Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kindermuseum at Schonbrunn

[click to enlarge] Today it rained. We were going to visit the Flohmarkt/Naschmarkt, but when Rob came back from across the street and looked like he'd taken a sideways shower, we revisited our plans. We went down to Schonbrunn again, this time to the children's wing. Here you can play dress up in period costumes, try out the kinds of toys the children would have played with, and set the imperial table with your own choices of [plastic] food. Our kids have had a blast here. While Madeline would have stayed all day and tried on every dress/petticoat/overdress/hat/wig/snippet of lace that she could, even the boys didn't fight too much about dressing like soldiers and archdukes.
Rob and I were just looking for a couple of pictures like this (Franz Stefan and Maria Theresia with their brood of children by Martin van Meytens).
But for the life of me I can't imagine how anyone painted children, royal or no, after trying to snap a picture of these little wrigglers!
Maddie found a favorite dress and some ladies-in-waiting. "Could you fan us a little more on the right?"
And we finally got an adequate photo of the three boys, because when are you going to have three matching brocade jackets and crowns hanging around?

Now there is a photo for the dust jacket on Rob's next book. Too bad he isn't still wearing his facial hair from last July to complete the look. . .

Just for historical accuracy, I have to note that Will much preferred the three-cornered hats to any other headgear. Joss, on the other hand, didn't mind the crowns at all, but wouldn't keep anything else on his head. Coincidence? I think not. Guten Tag, Herr Konig!Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Lois said...

That photo of Rob is the BEST!