Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grinzinger Friedhof

With the move to a new "village" comes a new cemetery to explore. In Vienna, cemeteries are cultural sights. From Mozart's resting place in St. Marx Friedhof to Vienna's oldest Jewish cemetery tucked behind a seniors residence, to the cemeteries of the former villages of what is now the city, a walk through any of them is bound to be fascinating. My walk through the Grinzinger Friedhof today was no exception. 

The elaborate gravemarkers were numerous, the most I have seen in a village cemetery so far. What astonished me even more, though, were the number of mausoleums. 

Thus ended my first day of exploring the neighborhood we have not yet moved into; and as with the neighborhood we are leaving, I am certain I won't lack for opportunities to explore once we arrive.

Scenes from the New 'Hood

Soon to be new 'hood, that is.  Though the lease has been signed, we don't take occupancy of the house until May. Still, the sky was blue and sun was shining so beautifully today that I could not resist the opportunity to go outside to clear my head, literally and figuratively. I've been enjoying a fabulous head cold for the last week, and coupled with numerous issues at the U.S. house, a walkabout the neighboring Vienna village that we'll soon call home was just what I needed.

This is the Pfarramt Kaasgraben Maria Schmerzen, or Kaasgrabenkirche. It is a Neo-Baroque Roman Catholic and pilgrimage church whose history dates back to the second Turkish siege in 1683. I found it particularly striking against the sky today.
The village of Grinzing has changed even in the three years we've lived in the area. Yes, the tour buses still drop busloads of visitors looking for that "authentic" heuriger experience, but I have been seeing more independent shops that provide for us "locals," too. Time will tell if I change butchers, though.

I have purchased one of the two best fitting pairs of jeans I have ever owned from this shop, and so dropped in to investigate the "Flea Market." Tempted by much, but left empty handed.
The terminus of the 38 Tram. Clayton Theodore will have to make friends with a new tram.
Steps from the 38 Tram is Grinzinger Steig. A brisk, uphill, five-minute walk, and we're practically home.

And once home, in just 8 weeks this will be the view from the upper level bedrooms of the house.