I’ve mentioned before how I am totally having a moment with window boxes. I’d completely forgotten about them in the states, but I see them everywhere in Europe and am 100% in love with them.
So when I walked past the building above – the Goldman & Salatasch building – I stopped in my tracks. It’s so pretty! And I just love the red flowers against the white background. The building is right across from the Imperial Palace and it made me happy each time I walked by it.
Apparently the Emperor of Austria, Franz Josef, had a different reaction. He thought the building was so ugly that he refused to look it and had the curtains drawn on the windows in the palace that faced it. The window boxes were actually an addition, tacked on to improve the building’s aesthetic. Prior to that, Austrians referred to the building as “the woman with no eyebrows.”
So mean! But, adding the “eyebrows” was certainly a good idea.