Look at this picture. A tree is embracing a streetlight pole! I sometimes come to this park but until now I had only noticed the tree itself. I know that there are plants raking around things and I find this to be one funny example.
Behind the tree you can see “Haus des Meeres”. During wartime this building was used for anti-aircraft-cannons.It was so massively built that it was extremely hard to demolish. In Vienna there are some buildings of this kind. This one in the 6th district was renovated and was converted to an Aquarium.
This pond is close to the U2 station “Krieau”. The area was newly constructed and there are offices, Hotels, Vienna exhibition, etc. and also some residential properties. This pond was constructed together with the surrounding area. This place is called “Viertel Zwei”. It was designed quite well and between modern buildings this pond seems like an oasis. I sometimes go there to sit close to the pond under willow trees to listen to music, read some books and spend some time. Of course I can only do that during warm seasons and so in Winter I do not come here. Recently I came here and thought how many more times I could come. You can see some pictures of the area where I took the pictures that day.
In Vienna it is still nice and warm weather. My husband and I after some time went to Prater again for a walk. Because it was a regular weekday and school had started already, there were not too many people around. I almost never get on any fast rides, I have no courage for that. I do however like to watch others get tortured by those machines. I do not understand that feeling but I see that those people enjoy themselves on the rides and that makes me happy. We went slowly through Prater and savoured the atmosphere. Below you can see some pictures.
In Vienna the weather has been nice for some days now. Daytime maximum temperature has been above 20 degrees with a blue sky… Many people are about and surely they have the same feeling as I of wanting to enjoy the rest of Summer. It is a somewhat mixed feeling of being pressured to be active on one side but accepting defeat on the other hand. Somewhat painful but also kind of sweet… Of course Summer will return eventually and thinking about that one gets calmed. One feels that we live in cycles of seasons…
Flower beds on the streets in Vienna are so pretty. Those types are quite new and perhaps last year they had their debut. Many different types of plants were planted and each season their growth shows are the passing of seasons. I think the choice of plants is quite clever and well thought out. In Spring the first types emerge from the soil, grow and then blossoms come out, other plants emerge… Passing by, one can make new discoveries and this brings joy to our eyes. Plants grow and slowly we transition to barren Winter. Even though it is in the city, the cycles of nature become visible and can be felt. Plants are integrated naturally into the city which calms our senses. And right now flower beds are already beginning to show the face of Fall…
In the 7th district of Vienna on Neubaugasse there is “Eisfuchs”. “Eisfuchs” in German means “Polar Fox”. But no, this is not a story about a zoo. Instead it is about a small ice cream shop. Quite small in fact so if you don’t pay attention, it is easy to just pass it by. From the other side of the street, a big advertisement with “Eisfuchs” is clearly visible. Here in Vienna there are many Italian ice cream shops. Also there are some ice cream shops such as Vegan or other special ice cream varieties, etc. This “Eisfuchs” seems to be Austrian locally produced ice cream. If that might be a mistake please excuse it but I have not seen “Eisfuchs” anywhere else in Vienna. Inside the shop there is a sign “Ice cream from local production”. When I pass by I usually buy a cone or a cup and enjoy it. Yesterday I chose two flavours. One was “Nectarine with green tea “and the other was “Walnut and fig”. “Nectarine with green tea” was very fresh and fruity. “Walnut and fig” was sumptuous and had a distinct fragrance of Walnut and figs added depth to the taste. That was very delicious! When you are in Vienna, I recommend you try “Eisfuchs”.
For the past 6 years my husband and I have been studying classical singing with an Italian Maestra. That is why we go to see her in Northern Italy from Vienna. The last time we went was December 2019 and back then we could never have imagined that we would not be able to see her again for some time. You do know that the situation became quite difficult and we had to wait for a long time until it finally improved. And so finally last week we went to Italy again!
First we were very happy that our teacher and our friends were all in good health and we were so happy about seeing them again. How familiar it all felt! I had a kind of feeling that all of us experienced this same difficult situation and felt so grateful to be healthy. The city also did not look any different and as usual some people sit on benches enjoying human interaction. That made me very happy. Ever since I have been going to Italy regularly, I got the feeling that communication and interaction with other people is very important for them. Approaching and talking to people without hesitation, etc. that is how Italian everyday life goes. This way of life is not really foreign to me because my grandmother who raised me had this similar kind of mentality. That is why I like this aspect of Italy very much. And when I imagine those past dark days my heart really breaks. People had to be at home for days or even months, which brings no joy of living. I hope that this kind of situation never ever comes again.
We used some spare time to go to Castello Gabiano again, where we last went in March of 2019. According to our memory from back then we went for a short walk. Below you will find some pictures.
I found a new fountain at Neubaugasse in Vienna. It is right in front of a newly constructed bench. Three small fountains come from three outlets at alternating intervals. Since there is no border between the fountain and the street, everyone can come really close to it. Yesterday I sat on the bench in front of the fountain to rest and was enjoying the playful water action. Because it is so close to the bench, one can feel the water hit the feet when there is strong wind. I think that is a nice summer attraction.
Today I sat on a different bench a little farther away from the fountain and was observing the water from a distance. A small girl with her mother was sitting in front of the fountain. The child was interested in the fountain and went right to it with bare feet. She stepped on the water and had a lot of fun playing there. Some time later a child who was a little older came by with her father, took off her shoes and joined the other child right at the fountain. I presume they did not know each other but they played together like good friends which was rather cute to look at.
After they had left, two dogs and their owner came by and showed a lot of interest in the fountain. The interval of water coming out suprised the dogs and they were eagerly awaiting the next salvo of water. During about 30 minutes while I was there, other dogs as well enjoyed the playful water action.
I felt that there was quite a peaceful and enjoyable mood on that Summer day.