At end of November and beginning of December, 2011, I had the great good fortune to spend a full day exploring Vienna, Austria. I was staying at a business hotel in Uno City on the north shore of the Danube, across from an intriguing old building which was Vienna’s first Coptic church.
I caught the subway from Uno City to Stefansplatz, in the centre of the old city and the heart of a huge shopping district. The photo below is the view of Stefansplatz a few paces from the exit of the subway.
I wandered around what I presume was a small fragment of Vienna, and yet was able to find almost endless opportunities for photography as I went.
Unfortunately, the sky was fairly steadily overcast the whole day, withe only a few minutes of blue sky and sunshine fairly late in the day. This led to rather flat photos, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Using my compass, I ensured I always knew roughly where I was relative to where I had started, so I ended up doing a series of roughly circular loops, like the petals of a flower, radiating from the Stefansplatz area.
For now, I’ll let the photos tell some of the story and will come back to this article to flesh out the narrative and add more photos sometime soon.
Next a group of horse-drawn carriages waiting outside the Stefansdom for customers. Very picturesque, I thought.
Part of my walking took me into a beautiful park – the Stadtpark (City Garden), in which there is a beautiful statue of Johann Strauss. As it turns out, this is one of the most photographed statues in the world, so here’s my photo to add to the be artistic burden of tributes to this statue.
For more on this park, see: www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/parks/anlagen/stadtpark.html
The park is full of statuary of various dignitaries, artists and mythological figures. Very serene and relatively unpopulated in the late autumn, it must be very beautiful during the summer and a magnet for the Viennese and legions of tourists. I spent some time beside a small pond, taking photos of the ducks, swans and some birds bathing themselves that looked like ravens, but smaller, with long tails. I’m going to presume these were some kind of magpie but that’s only a guess. The river that courses through the park is paved on the sides and enclosed by stonework, and near the end of the park where the river goes underground was this lovely cupola. It was really too bad it was so overcast, as during the summer with some green colour, this must be even more beautiful. I must come back to Vienna with my wife – soon!