Lol – I think I could write a blog just about the dogs who work as welcome hosts in shops in Vienna. This frenchie can be found in a shop at Lugeck.
What do you do when it’s a national holiday and everything is closed? You go to a museum. Today I really felt like going to see some rocks and fossils and animals, so I ended up here.
The buildings themselves are just amazing. This is the dome in the middle.
A fish with the best ever name
So many fish
And bugs… I love beetles. I spent a long time staring at the beetle collection.
Just amazing. This isof course just a tiny sample.
I got myself an annual pass, so that I can come back to explore more. It only cost 27 Euro. Really good value!
My better half’s company had a customer visiting last weekend, and I was treated to a Fiaker ride, as some of the people were not able to come. I was excited, as I’ve never imagined myself wanting to pay for a ride through the streets. It was definitely fun being the one inside the carriage for a change.
It was funny to see people taking photos. I have done it myself of course, but it’s still weird going through the streets having loads of people take photos of your ride as if you were some sort of celebrity…
The photos from my phone didn’t yield the best results, but somehow they are cool anyway. They show movement and action. And I was having too much fun to be obsessed about taking perfect pictures. 😀
I also liked the more ‘deep sea’ creatures – although I have a suspicion that this shrimp does not really belong to the deep sea. I could be wrong. It’s a zebra-mantis shrimp.. or something like that.
It was a bit steep to go in.. a normal adult ticket is 14,90 Euro, but with concession it was 11,30 (I think, I was lucky enough to get sponsored today by my dad). I’d recommend it though, but try to make it a day when school is ON (not on the holidays). There is also a really nice cafe at the top, with the best view of Vienna.
It was really the best of mornings. I made it to work about 95% carbon neutral (taking into the account the production of the clothes I was wearing and the bicycle/walking sticks). And Mother Nature sure rewarded me in return! I walked up from Grinzing after riding my bike there, and on my way up I could hear pheasants all over the place. For some reason I haven’t heard them all winter, and not until now either although I have been walking up to work for over a month already. The internet told me they are not migratory birds… I also saw a little bunny hop away from me (I would too, if I were a wise bunny, after all I’m a dangerous predator). And this deer was one of three that anxiously watched me walk past the wine field in my neon green top, probably looking extremely dangerous to them too.
In other news: the bushes are out in front of the Buschenschänke!!! 😀
It’s your dog, dude! It’s also your crap!! Get your shit together!
Looking north on Alte Donau you can see just how dreary and grey the city has been in the last couple of weeks. At least we’ve survived January, only two more months left of winter! The birds are making the most of the sheet of ice that’s covering part of the water, I suppose we should take a leaf out of their book.
Seems that every morning, someone is feeding the pigeons between the tramlines at Schwarzenbergerplatz. Every time I’ve been past here in the morning they are having a feast. Good I suppose, that someone is taking care of these creatures… I know though that birds are not supposed to be eating processed food in the same way that we are. Eating bread for example is part of the reason why their poop is runny; their bodies have not adapted to this type of diet. Feeding them raw grains would therefore be much kinder, I always feel. But then, better bread than nothing!
I made a visit to the museum of natural history last weekend, and they have this exhibition on that shows how animals around the globe are threatened by extinction. It was really nice… Seeing as they have a lot of stuffed animals there (as you do..) it was cool to see them used in such a way, to educate and tell a story, rather than to just document how they look. Worth a visit! You might want to go see a funny movie after that though..
Although today it is ‘just’ a restaurant, seems that Schloss cobenzl has a long and somewhat interesting history. I had no idea that it was so old… but as it was destroyed in several wars/riots, it looks quite different today than what it did in the past centuries.
Seems like a peaceful scene no? Well…. these white birds are basically kept here until they are served up as ‘martini gansl.’ Hmm!
The first winter I was skiing here, I was told that there would be a Rodelbahn (bobsleigh course) where we were going. And I was sooo excited.. I told everyone that we could go Rodeln in the dark! That is, I told them we could go Rudeln (pronounciation error). And my friend was cracking up, asking me where on earth I’d get a Rudel (pack of dogs or other pack animals).
I’m quite sure that many of my friends (and many of you followers also) won’t appreciate the combination of my fascination with critters of all kinds and my newfound increase in ability to document them. The picture above was taken on my walk today, whereas the picture below was taken last year when I found a spider under my fridge. The difference in quality is quite noticeable!! Also the fact that I had to stand on a chair in order to be far enough away to focus on the one below on my table is quite a difference from my new reality where I can go quite close… oh.. who would have thought that macro could make me this happy! 😀
Just a quick picture of a flamingo today, from Vienna Zoo. My annual pass is expired.. so as soon as I get back home, I’ll get a new one. Because I love the animals! I hope they’re all ok in the Zoo… but then, many of them would be worse off in their ‘natural habitat’ – that’s fast disappearing.
Alright Lois, here is another one! I wanted to post this one but I remembered the situation differently than the photo actually looked… it’s not that much green in it. ANYWAY! This bad boy is called Hirschkäfer (deer beetle) and looks a lot nastier than it actually is. It’s big, true. But those massive antlers are just that: Antlers. They are for show, and of course also for battles with other Hirschkäfer (beetles). So they can’t bite you with them… I like them a lot, but don’t often see them around. What a Beauty!! (in memory of Steve Irwin).
To combat dogshit, the city of Vienna gives away free doggy bags to everyone by filling up these dispensers that can be found all over the city. Can’t say that it is perfect as people still neglect to pick up the shit from their dogs, but one does hope that it at least makes some impact. The bags are of good quality, just so you know!
I’ve noticed lately that when I upload straight from my phone, the picture does not fill the screen and it becomes blurry and lower quality… which is a shame. So, I’m now posting one day in advance, so that I can get to my computer at night to upload. That way you don’t have to put up with empty spaces and blurry shots. 🙂