Now, why I hear you ask would I be so keen to go visit Vienna, the romance and attractiveness of the Austrian capital notwithstanding?
Well, as those who follow my blog will know I collect an Austrian army from the Napoleonic wars and am quite a fan of Archduke Charles, the man who was one of the only people to thrash the mighty Napoleon in a fair fight. The army that I am collecting and modelling is Archduke Charles' army of the Battle of Wagram of 1809
One little visit to Vienna would allow me to gaze upon the rather dynamic statue of this Titan of military achievement, the Archduke statue in the Heldenplatz outside the Hoffburg palace, seat of the Habsburg dynasty for 700 years, take a brief excursion from the city centre to the battlefields of Aspern-Essling, site of the aforementioned whooping and of course a little further out visit Deutsch Wagram where Napoleon got his own back on an inexcusably far too indolent Charles!
These things just begged to have three blog posts written about them. I thought I would share my visit to Charles with you first, packed out with a little biography work on the man himself!
Now, one thing can be guaranteed when I travel to a European destination to see a statue or monument that I particularly want to see... and that's that it will be festooned with scaffolding for some bloody music event that's happening the day after we leave... and that's why there are no photos of Charles here with the Hoffburg in the background... cos it was all covered in scaffolding!
But without further ado... ladies and gentlemen; I give you his Royal Highness Archduke Charles!