Curly, Vienna, Austria


Posted Nov 29, 2007, 2:30 am
Hi!  My name is Curly and I am a very friendly little bear.  I love  to travel and meet new people and TVs.  If you would like to host me, please let my owner (Carlissa) know!

I am starting out in Miami, Florida, USA.  I will be traveling with a postcard letter of introduction (please keep this with me so everyone will know who I am).  I would like to visit with each host for about 3 - 4 weeks.  Please contact the next host for their address when it's time for me to move on.


1.  Oksana - Russia
2.  kristl - Moscow
3.  fam-united - Germany
4.  Sunshine88 - Netherlands
5.  ChristinaB - Austria <-- I'm here!


Posted Dec 1, 2007, 2:38 pm
I am leaving today to go to Russia!  I am very excited about traveling the world! 

First, my brothers and sisters came to say goodbye and wish me well:

Then, some of my Toy Voyager friends came to say goodbye.
  Prince Charming, Me To You, and Henry the Adventure Hound are here wishing me safe travels:


Posted Dec 25, 2007, 4:54 pm
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Hello! Today I've finally come to Russia, Novosibirsk. It's so-o cold here- the day temperature is -20'C now. I'm not used to such frost :(
When my new host Oksana brought me home, I met Minerva there. We have become good friends here- she is also from Miami.
When I had some rest from my long voyage, Oksana took me to her office. Here I'm on her desk with the flowers:

And here I imagine that I'm a Christmas decoration on the Christmas tree :)

Posted Dec 29, 2007, 5:32 pm
Today my host has taken me and my new friends Minerva and blue Rat for a walk. I could play in snow for the first time!
It was great!!!

Then we were playing in the children's playground where we found many snow sculptures.
Here I'm with Russian Father Frost (like our Santa Clause)
And here we are with Father's Frost grand-daughter Snegurochka:

We played there for a long time and we felt tired and frozen a bit. So our host took us to the cinema house where we watched "National Treasure 2" - we liked it very much! And we made this photo in the cinema:

We had a very nice day! And tomorrow we will help our host to clean her flat and decorate the Christmas tree.


Posted Jan 1, 2008, 6:04 pm
Today Minerva, Blue Rat and me are decorating the Christmas tree in our host's house. It turned out to be very funny!

Posted Jan 1, 2008, 6:10 pm
Today is New Year's Eve!
Today we've helped our host Oksana to clean the flat and cook some very tasty dishes. Here Minerva and me are cooking the salad.
When everything was ready we sat down under the Christmas tree and were eating tangerines. They are very tasty- I've never eaten them before, but now I love this fruit very much!
Oksana told us that Russians love eating tangerines on New Year Day.

Posted Jan 1, 2008, 6:35 pm
Today we woke up at 10 a.m. We had a very tasty breakfast and Oksana took us to the Central park to see the main Christmas tree of Novosibirsk. It was about-10'C and it was snowing heavily! The streets were all in snow and there was almost no cars and people there.
We liked walking in the Central park- we could see there the very big Christmas tree and many scultputures made of white snow.

And here I'm on the main square of Novosibirsk- THe Lenin's Square near the Lenin's Monument:

And here you can see that Novosibirsk looks empty on Jan, 1 :)

Posted Jan 4, 2008, 2:49 pm
Today Oksana has taken me and Minerva to the embankment where we could play in the ice town. It  was great there!
We went to that ice town by the subway. It took us about 10-15 minutes to get there.

Here I'm with Indian Tadj-Mahal:

And here I'm standing near the Blessed Vasily's Cathedral in Moscow:

Here I'm in Africa with a camel :)

I'm with Sphinx:

I'm on the ice wall:


Posted Jan 4, 2008, 3:57 pm
Today Oksana has taken me and Minerva to the Christmas exhibition where we could see lots of Christmas trees and different decorations:

Then we saw the statue of Budha:

And here is the ancient Russian town made of wood:


Posted Jan 9, 2008, 3:21 pm
Merry Russian Christmas! Do you know that Russian have their Christmas not on Dec. 25, but on Jan.7? It's because Russian belong to Orthdox church.
Today Oksana  has taken me and Minerva to the cafe. She has there a meeting with her friends. She and her friends make teddybears and other toys.
As you can see we met there many new friends. We were chatting and drinking capuchino with sweets :)

After that  Oksana took us to the Russian church.
We could hear the real bell there and church singing.

Then we went to the mall. We went shopping there and then had a lunch in a cafe.
And there was a skating rink!

