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The Cemetery of the Nameless

semi-overcast 26 °C

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The little visited small cemetery of Nameless Ones is lying on the bank of the Albern Dock, behind huge grain warehouses - on the skirts of skirts of the cityskirts.

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It's quite complicated to get there, need to switch buses, trams and metro and go through inattractive neighbourhoods and industrial zones. However it's a guesthouse, situated just behind the cemetery, between riverbanks with docks and the cemetery fence, very near to industrial buildings. In the weird way this guesthouse is somehow seems fully-occupated, the parking zone near is busy with cars and the guesthouse - restaurant is busy as well. I was particulary interested to watch people who choose this strange location for their vacation - I thought they are may be fans of death cult something or suisidal ones, or may be harbour workers that need temporary accommodation ...? But no, not at all! I have seen happy and healthy people with bicycle sun-tun and smiling faces. Some came there for fishing (?) and others enjoyed the beer and meal in beergarden attached to the guesthouse. It seems that neither cemetery just nearby nor warehouses and port were disturbing their appetite to life.
That's cool!
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All right, enough of walking around - now the couple of words about the Cemetery of the Nameless ones.

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There are around 100 graves, most of them from 1900-1940th. The magority are those of unidentified people, have drowned in the river nearby. Some of these were later indentified, others staid nameless.

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Personalised stone with surrealistic bird (?)

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And here is the grave of Herr Hans - the victim of his profession.
It's a little poetry in German about Hans.
It says:
Here I lie in the cool earth,
Should not but had to die.
Had to leave your circle for
being honored in the sky.
To the victim of his profession -
sleep calm!

At fact this not-visited place doesn't look like abadoned. The cemetery is clean and there are flowers on some graves. Little chapel was errected in 1935. This plague on the wall took my attention.

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"... Josef Fuchs - the owner of the Golden Merit of the city of Vienna
04/03/1906 - 04/02/1996
of over sixty years, until his death, he has selflessly cared and looked after the Cemetery of Nameless."

Josef sure had had his reasons to do. But still, to give the last respect to unknown people, to take care about ones who never thanks - it's kind of mission. So I think.

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Here is a curiosity.
Reading the text on the plaque, I seen the family Fuchs and got confused for a while, thinking about famous Fuchs - painter and sculptor and architect, what ever else he did during long and productive life. Fuchs is a show-man and often was unpredictable for common sence of common people. So, caressing about the cemetery of nameless easily could be his thing. I have to fix it already now, Josef Fuchs (the man of the Golden Merit) and Ernst Fuchs (an artist) - two different people. I bet they are even not relatives.
Still, remembering Ernst Fuchs, I want introduce him to you, if you still don't know him.

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A day out

Daily trips from Vienna - ideas, raiting, tips and comments.

Visited:

  • !!!! KLOSTERNEUBURG (Austrian's prononce it beautifully) is a small historical town, situated immediately north of Vienna, after famous Wienna Walds. Easy to reach with train or bus, and, even easier by car. Nice architecture, wineries and church. But the real pearl is 900 y.o. Stift Klosterneuburg (Klosterneuburg Monastery) with its winery, art collection, Cultural Heritage, sumptuously decorated rooms and concerts of live music.
  • !!!! ENNS - one of my absolute favorites in Austria. It's situated a bit far from Vienna, but still reachable relatively easy by train.
  • !!!! DURNSTEIN is picturesque! It's my another favorite one. The town (or village?) is even smaller then Enns. It sits in half-way of the boat-ride (Wachau) between Krems and Melk.
  • !!!! RUST- very small but charming town at lake-side, next to Hungarian border. Come there by bus (2 hrs ride from Vienna). Can be combined with EISENSTADT
  • !!! SHALLABURG CASTLE - very nice Renaissance castle, in short distance from Melk (shattle is running from Melk train station). There are also garden, exhibitions, restaurant and three walking-paths through the forest, around the castle.
  • !!! BADEN - such a lovely-lovely town.
  • !!! GREIN - beautiful Renaissance castle, well preseved old town and no tourist crowd!
  • !!! WACHAU by boat - a boat ride is lovely, but better ride by boat one direction and return by train. Return boat trip is too long, expensive and a bit boring for doing it twice. There are lovely Krems, Stein and Durnstein - not to miss them.
  • !!! SEMMERING - ski resourt and lovely architecture in addition of spectacular train road. Just a couple of hours (by train) from Vienna.
  • !!! RAX MOUNTAINS - for hiking. Need hiking boots. Couple of hours from Vienna by train, then free shuttle (at day time).
  • !! Schloss Artstetten - here is the life and times of Archduke-Heir Franz Ferdinand. If you r interested in history and persons who "made the history" - this is the right place to visit. Coming from Vienna - need a car.
  • !! Laxenburg - just 15 km from Vienna, easy to reach by bus. Pleasant park and "toy-alike" palace.
  • !! Melk
  • ! Modling

