2016-09 Vienna
Vienna, Schloss Belvédére
Vienna, Schloss Belvédére

On the way back from Budapest we stayed for some days in Vienna. The hotel chosen had perfect rooms but was “a bit” too far outside from the City center. Wrong choice somehow. We visited the usual tourist attractions, Hofburg, Schloss Schoenbrunn and Schloss Belvédére. The later was obviously built for representatve purposes only – at least we could find no rooms which served the daily life. The building is used now as an art exhibition. The paintings may be of famous artists but I would actually not want many of them hanging on a wall in my flat. Not my taste. However – the only sign of Desert I found in vienna was also there. I don't recall the artist and the title of the painting. It was something like “oriental market*. The visit to the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum was great and also the Imperial Treasure was very impressive – it showed the past glory of the K.u.K. Monarchy in a perfect way. Apparently the modern architects think it is a good thing to give vienna a new architectural face. I have my doubts. Worst thing I have seen is the building where our hotel was incorporated: Grey concrete combined with black metal. Ugly and cold… remidned a bit to a burnt out industrial building.

02.10.2016 20:27 | Kuno Gross

2016-09 For the first time in Budapest
Budapest, Military Museum, WWI Uniform
Budapest, Military Museum, WWI Uniform

The second city to be visited in September was Budapest. I had never been there before. Also here nothing related to Desert” – except a few pieves of WWI uniforms in the *Military Museum up the castle-hill. Hungarian soldiers, then in the k.u.k Army were supporting the Turkish in this war. No – there was a second desert-topic: After several years I met again with Andras Zboray. Food was delicous: Indian stuff with Andras then Syrian and Lebanese in Retaurants. We really had some good days in Budapest – and I liked the old Metro line number 1 with its 19. centrury train stations. At least I believe that they date back to this time.

I actually wanted to visit the aircraft museum at Szoloneki, about 100 kms away from Budapest. Unfortunately it had been closed about a year before… und luckily it was opened from new at a new location in the same city, at an old railway station. Old buildings renovated and a new hall erected here. Very nice display of mainly russian type fighter jets. The only two bad things – not all the aircraft have yet been brought over to the new place and it appears as if the “big ones” will stay where they are. I am afraid that they will be scrapped…

02.10.2016 20:26 | Kuno Gross

2016-09 A few days in Munich

Munich is in easy reach from where I live. Used the chance to go there by train since absolutely cheap tickets were offered by the Swiss Federal Railways. The days were calm compared to the Oktoberfest which has started shortly after my visit. My “actual reason” to go to Munich was to get some photos of the Helwan HA-300 supersonic jet. One of the prototypes of the Egyptian aircraft was on display at the Flugwerft Schleissheim. It “was”. The aircraft was not there any more. One of the emplyees explained that it had been moved to the nearby depot of the museum to gain place for a MIG-15 (what sounds more than weird). A second one then knew that it was transferre to another museum but he had no clue to which. Asking a question on the museums website brought no reply… But in the meantime I know that it has been brought to Messerschmitt Stiftung in Manching. It is not listed on their website but there is a video showing the transport. Bad enough. The aircraft at Manchng are accessible for visitors about once a month on a Friday and only for announced groups. Else we had a good time in Munich.

Desert? Obviously not. Except for the Fieseler “Storch” in its “tropical version” as it was used in the Desert Campaign of WWII. But I am not sure if the tone of the color is not too brown… would expect it mor “sand-like”.

02.10.2016 20:21 | Kuno Gross

2016-07 Madrid

The last time I was in Spain was at least 25 years back. Barcelona. This time I went to Madrid – and it was hot. Saturday brought up to 37 degree centigrade. But it was a “cool” trip. As you can imagine, the main reason to go there was old aircraft – but I wont show them here…

Beside the Airforce Museum, if you should be in Madird, you definitely need to visit the Fundacion Infante de Orleans… and “mandatory”: The naval museum.

30.07.2016 19:59 | Kuno Gross