Goats in Vienna

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Funnily enough but those pictures were shot before the “snowstorm” last Monday. I wanted to enjoy the sunny day at the gardens of Hirschstetten (I previously wrote about that beautiful garden) but discovered that they only open on the first of April. To not have gone the long way for nothing I stalked the cute goats that gladly posed for me. In the background you can see the sky line from Vienna. The 22nd district sometimes has this quiet rural feeling that you are far away from the city, even if you aren’t.

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Tea Time with Coco

Is there anything better than meeting friends and sharing yummy food and delicious tea?

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Inari sushi is so easy and simple to make, a great lunch/dinner if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands!

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For dessert we had apple strudel with vegan coconut ice-cream which can be found in Veganz, the new vegan supermarket.

And finally on to the best, the tea!

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We started of with this Tibetan tea, sadly I cannot tell you the exact name but I can ask Coco if you want to know.

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and moved on to this great oolong with peach flavour and rose petals.

Mochis were in the violet box with two flavours which were matcha and cinnamon, I was too busy munching them to snap some pictures ;)

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Coco has the loveliest garden hidden away, see for yourself!

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The perfect place to escape the heat in Vienna.

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Guess this was more of a random post but I just had to post about that lovely oolong and another restaurant post is coming up anyway ;)

 

Blumengärten Hirschstetten

I think I have found my favourite park in Vienna!
Probably not my fav on the week-ends when families with little kids occupy it but the fact that there are lots of different themes and best of all: animals!
I just have a thing for animals and already as a small child would chase cats down to pet them or just play with earthworms after rain and even frogs.
Ehem but now back to the park, it is located in the 22nd district and easily reachable with public transport since the 26 tram stops right in front of it (Station: Spargelfeldstraße).
With the garden they want show the indigenous animal species in their natural habitat and thus get people more closer to nature which I think is a lovely idea.
They also have special workshops (even for kids) to animate them to protect their environment.
More information and helpful maps about the gardens can be found on wien.at.
Enough talk I have a huge picture spam waiting for you :)

At the entrance you are already greeted by cute little goats.

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Glad you goat here! Yes and besides loving animals I love bad puns.

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After spending some time with those cute little fellows we headed left and ended in the vineyard with sweet-smelling elder flowers.

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No sign of the European hamster but I was not surprised since they are most active at night.
There are a lot of them on the cemetaries, I encountered them twice already at Zentralfriedhof.

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Next up we went to Mexico ;)

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Next up was the highlight for me. May I present you the Ziesel or the English term European ground squirrels.
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They are so cute! At first the enclosure seemed empty but out of the corner of my eye I saw a movement and stayed still. Then the heads slowly popped up and they continued munching the grass with me happily snapping away. Definitely have to return with my telephoto lens so I can have better close-ups but I am pretty satisfied with this result as well!

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They have a quite extensive turtle part with lots of different turtle species.

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Since they have a wedding pavilion it is of no surprise that you may see happy couples posing for their photographers.
I quite like the weird combination of the wedding couple, the beach and the house in the background.

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The style reminds me of the Palmenhaus at Schönbrunn. It looks typical Viennese but I have no clue if there is a specific name for that type of architecture.

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They had a maze which we tested out and got a bit lost of course. In the middle you can get up to the platform and have a great view over most parts of the garden. Here you can see the wedding pavilion.

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And finally the last picture. This farmhouse is recreated after one from the 19th Century with other animals beside the goats next to it like hens, roosters and sheep :)

Hope my blog post this time wasn’t too long and that you may come by sometime!

 

Instagram Autumn walk at Palmenhaus Schönbrunn

The Palmenhaus was ordered to be built by Kaiser Franz Josef. With 2500 square meters it is up until now the largest Palmenhaus in Europe. The building is separated in three climate-parts. The mediterranean (with South Africa and Latin America),  then South-East Asia (with Japan, China, plus random New Zealand) and the tropical sub-tropical part. I have been inside when I was a kid but since it is really close to the Schönbrunn Zoo, not a lot of people go inside. It is closed now anyway until end of this November due to renovations.
It is still great for a walk, especially now that it is Autumn! The trees are in great colours and there are lots of hungry squirrels waiting for you to donate some nuts ;)

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Japanese Garden in Vienna – Setagaya park

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Even though the trees are dressed in green fresh leaves I have to post about the trees in bloom in the Japanese garden in Vienna. It is located in the 18th district of Vienna and is perfect to relax, to take pictures, to watch turtles bathing in the sun, to watch Koi swim aimlessly around and stalk birds trying to find food for their ever so hungry babies.

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