By the way we found there a very interesting shop with teddybears and clothes for them- A Build A Bear Workshop.
I liked it very much!!

Posted Jan 20, 2008, 2:29 pm
Today is a great Christian holiday in Russia-Epiphany- the day of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
We've decided to go for a walk today. At first Oksana took me and Minerva to the central park- there was the festival of snow sculpture. People from many other Russian cities and former Soviet republics took part in that festival. Most of all I liked the sculpture of a camel and a dove with a town.

Here is the Novosibirsk concert hall- it's called The House Of Lenin.

And here it is the monument of 2 storks- the symbol of a new family. Newly- weds often come here to make photos with these storks.

And here is the Chapel of Alexander Nevskij (May 30, 1220? – November 14, 1263) - the national Russian hero. He was the Grand Prince of Novgorod and Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the country's history. Commonly regarded as the key figure of medieval Russia, Alexander was the grandson of Vsevolod the Big Nest and rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German invaders while employing shrewd conciliatory policies towards the powerful Golden Horde.

We also found some old Russian wooden houses- Oksana thinks that they were build in the begining of the 20th century... They look really very beautiful and unusual near modern buildings...

Then we went to the dolls exhibition, but Oksana mixed the dates, so it turned out that the exhibition was not opened yet. Luckily Oksana met there a friend of her who invited us to come in and see the dolls before the exhibition would be opened.  That was very nice! All the dolls were made by Novosibirsk  authors.

Then we went to the Voznesensky Cathedral. You know because the Epiphany all Russian churches were overcrowded. People came there to attent the church service and to take some holly water home.

Posted Jan 20, 2008, 2:48 pm
Today is my last day in Novosibirsk with Oksana and Minerva.
We wake up very early and Oksana baked the apple pie. We had our breakfast- the apple pie turned to be very tasty!

Then I could spend some time with Minerva and Oksana's toys. We were reading the magazine and chatting. We all felt a bit sad, because we didn't want to part :(

And some time later Oksana took me to the post office and I'm now on my way to Moscow- the capital of Russia where my new host Kristl lives.
Good bye Oksana, Minerva and my other friends! I really had much fun in Novosibirsk and enjoyed living here!

Posted Feb 7, 2008, 3:26 pm
Hello from Moscow!!

Finally I've arrived here :)) I just worry a bit about Minerva hat must come just after me.. Well, we'll wait.

I'll post more a bit later, I'm quite tired and want to have some rest.. An of course - meet other TVs that are visiting here :)

Posted Mar 3, 2008, 11:14 am
Today we went to the post office to see if Minerva has arrived. I was worried cause we've already met with her in Novosibirsk at Oksana's home, and she was sent here a couple of days later than me. But I was already here and she - not.

You can imagine how happy we were when Minerva came out of the box!!! Kristl said that she was sent somewhere wrong and that's why she arrived so late. I hope she is not very tired after the trip.

Posted Mar 3, 2008, 11:21 am
Today we went for a visit to another flat where Kristl had some business to do. She said that we won't be bored cause there're many other toys there that we would be glad to meet.

She was absolutely right!!

She told us about a very old dog called S'ema that lives in a big armchair. She suggeste us to visit him cause he can tell us many interesting stories. And so did we. All the TV-bears decided to visit S'ema.

We took some sweets to give him.

We came to S'ema one by one introducing ourselves and asking him to tell us something interesting. He was very happy that we visited him, he said that it's quite boring to sit all days there on the armchair, though he has his best friend with him.

Then we all sat aroun him and listened many wonderful stories and fairy-tales!! That was a perfect day! I hope to visit S'ema once more and tell him about my adventures as a ToyVoyager.

Posted Mar 3, 2008, 11:26 am
Today Eldon is leaving us and I and Snowy went with him to the post office. We wishe him a wonderful journey and many interesting adventures as the other TV have already done.

Eldon, we'll miss you very much! May be we'll meet you again!!

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 8:58 am
Hi mum,
I'm here in Bruchsal now and already met many other toyvoyagers. Petra said, that we - AliG and I arrived together - brought sunny weather to Bruchsal. So maybe she will go out with us at once to get some nice photos with interesting places.

We already had some fun together. You know, it is springtime and we all are a bit hilarious. I'm not sure, how Petra will handle this ;)

After we built this toyvoyager pyramid (have I every seen another here???), we sat down - yes, we really just sat down quietly- and listened to Holiday Harry, who told us many news about Bruchsal. It was kind of sitting in school and listening to a teacher. Petra said, that she really wondered, how Holiday Harry, this crazy monkey, remembered so much about this place. I'm really curious to see more of Bruchsal in reality now.

