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The Belvedere [20140428|21:17]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[The fountain at Schwartzenbergplatz, near "our" flat. It looks best at night, but I don't bring my camera out with me when I go hunting for beer.]

As mentioned in my previous post, we are nestled most comfortably in a high-ceilinged,100 m2 (that's 1000+ square feet) flat very near the Belvedere in Vienna. I'm presently typing at a tiny wooden desk of unknown vintage. Above me hangs a pencil sketch by Gustav Klimt. I'm fairly certain that it is not a reproduction. Outside we are surrounded by European embassies, the most flamboyant of which is the French - lots of gilt-covered statuary. The location and the scale of the place make it feel a bit like we're staying in Kensington, near my work. Not that I've ever stayed near my work, it being one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in London, and thus the globe. (No photos because I want to respect the privacy of the owners of this place.) On our first full day, we decided to pay a visit to the Belvedere while we waited for the grandparents to join us.

The weather didn't start off particularly pleasantly, but the rain stopped almost as soon as we arrived back at the flat and it hasn't started again since.

The bloke and his umbrella looking unimpressed by my desire to take photos even whilst being drizzled on steadily and carrying a wriggly baby.

Female sphinxes flank the gardens between the Upper and Lower Belvedere.

In Schwartzenbergplatz, Humuhumu must point out the pigeons, even with the Hochstrahlbrunnen (High Jet Fountain) dominating the foreground, and the Russen Heldendenkmal (Russian Heroes' Monument) towering behind.

Oh all right, Mama, I guess I'll have a look at the fountain. You've only pointed it out to me forty times.

And I'll have a go at climbing the steps of the Heroes' Monument.

But I'm still more interested in climbing on the benches and watching the pigeons.

After the grandparents arrived, we went for another turn around the Belvedere in the vastly improved weather, found some cake and coffee and then made an enormous dinner, thus rounding off a leisurely and delightful day.

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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-04-29 08:09 (UTC)
"(that's 1000+ square feet)" That sounds enormous, bigger than your/my/some houses?

And, please excuse the ignorance (and lack of googling), but what exactly is 'the Belvedere'?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-04-29 09:37 (UTC)
Yep, definitely bigger than our house.

The Belvedere is a pair of enormous mansions divided by extensive formal gardens, built for Prince Eugene of Savoy, Austria's greatest military leader (who was actually Frenchman). He was a great patron of the arts, and both the Upper and Lower Belvedere host impressive collections.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-04-30 07:37 (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-04-30 11:57 (UTC)
Wow...fancy digs!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-01 10:57 (UTC)
Yes. I still find it slightly unbelievable that we're in this location.
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