Coming Next:

  • ! SCHLOSSHOF - baroque Castle + garden, located next to the Hungarian border, optionally can be combined with Carnuntum (Roman Archeological Park) and with castles in Marchegg and Niederweiden. Farm-area of Marchfeld (see below), scenic towns Marchegg and Hainburg. Comes in good combination with National Park Donauauen. Another Baroque Castel is in Neiderweiden, sometimes hosts exhibitions. Bus + 4317982900
  • ? CARNUNTUM - Roman heritage (archeological park & museum). Sitts almost at Hungarian border. Part (optionally) of trip to thr National Park Donau - Auen. Nearby to "castle-areas" of Seewinkel Area[/i] (birds-watching, biking/hiking around [i]Illmitz and Lake Neusiedl), and [i]Marchfeld Plain[/i]. Home of the good desert wines (oily, sweet and expensive).

In Styria:

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In the village - Day 5

sunny 24 °C

Today no rain.
In the morning, when Andre still slept, I drew the garden

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Then we did some bicycle and rest of day spent in the garden - taking dry leaves out.
Andre drew the pumpking - before it becomes soup.

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In the evening Monika and Gerhard came to the village. They brought cakes from the party and some more foods. We spent a wonderful evening together, chatting. I like to hear to family stories, and they have lot of them. It's our last night here, tomorrow we return to Vienna. What can I say - the week passed fast.

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In the village - Day 4

rain 14 °C

THE RAINY DAY THOUGHTS.
7:00am

Another rainy morning in the village.
It's +14C on the thermometer - hard to believe, as it doesn't cold.

I don't feel bored in the village.
If rain will not stop soon, then I'll be drawing today.
We have enough food and always can to prepare something else, we don't hurry anywhere and not missing anything. Just perfect! Also we have wine, TV, books and table games - to entertain ourselves, internet connection and telephone - to keep in touch with the city ... LOL... look at me! I almost appologize about my comfortable doing nothing! When I went here - I was asked again and again: "What will you do there?", so, probably I'm trying to explain what exactly I will do here. But it's useless try - because one, who asked doesn't understand another being but work or simulation of the work process. And also this person completely dependent of so-called "civilization", when you can buy everything immediatelly at your request and can't accept life with no supermarket nearby.

I will not deny - I'm a city resident and the city is my natural habitat. Once upon a time I had experience of village-being for a whole year, even it was long time ago - I still shudder remembering it: I nearly went mad there from isolation and despair. But it doesn't mean that I can't enjoy living in the countryside for certain period and, for sure, I am able to adapt myself to new environment.

The only thing that really disturbs - there are annoying village flies. I expected the mosquitoes, but fortunately not (touch wood, I have horrible allergy on their bites). We ought to find out how to get rid of the flies, there should be other ways besides fly swatter?
But so what - the flies! Yesterday a wild pheasant wandered on the lawn in our yard.
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12:00, noon

The forecast was optimistic, it said the rain will stop at the noon and even will be some sunshine. We decided to go to forest to seek mushrooms. They should grow after the rain, aren't they? And at 11am rain really paused. Until we were dealing with proper equipment - the rain restarted. Oooooh... that sucks. Not that i have anything against the rain, but I'm almost dressed and ready to go out. What should we do now? To lunch?