First Petra told us everything and HolidayHarry jumped behind our backs like crazy.
This photo shows the Damian's Gate. It's the northern entrance to the palace area.

This photo shows the palace and the rooms inside. The palace was destroyed during the second world war, 80% of Bruchsal's buildings had been destroyed. The palace was rebuilt during the 70th. In the south wing of the palace the parish of St.Damian and Hugo has its church with a modern interior.

We all thought, that it is silly to take photos, where everyone can see only us toyvoyagers and the real photos only while making a handstand, so we asked Petra to take the photos standing behind us and letting Holiday Harry explain everything. He just couldn't sit quietly enough, so he had something to do now and he seemed really proud of it.

HolidayHarry told us, that there are concerts in the palace sometimes. And there is an exhibition of Mechanical Musical Instruments.

There are several events in front of the palace during spring and summer.

One of these events is the summerday procession in May, when they burn the snowman in front of the palace.

The carnival procession is especially interesting, because you can listen to the crazy music called "Guggemusik" - a music, which even Holiday Harry had been unable to explain. On the right page you see the baroque church St. Peter and the arm of Bruchsal. The flags of Bruchsal are in front of the old town hall.

Each Wednesday and Saturday there is a market in Bruchsal, where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables and flowers. You can also buy plants for the garden.

On the left side you see the limestone building of the Pallottines' private grammar school St. Paulusheim, built in 1923.

The Belvedere, a former hunting lodge, was built in 1758. It serves a very fitting background for open-aur plays.

This left building is really interesting, but not easy to take a photo with it. It is the men's prison of Bruchsal, built in 1841 and called "Café Octagon".

The baroque church St. Peter: Cardinal Schönborn began the building in 1740 and Cardinal Hutten completed it and had the interior finished. The architect was Balthasar Neumann from Würzburg. The church holds the remains of the last prince-bishop in a cryp.

I'm not sure, if I remember that all, when I will see the places in real, but we can give it a try. Petra told us, sometimes it is better to hear things twice, because then we can remember them more easily.

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 10:46 am
Hi mum, today we went with Kristl to an Italian cafe! It was nice there :)

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 10:54 am
Hey-hey, today we've made a great sightseeing tour in the Moscow centre!!

We walked in the small street right in the centre when we saw (just near us!!) a fire in a house (there were many fire engines and many people) - we went from this place as soon as possible. It was there - you can still see the smoke..

The photo is taken prom a small square near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Kremlin can be seen from this place:

And in that direction is the Moscow-River:

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 11:00 am
Then we went to The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, I saw a funny pigeon there:

All the pupels are use to visit this museum, there are alot of interesting things there, but almost all of them are copies of famous artworks, good for studying, I think

It's strange, but from here the Cathedral is seen very good!

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 11:03 am
We went further, nearer to the Kremlin..

There we saw a big white house called "Pashkov House"

And just near it - a common house with a graffity showing Kremlin..

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 11:21 am
We wanted to visit Kremlin, but it was closed cause it was Thurthday :(

I studied the plan of Kremlin in details to be able to find there everything I want if I get there one day.

Then we went to the Red Square

Behind me you can see the Nikolskaya Tower and the State Historical Museum.

Here is GUM - the most famous shopping centre in Moscow:

In front of it there was a skating rink but now it's being removed.

The walls of Kremlin:

The Spasskaya Tower:

The Saint Basil's Cathedral:

Another wall of Kremlin and more towers:

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 11:27 am
After walking in the city centre we went to the post office, cause I, Snowy and Rangler had to leave Moscow. I'm sure I'll miss this city an everybody here, but I'm looking forward to new adventures!!

All the TVs went with us to say Good Bye to us. I'll miss them.

Posted Mar 18, 2008, 11:30 am
While walking in Zheleznodorozhny we found a very nice graffity :) May be it's not a graffity at all but I like it)

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 4:57 pm
Happy Easter to you!!!

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 5:50 pm
Hi mum!

We all thought, that we maybe would have better weather now. It started to be so nice, when we arrived here in Bruchsal, but I think, that I have to travel to a far away place to stay in the warmth. It is only warm in the house, when Petra heats the oven in their livingroom. Yes, and today it was really warm in the kitchen, because we all helped to bake a biscuit. It was really crowded in the kitchen.

This was the place we had to sit down at first, because Petra had to get everything prepared.

