Monday 12 May 2008

An anticipation of summer

Between Böheimkirchen and Wilhelmsburg
40 miles west of Vienna
12 May 2008

Absolute Spring

Chestnut trees



Schloss Wald
12 May 2008

Sunday 11 May 2008

Austria's long distance hiking trail "Weitwanderweg 04"

I've just finished the last (=third) day trip of our hiking tour through Austria.
If you are interested: here it is!

Saturday 10 May 2008

A Tribute to D'ora, feat. Udo Lindenberg and Helge Schneider...

When I studied the accompanying booklet to
Udo Lindenberg's last CD "Stark wie Zwei", I found a picture showing Udo and Helge Schneider together with a cute dog reminding me of my own dog D'ora (right).

In their song "Chubby Checker", tracker dog Rex sniffs in a dubious hotel for dope...
Click on the picture below for their funny video:

Wednesday 7 May 2008

Hallo Wanderknochen!


Hallo Wanderknochen, nehmen wir gleich Samstag, den 5.7.08, ins Visier und den 12.7.08 als Ersatztermin, falls das Wetter am 5. die Tour vereiteln sollte. OK? HG Stephan

Liebe Wanderknochen, sagt uns bitte Bescheid, ob Euch und Euren Freunden Stephans Terminvorschlag für eine gemeinsame Wanderung auf die Kräuterin passt und sagt den Termin auch allen unseren Wanderknochen-Freunden vom Vorjahr weiter!
Wir könnten uns ja überlegen, ob wir auch den Sonntag noch in der Mariazeller Gegend verbringen wollen!

Alles Liebe, Maria & Rainer

Die Kräuterin ist der höchste Berg der Ybbstaler Alpen, felsiger Gipfelkamm mit mehreren Erhebungen (Hochstadl 1919 m, großartiger Blick ins Salzatal und gegen die Hochschwab-Nordseite). Nordöstlich davon befinden sich ausgedehnte Almwiesen, ein sehr blumenreiches Gebiet. Die Anstiegswege sind bequem, aber lang.
Kein Schutzhaus!

Hier ein kleiner Vorgeschmack:

(hier bitte rechts unten unter der Rubrik 'Weitere Panoramen' Hochschwab von der Kräuterin auswählen!)

Sunday 4 May 2008

Walking my dog on Sunday morning

.Sunday, 4 May 2008

On Sundays, I take a walk with my dog in the Stadtpark nearby.

We start our tour as usual in Grünangergasse,

(with its famous one and only tree)

walk over to Kumpfgasse

walk across Ringstraße
(with almost no traffic - very unusual!)

and enter the green oasis of Stadtpark.

Here, park benches invite us to relax...

in the shade of blooming chestnut trees.

But we stroll along the pond

and arrive at "Kleine Ungarbrücke"

which leads across Wienfluss.

In this part of the Stadtpark the dogs runs freely.

We pass a well spending water , "Labetrunkbrunnen"

and walk in the shade of giant ginkgo trees.

Here is U4 underground station "Stadtpark",
originally designed by Otto Wagner around 1900

as a station for Vienna's urban railway system, the "Stadtbahn".

There are two pavillons, one on each side of Wienfluss.

We pass by my favourite place, "s'Biergart'l im Stadtpark"
where I love to drink Budweiser beer in summer, under old sycamore trees...

We walk along the river promenade

with its giant blue sculptures

and the statue representing Spring

The crow in the river enjoys the morning sun.

Across the river, a shady terrace invites for breakfast...

but we go home now,

say good bye to the monuments

and the lawns and the trees,

and head for St. Stephens...

Friday 2 May 2008

Austria's long distance hiking trail "Weitwanderweg 04"


The red line running from right to left is a long distance hiking trail, "Weitwanderweg 04", starting in Vienna, the capital of Austria, in the East and ending in Bregenz in the West. It covers a distance of 1,000 km - about 625 miles.

The first section of the trail between Vienna and St. Pölten leads us through the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald), an area of low wooded hills between 200 and 893 m above sea level, the northern part of the Alps.

Come and see our first day trip: