Rose Lemonade, ever heard of it or had it? It is lovely, refreshing and pretty all at the same time. This is a cool courtyard to sit in and avoid the heat.
We made it! To Haus des Meeres, Aqua Terra Zoo, finally. We've been meaning to go since we arrived in Vienna but the elevator for the flat has broken down four times in those weeks. We are five long flights up so it has been quite inconvenient!
Anyway, back to the Haus, it’s eleven floors in a former flak tower from the war. There are six towers existing in Vienna, one houses the Haus des Meeres, one is an art gallery and as far as I can tell the others are empty. http://www.viennadirect.com/sights/mak.php Plans to disassemble them failed because there were too many buildings built up around them. Blowing them up would cause damage, the walls are so very thick that taking them down with a bulldozer or something wouldn’t work either, so they left them. My first post on Vienna shows the one we see out one side of the flat.
Here's the website for the aquarium, click on images for it to get more pictures.
|Starfish just hangin'|
There is only one elevator from entryway to the eighth floor, then another for nine to eleven, that elevator has a window in it where you can see into a fish tank! There are two small restaurants, one mid floors, one on the top with magnificent 360 degree views of Vienna. Staff must spend half their day on that first elevator and it does take some time to reach each floor, there are stairs but Bruce had his wheels and many families had strollers. There is a lab for the breeding program and meeting rooms where they have classes for children.
|Giant lobster I think|
Aside, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, had been housed in the basement of the House of Parliament there. A dark and dreary place we visited as children and didn’t like. They built a brand new one and it opened with great fanfare. It is a beautiful building and the displays are interactive with the audience. My mom signed us up for children’s classes and I remember really enjoying them, certainly we learned about many things not taught in regular school.http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca If you are in Victoria, I’d advise taking a tour, it’s not like any stuffy museum you’ve ever seen before.
The animals and fish - we liked the little monkeys best and they sure are not shy, one climbed onto the arm of Bruce’s chair and I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture, but they will walk right in front of you. Curious little things, investigated the bottom of a baby carriage or pretty much anything those humans bring in.
|Old diving gear, heavy I expect!|
There are snakes, no thanks, insects, no thanks, but yes to turtles, sharks, hammerhead sharks were interesting for us to see, their eyes are at each end of the peen. Multiple types of fish and corals, well, I won’t continue with the animal species description, too numerous but see the above website link for more information. It was a lovely visit and well worth seeing, especially those monkeys!
|The round glassware has an ant farm running through it!|
That was our visit, enjoyed it thoroughly!
Cheers, Bx2 & Lexi Cat