We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When you visit Vienna, pick out, in advance according to Bird Dog's Museum Rules, what you want to see in a museum in one hour - and then leave and go to a cafe for a vino or a Vienna caffe, and walk around.
Last time we went, we just saw the Peter Breugel rooms in the Kunsthistorishes Museum. Worth the trip to Vienna and the climbs up the marble stairs. The wealthy Viennese loved those Dutch painters. Me, Mrs. BD, and lad. Another day, a daughter and I did the Belvedere while others did other things. We two had a fine day together, as she had figured out the train system in minutes and is loads of fun to explore with. Adventurous. We even visited Freud's apartments. Nice.
(My wife and kids are so adventurous, I just tie my sneakers and follow them. I love their company, but I think I am naturally more of a lazy cafe person. I rely on them all to enrich my life.)
Now they have a show of their 16th C tapestries. Faden der Macht. I'd like to see it but Vienna again is not on our 2-year Master Plan. We need to plan one or two more total-family parental trips before we grow old. Cape Cod, Tuscany, Provence.
You gave no link for Bird Dog's Museum Rules so I googled and found that there actually is a Bird Dog Museum. Excellent.
Even so, what are your rules?
I didn't discover museums until in my fifties when my wife dragged me into the Prado in 2009. Since then I love them. My rule may be similar to yours. I look at stuff until I feel overloaded. Sometimes this takes an hour sometimes more.
Then I too eat and drink, away from any displays. I don't understand your comment about walking as by the time I take my break I have usually walked a lot. Sometimes after a break I can get back at it, sometimes not, but that's OK because we buy a multi-day pass whenever possible.
I'll be in London & Barcelona for October. Does anyone have any particular recommendations?
We were just in Vienna and used a different set of rules. We don't go near museums on vacations unless it's raining and rarely then. The last thing I want to do when I'm traveling is is spend time inside. We travel and try to see as many places as we can while we can. We can see the museum exhibits online at home.