Tuesday, April 20, 2010

gG and Stadtpark in Vienna

Since we felt guilty leaving gG alone in a strange hotel room, we decided to take him to a city park across the street from our hotel. The park was huge (according to the wiki, it seems to have an area of 65,000 square meters) filled with lots of beautiful trees and flowers.  Viennese folks were enjoying the sunny weekend afternoon in the park. 

Surprisingly the dogs were banned from the park. We saw this sign and wondered if cats were allowed... (I guess not too many people take cats to the park :) 

Anyway, we let ourselves in the park. gG is typically very adventurous, but he was uneasy with the huge open air.  But, after all, he enjoyed the grass he hasn't seen since we left our home in Los Angeles.

One of the most famous monuments in the park is the gilded statue of Johann Strauß II, who is famous for waltzes such as "The Blue Danube."  The park also has the Kurslon where Johann gave his first cncert on Oct 15, 1968.  Since then, the Kursalon became a popular place for concerts and dancing.

Enjoy "The Blue Danube"!

There are several other monuments, such as the one of Franz Schubert, Franz Lehár, Robert Stolz and Hans Makart.  But most of all, it is just a wonderful place to relax with your beloved ones!

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