be surprised at what there is still to learn.

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Ukiyo-e and the West

Once upon a time Japan was terra incognito. Then along came Commander Perry in 1845 to “suggest” (he brought his fleet of American warships as a calling card) that Japan end its policy of national seclusion by opening its ports to trade, and the fascination with the exotic began.

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Claude, Niko, Helen and Der Feldhase

An incredible morning at the Albertina.

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“Once in a Lifetime”

Sage advice.

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Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin

When Wes Anderson pokes around in the holdings of Vienna’s museum collections.

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“Just a Piece of Cloth”

The Ethnography Museum tried to weave a tale about the Headscarf.

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When I am Not Traveling

In the lulls between travels much has transpired.

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Autumn in Istria

Tony had a repeat work trip in Trieste, a city we both appreciate for its coastal location (translation: seafood!). The plan had been to drive down for the weekend, and then I would drive back to Vienna on Monday while Tony carried on with his work matters.

We know how that plan went to pot.

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The Annie Leibovitz of Austria

Except that Annie never had to hide.

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