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Zadie meets the masters on her half birthday

Happy birthday Zadie, a visit to the Albertina museum, first carrot, first cake, first present!

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Zadie is six months old today!

What a special day, a special girl. We are so much in love with her.

The morning was relaxed, she started the day by chatting up a storm with daddy as they lay in bed, then we had a play session on the mat where she practiced log rolling. After her morning nap and feed, we took her for a walk through the Hofburg gardens to the Albertina museum.

What an impressive collection of art! Most of it belonged to Duke Albert of Saxen-Taschen, who married Maria Christina, one of Empress Maria Theresa's sixteen children, her favourite actually. Maria Christina is Marie Antoinette's sister. Anyway, Maria Christina loved art and was a talented painter, and through their travels and connections, the two of them amassed one of the best, most diverse collections of masterpieces in the world. Pieces (all original of course), include the works of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffeolo, Ruffini, Chagall, Klimt, Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Dégas, Durer and more. Zadie, at just six months, has met the masters! Images, info on the Albertina here

She fell asleep soon after we arrived so missed the exhibit of Fischl's glassines, but awoke to see the works of legends. She was very content in our arms, drooling as we looked at impressionist, cubist, realist and portrait pieces. Zadie especially liked Picasso - I think his strong contrasting lines and bright colours appealed to her. Or maybe it's just her congenital good taste?

We went for a Wiener Mélange and hazelnut roll at a cafe nearby, then scurried back through the narrow streets and corridors, through archways of palaces to avoid the rain on our way home.

Dan cooked roast chicken for dinner, and Zadie contentedly gummed her (first) steamed carrot while we ate. This was followed by her first (half) birthday cake, which she attacked, determined and focused, with both hands. Then she opened her first present. And loved it! Ok ok, I'll be honest. She wasn't exactly trying to open the present; she was in fact trying to eat the napkin I used as wrapping paper. And she didn't care as much about the present (a bath duck) as she did it's cardboard packaging, which she also tried to eat. But she'll get there. One gift at a time. And meanwhile I'll humour myself by thinking that she opened and loved her present.

Here are more pics. Game time at our table, Zadie carrying Dan around on her back as she flies through the streets, an old Citroyen with the driver sticking her head out the window (look close!), visit to Schonnbrunn, our munchkin on her birthday, scenes from our daily walks and inside the city hall. The elaborately gilded and decorated hall is a main room in the Rathaus - we visited it on Marchenwelt, which tranlsates to Fairyworld, an event put on by the city for children. Our daughter is obviously too young to have enjoyed the games, stores, face painting and silk screening, but we were happy to have excuse to access to the insides of this beautiful Gothic building. Enjoy!

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Posted by CeeZeeDeeBP 11:50 Archived in Austria

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