SMART LITTLE BUDDY
One more cute thing in this house it a cleaning robot. It's a very smart small machine that moving all around the house (need to lock doors leading to the steps down), it sweeps and swirls, collects debris, and when getting softly stick in corners or furniture, it deftly turns around and changes direction. Fantastic! Photos of moving machine were blured, so I stopped it for a while. And here it's - the technical miracle!

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Andre said that when robot has low battery it seek for a charger, charge itself and continue the job. Ah?

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EVENING

Afternoon rain became light and we went to the forest. It was a bit dissapointing - no mushrooms at all, even no one old and bitten by snails, no grebes or toadstools - just nothing at all! It's understandable, even 2 last days were rainy - but the land under the wet leaves is desert dry. Yes, understandable but still frustrating! It seems for mushrooms need to wait a week or so.

Rain stopped and begun in loop, several times. Rest of the day we spent inside.

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Andre was playing with "tangram"- I should try it too, he says it's genius idea. I was drawing. Finally I found time for it.

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In the village - Day 3

Rain, biomarket and pumpking soup

rain 17 °C

Morning is rainy. It's not a storm but transparent shower coming from light clouds. Air is quite warm, so I think we'll go out (when Andre will get up). Today is Friday - which means that farm-eco-what ever- market works during the whole day. I've got my eye on pumpkins, when we were bicycling, so we maybe will buy one. I have phantasies about pumpkin soup and pumpkin rice and also oven-burned pumpkin sounds to me inviting. Oh, my God! What will I do with all these extra-kilogramms? I always return from Austria "fat and happy", paying with my broken shape for my good appetite. But let it now. Never mind (almost!), let's switch into something more interesting. I hope that after this rain we could find some mushrooms in the forest. This is the plan for tomorrow. The forest here is beautiful but quite dry, which is not good for mushrooms. Have you seen photos from the forest in my yesterday post?

BIO MARKET & PUMPKIN SOUP
It's the Bio Market in the village at Fridays. We are not fricks of healthy food, but wanted to refill our stock. We have bought the pumpking and many various roots and cooked the pumpkin soup - mmm..! delicious! We also has bought pie. Everything was very tasty, a bit expensive - like all "healthy" food.

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In the village - Day 2

Forest

sunny 28 °C

FOREST
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Photos at the bottom line:
from left - ladybags, from right - wild hop. In the 2nd line from the bottom (right side) - there are marks of animals being in the mud.

Walking in the forest, if you are not too loud, you can easily see variety of wild animals: european red deer, roe deer, wild boars, weasels, squirrels and little creatures like moles and wood mice. Lots of birds, large eagles, pheasants and gray-blue wood pigeons with a nasty voice, tits, swallows, quail and rodsvennikov, and of course the geese and all that.
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Nothing remarkable happen at afternoon: lunch and so.
I grabbed a camera and went to take some shots of the village.
It's a castle(?) here, seems in private ownership. Relatively to other village houses - all fresh-colored and renovated, the castel is in shabby condition. Though the building is not abandoned, the yard is swept and flowered, and cute curtains are peeping from the windows. They cut woods and sell firewood. There are expensive cars in the courtyard, and the most interesting part is the fenced area between the house and the forest, there are grass and some treese and there is a dozen European deer, the whole family: antlered daddy, elegant lady-deers and fawns of different sizes. We thought, it may be the forestry?

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A dry tree in front of the castle gates buzzing loudly. Hornets of hefty size - like child's fist, live in the hollow . I wanted to take pictures of their flights, but stopped myself at time. It was not one of my best ideas, definately.

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Opposite the castle - the fire brigade. Monica says that the local firefighters are volunteers, not a pro, and that it makes their service extremely effective. I believe they are.
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At night we had a visitor - it came, attracted by light.
After the photosession we let it go.

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The bicycle

I did it!
I ride bicycle!

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Don't laugh - for me it's a Big Deal, I begun trying to ride in my 40th and it's not my natural choice.
As you know, I'm a water-person. Having another sport activities I always avoid(ed) riding bicycle. For many reasons, yes.
But now I am doing it: insecure and slow, but I can ride.

