Snow man in Belvedere garden. It’s art… 😀
So we got a small Indian summer almost, even if the temperature is “only” around 18 degrees. I have loved these days very much. Being able to stroll home through the lovely streets of Vienna without being cold at all. Yummy. I took this picture of Belvedere a morning where there was next to no wind. 🙂
I wanted to treat you guys to a little bit higher quality photography than what I normally have time for these days, so I went over to the christmas market at Belvedere yesterday, as it opened this Friday. As usual, I want to try and visit as many markets as possible. I’ll even try to get some quality shots at all of them with my Nikon! I’m still feeling quite under the weather, but I had to get out and walk a little, which helped. There is still some distortion in the picture, but as my laptop cannot handle photoshop, I had to use my old version of lightroom to touch it up. Click on the picture to see it in its full glory. Only one month left till Christmas!! 🙂
This place is at it’s best during the morning, before it becomes flooded by tourists around ten o’clock. In the early hours the grounds are ruled by people exercising and going to work… It’s like an oasis in the midst of the busy city. I love it! My aspiration is to become one of those exercisers.
They also have this statue, which I insist is a homage to the late Steve Irwin. Long may his name be remembered!
This place has a very nice collection of flowers, all labelled. I liked walking through this place, what I liked the most was probably the really red tree that they had next to the flower bushes. It’s 3 Euro to go in. They also have many of these flowers in the botanical garden right next to the Alpine gardens, which has no entry fee.
History from Wikipedia:
The construction of the Upper Belvedere began as early as 1717, as testified by two letters that Prince Eugene sent from Belgrade to his servant Benedetti in summer 1718, describing the progress of work on the palace. Construction was so far advanced by 2 October 1719 that the prince was able to receive the Turkish ambassador Ibrahim Pasha there
A lot of people use the garden here to jog and do other types of workout, but mostly, the space is preserved for tourists during the summer. At night the garden is closed. This was a very nice day, so a few tourists could be seen taking pictures, but still mostly locals hanging out and enjoying the little peace that there is before the main tourist season starts. 🙂