Sunday, 18 October 2009

Today's flowers

Winter came very early this year,
and after the first snowfall, the last flowers look a little withered!
But their colours are still wonderful,
they seem to rival the changing colours of autumn leaves!

Look for flowers all around the globe!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Autumn skies over Schloss Belvedere

The story behind:
Last Sunday morning we went to see an exhibition of one of Austria's most famous painters of the 19th century, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, in Vienna's Schloss Belvedere.
As it was the last day of the exhibition, we came very early, to avoid the crowds!
We were one hour too early, in fact!
First we strolled through the gardens of Schloss Belvedere, and as there was still plenty of time left, we went over to the neighbouring Botanical Garden.

A red brick wall that separates the two gardens, and behind the wall you see the copper domes of Schloss Belvedere.

Between two rain showers, the Autums sky changed from pale to dark blue,
and made the scenery really thrilling!

It was great fun to take pictures when the Autumn light was so special!

By the way: in the meantime WINTER has come to Austria, we had the first snowflakes today! They did not last in Vienna, but the surrounding countryside is painted white!

Here is a link to the exhibition Waldmüller,
and here are two of his paintings.

Watch the sky ...

... all around the globe!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Autumn Flowers in abundance

Today we visited Vienna's Botanical Garden.
There were plenty of flowers,
and I picked some of them for YOU!

Visit our meme Today's Flowers worldwide!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Vienna Skywatchers

This year summer ended on 8 October!
That's what we call a mediterranean climate!
It is the hottest 8th October in Austria since 1959!

But today, Autumn has come overnight!
The bright sunny skies belong to the past!

And we really enjoy our first
Happy Skywatch Friday, Happy Weekend!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Burg Greifenstein and another view over Vienna

Go by train to Kritzendorf, 10 miles northwest of Vienna,
follow a steep path through the wineyards up the hill.

Pause for breath and look back over the large floodplain of the Danube,
stretching between Bisamberg on the northern side (left)

and Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg on the other side of the river (right).

Walk on and soon you get a nice view of the towers of Klosterneuburg and of the skyline of Vienna behind!

Take a two hours walk through the Vienna Woods, then slowly descend towards the Danube,
and take a rest at the medieval castle of Burgruine Greifenstein!

Enjoy the beautiful view and, if the season permits, take a refreshing swim in the Danube's old arm!

I hope you enjoyed our walk!

For a more detailed view, please enlarge the pictures!