Tuesday was meant to be spent outdoors. Luckily I was commitment free, and could so oblige Mother Nature’s perfect weather with a wander through the vineyards.
Along my wandering I discovered this romantic, vine-covered…water pumping station. In 1910 the Emperor commissioned the Wiener Hochquellenwasserleitung (Vienna Mountain Spring Pipeline), and this is one of the stations that feeds Vienna its delicious alpine water. It sits 295m above sea level, and is among the protected cultural property in accordance with the 1954 Hague Convention.
As a result of the cultural destruction perpetuated by Nazi Germany during WWII, General Eisenhower offered some suggestions to aid in the preservation of Europe’s cultural legacy, going forward. So the powers that be drafted “The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.” It is the oldest international agreement which exclusively addresses the preservation of cultural heritage. Interestingly, although the US signed the convention in 1954, it was not ratified until the end of the Cold War, because the US wanted to keep its monument-destruction options open, I guess.
I had seen this designation on a house in our former neighborhood, and it took a little research to learn its significance. (The house is noted for its medieval basement wall.)
Not unexpectedly there was a small tavern near the station; menu options included the obvious. Rather unusual was that my Schnitzel did not quite taste “up to snuff.” Certainly there are Schnitzel Standards in Austria?
Regardless, the garden pause was just what I needed before wandering my way back home.