Then everyone was allowed to hold the stirrer for a while. Wow, I think, if Petra wouldn't had been there to help me, it could have been really dangerous for me. I had been trembling from head to toe.

Then I wanted to help to stir the flour under the dough.

While we waited for the cake get ready in the oven, we wanted to walk into the garden to take a look at the flowers there.

This is the basket, in which Petra carries us around, when she takes us to other places in her house. She says, it is the only way to carry so many toyvoyagers. If you wonder about the amount of toyvoyagers, that are here right now: Petra just started to find several hosts in Asia, Africa and South America. And now she activated many toyvoyagers and of course she wants to make some updates, before they start their travels. It is really exciting to hear about the places, which they plan to visit soon.

Finally the cake was ready - ok, not really ready, I suppose. Petra talked something about butter cream and chocolate icing. So I will see, how the cake looks like later.

Posted Mar 29, 2008, 12:09 am
Hi mum
here is a big big toyvoyager meeting now. I had been very surprised, when I saw all these other toyvoyager crawl out of the package, that arrived today. Of course we knew, that some other toyvoyagers will arrive, so we were very excited, when the postman rang at the door.
Now we are 13 toyvoyagers:
Florence, Tilda, Mingus Moose, Josh, Chokito, Davy, Tortilla and Bullet arrived today and you surely remember, that Amara Anthea, (Playmo)Bill, AliG, HolidayHarry, Pebbels and I had been here for a while already.
I think, it would be a good time to have a party now and I saw, that Petra baked some muffins today. Maybe we can ask her to throw a party for us tomorrow???

Posted Mar 29, 2008, 6:28 pm
Hurray!!! Hurray!!!

We had a little party today!!!

We had some snacks and water to drink and a lot to laugh about, of course. Dogs became friends with cats, a turtle with a kangaroo, a monkey with a moose and more.

We played with a big and a small ball and we learned how to play the card game "Mau Mau".
Didn't the table look nice?
Mingus Moose prefered to sit on the ballon.
(Playmo)Bill decided to not eat anything, because he was afraid to be too thick for his hobby.
Bullet wanted all the peanuts for himself.
Coco first had been a bit sad, because there was no honey on the table, but she liked the gouda then.
How did (Playmo)Bill come to that peanut? Maybe he asked Mingus Moose???
HolidayHarry had been really thirsty after eating a lot of sweets.
Florence is very hungry and wants to try a chocolate banana muffin.
Pebbels thought, that the Harry Potter muffin looked nice. It was a muffin with blueberries. I took the chocolate banana muffin too.
Amara Anthea tried a muffin american style, just on with chocolate drops.
AliG seemed to play the detective. What did he expect to find out today???
Do you see how happy Tortilla and Josh look with this dish filled with gummi bears?
Chokito, Davy and Schnuffi shared another Harry Potter muffin.
Only Hasi prefered something healthy - she wanted to eat a carrot.
Tilda hadn't been sure, whether she should try a "nimm 2 " or whether it is better to eat a carrot too.

Then we started playing with balls. At first we choose the Australian ball, but it was so big, that the little toyvoyager among us had big problems.

Later we decided to use a table tennis ball, which of course is much easier to play with.

At last we learned how to play "Mau Mau".

Our first winner was: Chokito

Second place: Bullet

Third place: Hasi

Fourth place: Pebbels

Posted Apr 9, 2008, 7:37 pm
Today was one of the rare sunny days. Petra came home from school and packed her rucksack to show us some places in Bruchsal. She didn't have so much time for it, because she had to go back to school for a teachers' meeting.

Here you see the backfront of the palace.

This is the Feldkirchle (field chapel)

Next to the Feldkirchle (field chapel) you see this cross
and this beautiful flowers

Posted Apr 10, 2008, 10:50 am
Today it's time for baking cakes for my host's mum's birthday. She is 70 years now and Petra was asked to bake two cakes: Donauwellenkuchen (Danube waves cake) and Zebrakuchen (zebra cake). Petra decided to bake a surprise cake too, with a part of the Happy Birthday song.

We sat all together watching and helping Petra with preparing the dough.

So here are the photos with me. If you are interested in recipes, I can try to ask Petra to write them here or send them to you.

Finally the cakes are ready

The nougat cream cake:
only the words "Happy birthday" have to be put on the cake now.

The Zebra-cake

Somehow we miss the last photo of the Danube waves cake, the one with the cherries.

