Sunday, January 28, 2007

Coffee and Cake at the Reumannhof

This is Reumannhof, one of the "peoples' palaces" built here in the twenties, during the days of socialist, Red Vienna. It's public housing. That is, it's cheap to live here, even though the building, like many of the hundreds of other Viennese social housing blocs (Gemeindebau), is crazy beautiful. I've always loved the house, and tonight we got invited up to one of the penthouse studio apartments to have cake and coffee with an acquaintance who happens to live there.

See, this is what I'm talking about. This is one of those John Travolta-in-Pulp Fiction-moments. ("You know what's different about Europe? It's the little things.")

Beautiful public housing. What a concept.....

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