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The only apple

sunny 26 °C

They usually have crates of apples and Monika is cooking compot, baking apple strudel at regular base and handing apples out to friends and all family members, also I'm in the apple-loop, when I'm in Austria. But this year apple tree on a break. It's hard to believe, but it is the only one apple on the tree. Precisely it was the only one.
Yesterday it was yet hanging on the tree alike Christmas ball,
but todayI found it lying in the grass. Sensing the importance of the moment - I did apple's portraits.
Here they are.

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In the village - Day 1

Village of Bergau

sunny 26 °C

GUTEN MORGEN!
What can be better then rustic breakfast on the balcony watching the garden? Morning is a bit chilling and I'm rolled into the blanket.

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THE BICYCLE
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Andre is trying to inspire me to ride a bike, but I persistence: I am a bad rider and for me the bike is not a joy but annoying. I wanna walk and don't mind the distance and time will be twice in lenth. They have here many bikes and all the equipment - really "the crime" to miss this possibility to improve my bicycling skills...mmm... may be tomorrow? Or at afternoon may be?

BERGAU
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Today we undertook a short trip to the nearby village.
Honestly - nothing special, the casual village.

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Quiet, the streets empty, incredibly clean and tidy -
like everywhere in Austria. It's only 2km away of Porrau,
but since we didn't walk the direct way but hiked through hills, fields and woods - it took few hours.

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In the forest we gorged on wild blackberry - wonderful! The harvest from the fields is taken already, there is no splendor of sunflowers, only corn is still there.

You can see on photos: patches of fields running through hills, massive forest, siluette of blue mountains on the horison and beautiful autumn sky.

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From the hill we have seen skyscrapers of Vienna (70 km from here!). There are numerious watchtowers in the forest and in the field. Monika said there are watching-stands for hunters. There are deers and other animals in the forest two steps from the village.

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In the forest you also can find wooden stands with salt cristals - deers like to lick it.
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Except of natural wonders there is another wonder -
T-mobile connection. I can't believe, but it works from no-where.
We were talking by mobile with mom from the fields and from the middle of forest. Stunning! I used to have connection problems each time when getting away from antenna - even when it's not really far. It's really impressive that it works in any conditions here, in Austria!

THE LUNCH TIME
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NEWS
At time of lunch we received a call from my mom.
She had news. She said that probably Vienna-accomodation issue will be solved already tomorrow and it means that our trip to Carinthia should be cancelled. We could stay tight to our plans, but except of financial side (staying in Vienna is cheaper then any trip out) - there is a human factor: we know how much she (mom) wants us near.
After short discussion Andre and me decided that if everything will go smooth with Vienna apartment - then we will stay in Vienna.

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In the village

sunny 28 °C

PORRAU
Village called Porrau and it's near the very nice town of Hollabrunn.
This is the summer house of Monika's family and we are the guests.
We'll be staying here for a week, alone - Monika und Gerhard just brought us there, we spent a lovely day together and then they returned to the city. They will come next Monday to pick us back to Vienna.

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On the photos (from left to right):
1. Former wine cellars (once Porrau was a village of wine-makers).
2. Horses - "to take the stress out" business
3. Flowers of somebody
4. Disco in Bergau (the neighboring village)

THE HOUSE
I don't try to describe the whole house here. It's big enough, even looks tiny from the street. Two levels + big garden that connected from behind. The family is owning this hous about 30 years, so every thing already found its place. There are layers of history: grandma's vases and plates, old sweaters that comfortable and almost new, but not suitable for the city, the mountains of puzzles and toys left by grown daughters and nieces, books, foods and all the rest, nesessary for comfortable life. I prefer to show fragments.

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On the photo at the left:
This is an original kitchen set for spices from Monika's mother.
I think, but not sure, that smiling frau at the b&w photo is mother of Gerhard. She was a very stylish lady.

