Update from 28. 08. 2008
Today i want to talk about Firefox, not the browser (which is worth to be mentioned anyways), but the movie from 1982. Great piece, love it. Clint Eastwood rocks!
But the most funny part of it (at least for me as a Viennese-by-heart) is the fact that all the scenes in Moskow were filmed - you guessed it - in Vienna! Watching it seeing all the familiar places stuffed with Soviet Union flags, communist posters and russian signs was quite an interesting experience... and here is my personal guide through the most recognizeable scenes:
Clint arrives at the Airport. I just put this one up for the funny Aeroflot signs placed perfectly right in the first scene in Vienna.
On the drive to his hotel, he's peeking back from the taxi to his follower... or maybe he's just interested in the ÖAMTC-Sign, the austrian club for cars and motorbikes?
Finally, after arriving at his hotel, he takes a walk to some of Austrias places of interest. Here he's passing the Heldentor.
His path leads him just across the street to the Naturhistorische Museum. This has a beautyful garden in front and is quite close to one of my favourite places, the Museumsquarter.
Another fine place for a little stroll is of course along the Donaukanal. I gotta admit, Clint is demonstrating taste in his Vienna-Selection!
He meets some friends in the Wiener Stadtpark. Very beautyful park, a little kitschy for my taste, but hey, it's Vienna after all. It invented Kitsch back around 1600 ;-)
And off they head for the Vienna Metro. Yes, that's what all metro buildings look over here!
This is the interior of that metro station. Great, how they put russian writing on everything visible. And next time i am there, i have to take a look wether that security camera is for real. And if it really was there already in '82...!
They are lucky and reach a train right there. In the evening time this isn't that easy...
Okay, Clint has to hurry a little.
But he does it already like a true Viennese. Congratulation, Mister Eastwood, first test passed!
On the train he can rest a little and watch the russian soldiers patroling at U1 Station Südtirolerplatz, which hints us, that they swapped trains at Schwedenplatz. Pretty silly route, they could have gone much faster by changing at Karlsplatz. Well, Tourists...
On the way out he's passing some russian checkpoint in the station. Nice painting in the background! My guess is that this is U1 Stephansplatz, but i could be wrong. Any guess?
After all this stress of sightseeing, Clint takes a trip to the countryside, passing a poster of the famous Milka-Cow and i can't get around the fact, that i doubt this would have hung in the USSR back then, but nowadays, it's sure possible.
This concludes my little guide through Vienna with the help of Clint Eastwood. I hope you enjoyed! See you soon when i lead you through The Third Man!