The day following Tony’s return from Pakistan we turned ourselves over to the Vienna Woods. Four and five days in beautiful and green; and crowded and dusty Pakistan was extraordinary, but we were craving Austrian fresh air. Or perhaps we just did not want to deal with our exploded suitcases.
A little early for the Marillen blooms, but that was fine by us.
A little wander a couple of weeks ago around the former grounds of a royal Liechtenstein, sold to the Royal and Imperial Baker Demel founder (August Dehne), then sold again to a non-royal Austrian actor in the interwar years, and now a park managed by the city of Vienna. So much history.
One hundred years ago this month, Schloss Eckartsau was the setting for the final act of the Hapsburg monarchy: it was the hunting lodge from where the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor Charles I, and his wife Empress Zita departed for exile to Switzerland in late March 1919.
When the parents take the Senior Skip Day.
A semi-solo weekday wander.
Ssshhh. Don’t tell Clayton Theodore that we went hiking without him…
31C in the valley. 21C, 2075m atop Lower Austria’s highest mountain. Guess where we opted to be on an otherwise hot and smarmy Sunday?
(In the event you are curious, the mountain grass does have a faintly sweet aroma.)