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On the right picture above: the workshop of Gerhard in the ground flour

THERMOMETERS
What I especially like here - it's numerous thermometers that Gerhard (I think it was him!) hanged everywhere in the house and outdoors. I counted 11 indoors only. You see, my lifestyle is independent in many ways, but my plans are quite dependent of weather. I spend long hours walking outdoors and I like to be dressed, sun-blocked and equiped perfectly - relatively to weater condition.

THE CUCKOO
Another cute thing is the cuckoo clock, that - I agree, absolutely essential in a country house. Their cuckoo is a bit hysterical: the door claps with a bang, cuckoo pops out quick as it's the fire inside and cuckooing correct number of times. Then - clap! - job is done, doors are closed.

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When we just arrived and were planned to sleep in the room with cuckoo clock, Gerhard showed how to shut it up for the night time. So we did. Next morning, after breakfast, we remembered about the cuckoo, locked in its house, and Andre let her get out. Oh my! The cuckoo almost knocked Ande down, jumping out of her prison, like it was live creature! Being an Austrian cuckoo, the wooden bird is extremely keen to its duties. As it could not do the job during the whole night, informing us "what time it is" once a half-an-hour, the cuckoo revenged and cuckooed all missed cuckooes in one! Wow... it was impressive monologue!

THE GARDEN
As I mentioned earlier - the garden is green and spacious. Flowers, some fruit trees, wild strawberry in the season. It's planned in the city-style: no vegetable beds, but the grass meadow. For pleasure.

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Of recent acquisitions I should mention the inflatable pool -
the owner's proud.

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My Austrian family - 2012

So, here is the news of summer 2012.
Mutti of Gerhard has gone this year.
This photo isn't new - it was taken couple of years ago.
They were very close to each other. I'm sorry.

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Christina will give birth in October in Costa Rica. They finished to build the own house. Parents are going to visit them and see the new-born grandchild. They also plan a short trip in Panama - it's near.
(photos will come...)

My friend Angelika is working hard. In last summer Ferando's parents have visited them in Vienna - actually it was their 1st visit and first European experience as well. Gabriel is growing - one of the sweetiest children I know. This year (2012) he is 4 years old.

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Monika and Gerhard continue to travel. Gerhard finished his work and now can spend much more time in the village. He is very happy about it. He continues to ride bicycle and to ski actively. Monika, inspite her knee trauma, is dancing and didn't stop moving ever. They look fresh and happy. I love these people. I really do.

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Monika's mutti is still shining - it's a great pleasure to meet so positive people, quality is not so common in nowadays. Grandma-tomboy with short haircut that playing computer games. When she comes, her sunny smile running 20m for advance of her feet.

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Konstantin

and walk through 18th district

rain 20 °C

Today we met Konstantin, bitten by a wasp, and with his GF Alex.

We knew about Alex for ages, and even staid once in her one-room apartment in the old University building, but never met personally. So, today it finally happen. The cute and spicy student-girl ("Crazy Paprica") grew up into the sharp lady with good manners, a successful lawer and a faithful companion of K.

K is still loaded with his business, bicycle rides and philosophical ideas. Alex, being more practical - as the most ladies are, cares for all the rest: house and socialising, family relations, all types of bureaucracy that have to be managed and the rest of tasks and activities on all levels of their life. Being a part of University society - type of like the Knights, I believe, K has privileges and rights and for sure also the duties. It made possible his prolonged stay in University Campus - really amazing and old (18th cent?) building, the same one where we staid in "Paprica"'s apartment in winter 2002. Now the building need the serious renovation - it begun to crumble into pieces and became not safe to live in, K&A were forced to move, and they moved into nice rented apartment in 18th district.

Replying on our compliments about bright and cozy apartment, they said in one voice: "Yes, it's very green area and nice place to live, but THE MOST IMPORTANT - it's 15 mins to the forest".
"To which forest?" - I re-asked, taken aback.
"To Wienna Wald" - they nodded in unison.
"Aha, I see..." - I said. I could hardly resist the silly comments alike "Did you switch into foresters or woodcutters?"
But they sound very serious and happy about the good choice they did, so I didn't spoil the happy moment.

