We are, of course, supposed to be in Brittany this week. But we’re not, and so Tony grudgingly returned to the office and Anna Grace and I have been amusing ourselves until we decide whether to plan another holiday. Yesterday’s amusement was a drive to visit rescued brown bears thankfully now living the good life in a sanctuary in the beautiful Waldviertel, the northwestern quarter of Lower Austria and part of the Voralpen.
In under two hours we reached Bärenwelt, and before long were both “Awwww-ing” at the real live Teddy Bears! But not loudly.
The Four Paws Club opened this sanctuary in 1999 as a refuge for bears that had been mistreated in private “zoos” and “circuses” across Europe. They now operate several sanctuaries around Germany, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria. Currently there are 9 bears living happy bear lives here.
The Education Center was, educational.
On the return drive we stopped at Burg Rappottenstein but missed the required tour by minutes. Next time, because there’s always a next time.