Posted Apr 27, 2008, 11:41 am
Today Kari arrived at home again and he told us a lot about Australia. Now I know, that Kira1997 send him to my host family as a present for their daughter some years ago. He wanted to see them again, so he decided to go to Australia as a toyvoyager.

Posted Apr 27, 2008, 1:00 pm
Maybe you heard about the Buran arriving in Speyer? The new home will be the technical museum in Speyer:

The Buran ( the only space shuttle of the Soviet Buran program)was only on one unmanned spaceflight in 1988. The shuttle program was cancelled in 1993. It was destroyed by a hangar collapse in 2003.
The Buran is the world's first genuine space shuttle to be exhibited to the general public.

Petra wanted to go there to watch the arrival, but the weather was too bad, so we only got the chance to read the newspaper

Posted Apr 27, 2008, 9:03 pm
I had a really great day today. The sun was shining and it was really warm. Now I believe, that it is springtime.
Petra woke up early and told us to get ready to for a walk. We were very curious and excited of course. First we bought some bread rolls for breakfast (only a few bakeries or open on Sundays) and then we brought Ralf to work (normally he doesn't work on Sundays).

And then we drove in the car for about 15 minutes. We sat in the rucksack and you can believe me, it wasn't the best way to travel.

After we walked a little bit, we found this sign:

It told us the rules, how we had to behave at this place.

Oh, you surely want to know, where we were. There is a small Japanese Garden not far away from Bruchsal in Münzesheim, which Petra was told, that it is really pretty. She never had been there before, but now she wanted to go there together with us.

So now look at the photos and enjoy!

I saw a part of the Berlin Wall:

This building was very interesting, especielly the ceiling, which was made of white and blue bottles.

Posted May 5, 2008, 4:08 pm
Petra, Ted and I went to school today. We visited the second grade, in which Petra is teaching right now. She is a substitute teacher this year and since a while teaching in this class. I can tell you, that the pupils are very nice. They had been so happy to see us and to take a few photos with us.


Posted May 5, 2008, 4:16 pm
Petra asked Snegovik, Ted, FoxForce and me, whether we would like to join her again and visit the third graders. She told us, that she teaches them, how to weave. They try to make a pincushion shaped like a ladybug - ladybird, when it is ready.

Posted May 5, 2008, 4:34 pm
I think, I forgot to tell you something about the history of Bruchsal.
Bruchsal was first named in 976 A.D., but since a few weeks we know, that it must be even older than this. They found something next to a church and realized that this is really old. I had been very curious to get to know more about this, but the weather was so terrible, that we had no chance to go there.
So you only see the most interesting places here. Petra was in a hurry, so the photos aren't that great she says.
Here you see the backsite of the palace and a part of the palace garden. The palace was nearly completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt around 1973.


Posted May 5, 2008, 5:33 pm
Because the weather was much better than the days before, we drove to Untergrombach, which is one of the suburbs of Bruchsal. The Michaelsberg, a small hill - only 296m high, belongs to Untergrombach. You have a wonderful view over the Rhine valley and if the weather is very very good, you can see the Palatine Mountains in the far.
3500 - 2600 BC first signs of humans had been found on this place, the "Michelsberg culture".

This view shows a part of Bruchsal, which is at the border between Rhine Valley and Kraichgau.

The quarry pond belongs to Untergrombach, which you see on this photo. This is the best view to see the Palatine Mountains on the horizon, but today we had no luck.

You see another part of Untergrombach. You see, that it is also to the border of the Kraichgau.

This nice chapel is called Michaelskapelle and it is on top of the Michaelsberg. Petra told me, that there are many couples, that want to marry in this chapel.

Here you see so-called "Steinriegel" (field clearance cairn), made by people working on their fields a long long time ago. They threw the big stones from their fields to the border of the neighbour's field, so that in the middle all stones were accumulated. Many animals and flowers love this gaunt places and that's why a few weeks ago, people cleaned the Steinriegel from all the earth, that came between the stone during the many many years and from all the other plants, that love to grow in earth.

Another word I learned is "Magerrasen" (neglected grassland), which is typical for the Michaelsberg. The town you see is Untergrombach.

The Michaelsberg is nature reserve area, I'm sure, you already realized this too. There are beautiful rare flowers and animals.


Posted May 9, 2008, 9:15 am
Hi mom!  :D

I' ve just arrived at my new host in Amsterdam. Great timing because the weather is great here!

I have been biking this morning and saw my first windmill. I took a picture but my host is having some trouble uploading the pictures:( so you will see them hopefully very soon!


