Sunday, 2 November 2008


Let's take a little lessen in global geography:

(please click at the pictures for a larger view!)

This is

Austria (Österreich)

sometimes also "Australia" or "OZ" :-)

located in the Northern hemisphere of the Blue Planet

in the middle of Europe

a very green area along the Danube and the Alps,
between its neighbours
Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein

(Vienna city map, linked with the interactive Google map)

with its capital Vienna (Wien)
inhabited by 2 millions

and a great panoramic view from Kahlenberg
(where we strolled down the hills last week)
C L I C K !

(unfortunately not my picture )

and a city centre called the 1st District, Innenstadt,
with St. Stephen's cathedral


This is where I live
and where I go photohunting like a tourist
before posting my prey

No kangaroos in Austria and nothing Swiss about Swiss cheese
(Click on the image for more related info!)

Last but not least, a big sensation:


This is the

Parma wallaby, Macropus parma,
and it is a regular resident of the Vienna Zoo!

Please check the Vienna Zoo's Animal List
here as a proof!

It is a tiny, shy and cryptic creature of the wet sclerophyll forests of southern New South Wales, until 1967 believed to be extinct, then spotted again near
Gosford, New South Wales,

So what ya say now!? Ha?


Arija said...

Wieso habe ich diese schoene Geschichte bloss verfehlt? Sehr gut fuer alle die geografisch ungebildeten die auch staendig Oesterreich mit Australien verwechseln.
Armes kleines Wallaby, Die Dingelchen kommen aus den Sub-Tropen und sitzen jetzt in so fremder Welt.

Maria said...

Arija, ich habe diesen Blog nur probegepostet :) Er erscheint erst am Dienstag!
Ja, die Wallabys tun mir auch leid, obwohl sich der Wiener Zoo sehr bemüht, die Tiere möglichst artgerecht zu halten.

Pea in a Pod said...

Hi Maria! I've been in Wien many years ago and I have to say I feel in love in that place! I hope to visit again:)

Mine is up too, HERE. If you get a chance;)

Louise said...

You got me! I would have never known. Very fun post.

leslie said...

Great post! And very informative!

RuneE said...

One of the best (and funniest) entries I have seen in the three weeks this meme has lasted. Keep it up!

mirage2g said...

I need to visit the Zoo with the kids soon...I hope the u4 is finished already...

Kahlenberg is one place I need to visit too! Maybe when I am alone strolling...

P.S. The side of the Alte Donau with the yellow trees is in Wagramerstrasse! I'll look for you there! =D

WillThink4Wine said...

So, just the one kangaroo then?

LeenaM said...

Ich sage, Du bist sehr lustig!
Thank you very informative and fun post !

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful and funny and delightful! Reminds me of when I lived in Germany and traveled to Austria, Danke!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You are very funny, Maria. Love your joke.
And thank you for the geography lesson.

imac said...

I love Austria, I have a piccy with no Kangaroos in Austria printed on a shopping bag, and put it on my blog, guess how many thought it read Australia.

Lifecruiser said...

Ha ha ha, I do understand where that came from. We Swedes often gets mixed up with the Swiss...

Love the kangaroo photo, so cute.

Excellent description of where you are, I felt at home directly.

...and you should know that we recently been to Wien! In the beginning of September. We really enjoyed our stay there.

I'll write about our stay in Wien soon on my blog :-)

Lifecruiser Travel Blog

fishing guy said...

Maria: Great post, I remember when Imac showed that shirt and I thought whats going on here. That was until I really read what it said. You have a neat country and I expect we will see some wondrous sites.

babooshka said...

Excellent post, veru informative and you may not have kangaroos, but we o have an escaped wallaby here.

dot said...

Funny and cute post!


Beautiful your World, indeed.
Good text and subject.
Luiz Ramos
Sorry. There is a wrong link on my post My World. The correct one is:

momgen said...

Oh thanks a lot to let you know your world...TC!

Mine is here

mannanan said...

What a fantastic informative post love the panorama. Never knew Austria had so many neighbouring countries. It's amazing what you can find out. Thanks for posting.

BNS said...

Wonderful MyWorld post! Very clever.
Thanks for visiting.

Bobbie in Hawaii

D Herrod said...

Very interesting.

Louis la Vache said...

A most enjoyable post, Maria!

Carletta said...

Very enjoyable post!
Thanks for sharing your part of the world.
I loved the kangaroo.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

LOL what a fun post

antigoni said...

Awesome post! Austria is one of the most beautiful countries i have visited. But i didn't know about the kangaroos. Thank you for sharing.

Lawstude said...

Hats-off to this post. This has gotta be one of the wittiest and funniest entry in this meme. Great Job.

Wren said...

Oh, what fun. I like the way you twisted this not once, but twice. Thanks for sharing Austria and its kangaroos with us.

Ladynred said...

I know Austria is one of the best place that I wanna visit someday..What a nice post.
My entry:

Jedediah said...

Made me smile, I have thought about making a Bavaria is not (all of) Germany-blog post ;) Love the wallaby, of course.

Rambling Woods said...

Very clever way to present your world. Thank you for visiting mine.

Barbara Martin said...

Wonderful sense of humour, Maria. Love all the photos and information on Vienna.

Catherine said...

What a complete post, Maria. You're right protect your Culture and particularities. 'Render to Mozart the things which are Mozart's...'
Reassure me Mozartkugeln, these little delights, are Austrian, yes? (Here, in Paris we get an Austrian patisserie which is called "Stübli" dose it mean something?)
And Sissi?
and Marie Antoinette? (see, in every country, History can make one feels guilty)
And really, I've seen the sound of music when I was a little girl, I don't remind any references to Nazi?! Maybe I was too young to understand! But people can be relieved, who remind that movie in the new generation. Even if a DVD is created, who would buy it?
Very nice post. I can't stop talking about it. And I haven't talk about my Swiss cousins! Emmental! It's FRENCH! We also product it.