These pictures were taken at last Sunday's trip to Lake Neusiedl by my hubby's daughter Sonja. After more than a month with temperatures below the freezing point, the ice is melting! Spring is in sight! It's definitely a spring sky ;)
Familiar pictures from wintry Vienna: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Fiaka horses at the Graben, St. Peter's Cathedral, Julius Meinl's gourmet temple, Hofkonditorei Demel's sweet shop windows with a 7 storeyed cake, Michaelertor and Hofburg, Heldenplatz and a view toward the City Hall, Volksgarden with its famous rosebushes, now protected against the cold by jute sacks and a big old plane-tree, the Meierei with closed doors, waiting for the warmer season to welcome coffee lovers, Empress Sisi's memorial, visited by her loyal fans from Japan (with umbrellas), and a Maroniverkäufer, selling hot sweet chestnuts - the best snack on cold, snowy days!
In a snowy winter like that it's good to have some winter flowers inside, and some sunrays outside, from time to time. I took this picture in my mother's house with its windows having sun all afternoon long.
Schlumbergera is a genus of tree-dwelling cactus from Brazil introduced to Europe by the Kew collector, Allan Cunningham (1791-1839), in about 1816 (Wikipedia). Thank you, Allan!