Good Morning All,
Have a wonderful day and weekend – enjoy the pictures!
Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.
These are five snaps from 2019/07/30.
No travel, no special routes, just whipping out the mobile phone to take a few pictures during the day.
In the morning I had a meeting at a ministry in the old center of Vienna. Scooting back to my office I passed by:
The Hofburg. Over the centuries, the Hapsburgs built up their city palace. There is no grand design behind the building, it just grew organically.
This is the portal of the complex towards the city center. The square is called Michaelerplatz and also features some excavations of Roman foundations.
Across the street is the courtyard of the imperial riding school. The white horses and their riders are quite famous. See https://www.srs.at/
Fun fact: the name “Lipizzaner” derives from the village “Lipica” which is located in Slovenia, which was part of the Hapsburg empire. At the end of WW1, Austria created a new home for those horses in Piber, which is in present-day Austria.
I posted some pictures from the inside here: https://www.balloon-juice.com/2018/02/09/on-the-road-and-in-your-backyard-105/
A bit later, I passed by the Vienna State Opera. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_State_Opera
In the afternoon, I met up with my son, ran an errant and scootered home passing though the Augarten.
Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.
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