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- Morning in Alte Donau and evening in Belvedere

sunny 24 °C

Night storm was very dramatic, but morning came washed and clear.
It's surprisely sunny today and pleasant 24C (thanks Goooodddd!!!) so survival week is ending, or at least taking a break. We spent morning walking in Alte Donau (near the Old Danube waters). In fact, Alte Donau is the dead end of former river branch of Danube, separated from the actual Danube by a dam. It's something like the sea of Viennese laubourers and the typical 1920th-working-class-pride. All this area is dedicated to water-sports and taken for lidos (~summer-houses and beach areas), mostly owned and run by trade unions (yes, yes, do not laugh!), which is quite typical for countries with socialist traditions. It's very interesting historical data about Vienna of 1910-1930th.
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Here is something nice. One of the summer-houses was hidden in the shadow of big tree. We mentioned company of young squirrels playing on the branch. Soon mother-squirrel appeared and youth huddled together in a heap and stayed at some distance from the mother, who wanted to make them jumping from banch to the roof of house. She jumped herself there and back several times and tried to force little ones, but they disagreed to risk, keeping distance. Mommy lost her patience, rounded the little one into the bagel and firmly grabbed it with her teeth, then she heavily jumped on the roof. Weight with the puppy was almost doubled and we heard a heavy blow of landing on the iron roof. "Oh my God! maybe they fell to death!" - I said in hope that Mother-Squirrel knew what she is doing. She dissapeared from the roof and we couldn't see what is going there, but it already a bunch of fans gathered around us. Two ladies begun a lively conversation about environmental protection, with no any doubt talking to us in German.

Then we returned home and prepared rich beef goulash with fresh mushrooms (yammy!) + bio-rice aside ;-) + good frutty local wine.
Then Andre was watching F1 - his great pleasure in Europe,
and then we gone out once again.

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Belvedere is not only an excellent museum, but a beautiful garden.
It's hard to take a panoramic photo of the garden with no being pathetic and making kind of royal-official shot - applauds to wealthiness.
So I would better concentrate on details.


In summer here are exceptional flower paradise,
September is less colorful, but finally sculpture and landscape architecture bold out.

Posted by vanessa 06:02 Archived in Austria Tagged belvedere

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