Curly ;)

Posted Aug 18, 2008, 10:07 am
I safely arrived in Vienna/Austria a couple of days ago. Puh, I had to stay in my envelope for quite a while because my hosts were still on holiday and they neighbour who took my out of the postbox simply didn't open my envelope  :cyclops:

But I'm really relaxed now and slept enough for all the next days, so I'm ready to explore Vienna now!


Posted Aug 22, 2008, 1:50 pm
We started sightseeing yesterday. My host took me and the other toyvoyagers - I'm in good company of Galen, a little monkey, Little Tex, an amadrillo, Ted, a funny frog, Malcolm51, the sweet little badger and Hippity, the crazy green monkey - to Grinzing. That's a part of Vienna situated on a little hill where many wineyards can be found. The wine produced there is sold a a special kind of restaurants called "Heurigen" that only open a couple of weeks a year. People know that they are open when they have this little bushes in front of their door. All the wine producers get a certain certificate and they are very proud about it. Did you know that Vienna is Austria's largest wine producing city?

Posted Aug 22, 2008, 2:01 pm
We even went to the wineyards then and had a walk there. Our host was very happy about that because we also passed by the church where she and her husband got married - Kaasgrabenkirche.

The grapes weren't ready yet but it wont take too long anymore...

Posted Aug 22, 2008, 2:09 pm
Today we went to Prater which is Vienna's big amusement park. It was wonderful!! We even saw the famous  "Giant Wheel" and tried some of the roller coasters. And have a look at the funny sculptures we saw!! We also said "Hello" to the mascot of Prater, a funny clown.

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:07 pm
Today we had a long walk in the woods nearby. Autumn already started and I helped the kids to seach for chestnuts. We found tons of them, yeah!

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:07 pm
Today we had a long walk in the woods nearby. Autumn already started and I helped the kids to seach for chestnuts. We found tons of them, yeah!

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:10 pm
We also passed by Vienna's planetarium. It was closed but I was very impressed by the huge globe in front of it!

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:12 pm
Yesterday we went to see the house created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It looks really beautiful and I like it alot! There is nothing special in this house, just normal flats (next time I come to Vienna I'll try to find a host living in there  ). Everybody living there has the right to decorate the surrounding of his/her window just as he/she likes - but only as far as the arms reach. Interesting, isn't it?

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:14 pm
Today we did some more sightseeing. We went to Karlsplatz where I saw a very special church with the 2 collumns in front of it (unfortunately the photo didn´t come out). There I also discovered one of Vienna's most beautiful subwaystations built in "Jugendstil" (it is a special style from around 1900 and very similar to art nouveau). Unfortunately the weather was a bit clowdy so the pictures came out rather dark. Sorry for that!


Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:18 pm
We continued our walk to the opera house. Oh, how much I'd love to watch a play there! But my host said that it would proberbly last too long for a little bear and I'd maybe get impatient so we decided to rather concentrate on sightseeing ;)

We walked along "Kärntnerstraße", Vienna's most famous shopping street where I saw these delicious "Sachertorten" in the shop window.

And then we reached St.Stephen's square with the big cathedral and the very modern "Haas-Haus" just opposite of it.

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:23 pm
After a while (my host had to carry me in her bag for a moment because my little feed already got tired from walking) we reached Hofburg (we entered it through "Michaeler-gate") which was the former residence of the Habsburg family. Nowadays it hosts the Austrian national library, the Spanish riding school, the president's office and several museums - it's really a HUGE building. All these funny horses everywhere around there are called "Fiaker" and they are a very popular tourist attraction. A long time ago they were really used for transportation but nowadays they just do guided tours in the city center.

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:25 pm
It's a strange time for visiting a rosarium because it is already autumn here in Austria, but nevertheless we went there and we had a great surprise. There were still sooo many beautiful roses there and their smell was everywhere in the air so we had a wonderful rest there!

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 2:31 pm
After this break we walked on through the park and then we reached the City hall with its big square in front of it. There are always some events taking place on this square, at the moment they had an open air opera festival, in December the Christmas market takes place there, afterwards an iceskating court is built up there etc. Just opposite the city hall there is the Old imperial theatre, a very beautiful building.

Then we passed by the Austrian parliament. At the moment everybody talks about it here because next week elections are hold and the people are of course curious who'll get most power in the country then.

We ended our city trip at the Historical museum of arts. It has a twin just vis-à-vis, the historical museum of nature and in the beautiful park inbetween we played hide and seek for a while before we went home again.