Except of difficulties with business and the arm swollen from the bite, they make impression of happy people. They are cycling a lot, manage healthy lifestyle and both look good. I wanted to take a photo of them, but hesitated to ask for it - K said he really feels sick. We greeted him to feel well soon and left.

When we were in the place of K&A, the rain sropped, so we could to walk a bit. The photos are below.

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U6
If you ever come to Vienna and are interested in Art Nouveau railway architecture, you should take a ride along one of the most interesting urban railways - the remnants of Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn, built in 1893-1901. All that you need do - to take a day-ticket and grab your camera.

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175th anniversary of Austrian railways

Alo, buddy, let's go party!

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Angelika is a genius!
She found this very special event and invited us
to join her and Gabriel.

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Man, 175 years old service is not a joke! It's impressive date. This event was as if specially planned for me and Gabriel! Everyone knows my weakness to trains and railways - I did never hide it, actually. 4-year-old Gabriel was also shocked by such an abundance and variety of locomotives of all colors, and their incredible affordability. First we seen the newest models in the station of Prater. The public was allowed to enter trains, to see, to touch, to sit in the 1st class and also in business class (oooooh, really very comfortable!) wagons; those who interested (surprisingly many!) were suggested to eat and drink in the carriage-buffet and, finally, everyone was admitted into the holy of holies - the cab. No, drive a train was not offered, but you could sit in the cabine and pretend a driver. Comeon, that's fun!

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The continue of the celebration was even more exciting!
We took the sits in another train on Prater (all for free, clearly) and it took us 20 mins ride into the railway repair workshop - the real one, not a model and not a museum. Man, it's huge! It was such an amount and variety of bits of iron there that I just choked with excitement, and Andrew directly run to photograph all the engineering miracles.

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With no kidding about - the modern train technology is really very impressive and also I have lots of sentiments to the old trains and all basic train-care works, alike coloring and polishing, renovating sits and mechanical parts, also I adore all sorts of tablets, symbols and labels.

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There were also working hefty operating model railroad with tunnels, stations and sidings, with cows grazing in the meadow, mountain rivers, holiday villages and tiny population, which was keenly travelling by rail, as well was busy with work and having fun. There were typical Austrian hiking families, bikers and bicycle riders, people in uniform and people with no any form, sunbathing and swimming in the lake. Gabrielle was shocked with the road accident that happen under the railway bridge. Overturned cars, police with flashing lights and ambulance - it was alike real!

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Then we were kindly treated with apples, took a look into a repair workshop on wheels (a consummate order and cleanliness!) and took a train back to Prater. After watching the accident under the bridge together with Andre, Gabriel completely hung on him, looking up with unconcealed admiration and enthusiasm. Andre is good in getting alone with children, and Gabriel is really a very sweet one.

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We invited them to our place for dinner - we don't have chairs and no proper table in this new-renovated apartment, but we always can make something tasty to eat.

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We had a dinner and then set on the balcony, chatting and watching lightened Vienna - beautiful in every hour.
We had such a perfect day!
In complete dusk I took Angelika to the metro station,
Gabriel already lost all his energy and was lying on her sholder.

Posted by vanessa 21:06 Archived in Austria Tagged train anniversary angelica angelika qbb 175 Comments (2)

The Parallel Universe

About the circus. Also about Donau Insel and chilling with comfort.

sunny 29 °C

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The second half of August is here -
should I feel the cold autumn breath?

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Actually, this week is hot and temperature is rising.. oh oh, no, I'm not happy with it! We are still skating and swimming daily, but I noticed yellow and red leaves, the smell of cut grass and end of the swimming season is visibly close.

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Light became different and sky sometimes looks dramatic,
alike on today photos.

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I enjoy this Danube time very much and don't mind it will last longer. My old skaters are almost collapsed, but I used to them and don't hurry to buy new pair. They also have very good wheels - relatively new ones, that I would not like to miss or exchange. I told you about this island, where we r skating, many times. Being so familiar with - some ppl even begun to say hello!, but I still having new impressions every day. The animal life is very impressive, and we like animal-watching and know to notice things. Also human life on the island is not less impressive. I like to watch characters, to listen to intonations, sometimes even to have a small talk. People, when they naked (nude beach, yeah) - they become more real then ever. I like they are so sunburned and natural. It's not such a thing like "Island Community", but, watching people here I found many (qualities) at common: They are friendly but unobtrusive, extremely neat, not loud, practical and know to make enviroment comfortable.

