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Vienna & the Blue Danube


Having been home from Austria for over three weeks now I thought it about time to do something with my pictures. The purpose of the visit to Austria was to look at flowers in the mountains but as our trip took us via Vienna we decided to stop over for a couple of days to see the sights.
The first port of call in Vienna was the Tel Aviv Beach – obviously. You don’t bellieve me:

Being such a crowded city the Viennese use as much space as possible for recreation and this artificial beach was constructed on the banks of the Vienna Canal (a braided channel of the River Danube). I don’t know why it was called Tel Aviv but the beer was very welcome.

Vienna is famous for its gardens so our next visit was to Schonbrunn Palace and gardens.

As you can see the gardens are huge and formally laid out with masses of bedding plants. This seems to be the style of the public gardens in Vienna and they are filled with ornate statuary.

The civic town gardens are also very formal and colourful.

I am sure that many GoYers like these types of garden but, sorry, they don’t do it form me. When we are abroad we enjoy a day or two exploring towns and cities but I found Vienna very restrictive and did not particulary enjoy it. It was a relief when we moved east and south to Kaprun to begin our stay in the mountains. The mountain villages have less scope for gardens but I took much more pleasure from looking at these examples.

The local town was hosting an international event for Vespa (scooter) riders and I spotted this welcome for them (remember the VW at Gardening Scotland).

Give me a little while longer and I will put a blog together on the really good part of the trip, the mountains and flowers of Kaprun.


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good blog!
I'd been wondering where you'd gone, lol.

14 Jul, 2009


I really enjoyed that thankyou for taking us on your trip.

14 Jul, 2009


Looks A Wonderful Place to Visit is it true it smells ? :/

14 Jul, 2009


Does it smell? I got frequent whiffs if sewage smell from the sewers but no more than in many other places that I have visited.

14 Jul, 2009


Rrrrrrrrrr so nothing to Nasty then :)

14 Jul, 2009


Most of France, Spain, Italy and Morocco smell far worse than Vienna - Austria is an extremely clean country - along with Switzerland.

14 Jul, 2009


We visited Vienna in December and that is when the Christmas markets are in full swing, even the Schonnbrun palace gardens were taken over for the markets. All the fountains were switched off, boarded over and hot food and gluwein sellers on them, Oh that gluwein it is soooo gooood mmmmmm.

14 Jul, 2009


lovely pics bulb a place i wud love to visit,maybe some dayLol. Gardens beautiful i`m sure u had a lovely time!!!!

14 Jul, 2009


I'm looking forward to your next blog. Should be interesting.

15 Jul, 2009


Jacque - just a thought were you thinking of Venice? Not been but I'm told it does smell!

15 Jul, 2009


Yes, Venice is to be avoided especially warmest part of the year, all that damp, poo niff.

16 Jul, 2009

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