Tuesday, 20 April 2010

A doggy walk along the Danube

Last Sunday I took a walk at the Donauinsel,
the artificial island which divides the river Danube into two basins and thus protects Vienna from the floods caused by Europe's second largest river Danube.

In the distance you can see Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg,

the most famous hills of the Vienna Woods within city boundaries.

The hills make a nice background for the fishing boat and the two friends enjoying a Sunday morning chat on the water!

Yippee! My dog enjoys to explore the coves where dogs are allowed to play freely!

Ah! The exciting smells of water, stones, grass and animals!

I'm looking for the Japanese Cherry Grove and nearly miss it.
After walking back for two miles, there is a sign:

The Cherry Grove!

Japan gave Vienna 1000 cherry trees as a present for Austria's 1000 years celebration (1996).
The trees were planted in 2002 and are still rather small!

It's still too cold for the blossoms, they are still closed!

Unfortunately this year's
cherry festival was cancelled because of rain.

We walk back to the riverside. A canoe silently paddles upstream.

Soon we notice that we are back in the city again.

Millennium Tower is our point of departure.
It makes a nice contrast to the natural environment we have enjoyed for the past two hours.

Click on the picture below for more watery views:


jeannette said...

Your header is incredible, Maria! Now if my hubby would have a fishing boat like that -so neat with that little "house"on top, maybe he would go fishing more! And I would even go with him!!

luna said...

Hallo Maria, schön, mal wieder Wiener Fotos zu sehen.
Und "Neuigkeiten" erfährt man da auch noch...
Daß Japan die Bäumchen gespendet hatte, habe ich nicht gewußt.

Schön sind Deine Donauimpressionen!
Schöne Woche ...lG Luna

laughingwolf said...

nice tour, thank you :)

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos! Nice tour of the river and surroundings. Looks like a wonderful place for a walk.

Anonymous said...

Vielen Dank für diesen kleinen Ausflug.
Einen wunderbaren Mittwoch dir.

daily athens

Judy said...

Thank you for taking us along on your walk! I love that shot of the dog in the water!

J Bar said...

Greta watery shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Donna said...

What a wonderful walk! Thank you!

Photo Cache said...

the fishing boat looks more like a floating house.


luna miranda said...

wonderful photos! that boat house is very interesting--and your dog looks happy and active.:p

Johnny Nutcase said...

fun stuff! what a neat little boat that is! And happy dog! Great post and pics!

siromade08 said...

Wonderful photos, love the photo of the dog playing in the water. Thanks for sharing us.

Anna said...

Ihania kuvia! Meille niin eksoottista, mutta niin kaunista!

Anonymous said...

Lovely shots! :)

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Meine Hunde sind ganz offiziell neidisch ;)
Wunderschoene Fotos von der Donau (Heimweh nach Europa bekomm,...)
LG aus der Sonne!

Denise said...

A lovely walk showing beautiful scenery, and a lovely companion your little dog.

Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks for taking us along with you. Dora did seem to enjoy the outing. Peace

ayamlin said...

Hi Maria!
oh, I found the sign of 桜の森 that meas the forest of cherry trees:)
I wanna jog in Vienna and enjoy seeing various scenery!
Vienna is a very beautiful city also has very wonderful histries.
I wish there was a door that connected to Vienna from Tokyo.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Louisiana, USA. Love your photos. First time visiting "Today's Flowers".