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At the left: a machine that clean the bottom of the slime and other aquatic vegetation.
Right photo: just WC (one of many on the island). I like its design.

BTW, about comfort: I don't know another nation that knows to organise own life in so intelligent way. It can be seen in many levels of human being - from public toilets to masterly folded firewood. In the nature their habit of comfort excites and misleads me. Many come from far away. Regardless of their age, they bravely pedaling a bike (and others are roller-skating or going on foot). They caressing folding camp bed with attached tent, often also radio, small pillow and book to read - which is quite normal. But sometimes people bring with them half of house equipment, making not ordinary choice of objects,nesessary for sunbassing. I have seen there a mop - to wash the slime from the steps leading to water, a watering can - to water the grass near the river, others come with comfortable wagons for transportation of short-legs pets, etc. But the first place of originality and unpredictability certainly need to give to the thermometer hanging on the tree!

Last days passed with no significant events: same skating-swimming mornings, some walks around, little this, little that. Couple of days ago I met Angelika and Gabriel. We went together to the exhibiton "The Circus as a Parallel Universe ".

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I love the circus, and therefore interested in everything connected with it. the exhibition was eclectic but not bad. Some objects where cute and funny - like elephant of a real size, hanging a foot above the floor, with trunk stuck in the wall. Stuffed halflion - halfzebra was masterly executed. Other exhibits - such as dried mermaid and various monsters were creepy.

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I got impression that the exhibition was a marketial act for saling the book. What ever. Photography was prohibited so I found online some photos and video on youtube.

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... wonders and clowns, how they could be missed?
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Posted by vanessa 15:40 Archived in Austria Tagged danube island swim skate comfort skaters thermometer Comments (1)

Ice-skating at Tuesday

Ice!!! Hurraaaauuu!

semi-overcast 33 °C

I have not enough time to update the blog, even briefly.
But I try...

So,
Sunday we spent in Semmering - the ski resort attached to the little town. It said in winter it's quite crowded, because good slops, good facilities and location - short distance from Vienna. All this makes Semmering very attractive for people who want to ski a day off or just after work (slops are lightened) and return to sleep at home.
Except of normal for ski-resort activities (lifts, mountain view and tracks for hiking in summer time) Semmering proposes ... but why I'm talking about it now? You may read and see photos in my Sunday "report".

Monday was hot like hell - 34C something. Nothing special happen - half day we were near or in the water (rollerblades + swimming, and then sitting near water at afternoon) another half was used for various needs - little this , little that, includes corresponding with annoying Masha.

and Tuesday - it's today.
Morning skating - it's quite standard. Morning was so windy that we even didn't swim, just rolled.
Then we prepare lunch and had guests - Monika and Gerhard, ye, my Austrian Family. I luv these ppl and it was a pleasure to cook for them and to see them here. The only shame - I don't have a furniture, this apartment is really empty, just now after the renovation. I had only one chair. Rest of people set on the floor (new and washed). I called it "student-style" lunch :-)
and then...
After the lunch my mom took guests to swim and entertained them near the river,
and we (Andre & me) took ourselves to ice-ring!
Finally!
It's kind of "dream of the idiot that came true", yeah, but we really enjoyed it - we don't have it enought in our routine life.
I should to mention that this public skating in summer is quite new in Vienna - they opened this ice for ppl only this year. At fact no one of our Vienniese friends was up to join, they said "it's enough in winter time". Well, I can understand that they want summer longer. We are, being spoiled with endless summer, always up to something cool. Human nature - we always want something rare and unique.
It was lovely to come from +33C outdoors inside the ice-ring, where it was +14C! So cool!
:-)

Posted by vanessa 21:47 Archived in Austria Tagged sport ice cool guests skating report monika ice-skating Comments (0)

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