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Viennese Cemeteries (April 2008)

Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery), second largest European cemetery by area and largest by the number of interred, isn’t located centrally at all, but in the outskirts of Vienna in Simmering. Tourists taking the S-Bahn to the Zentralfriedhof should consider stopping over at St. Marx for its much smaller Biedermeier cemetery. Especially when the lilac blossoms in April/May, even the traffic noise from the nearby road does nothing to break the enchantment of this Hortus conclusus. (Camera used: Pentax K10D)

Vienna (April 2008)

Vienna was the venue of this year’s “Criminale”, the annual meeting of German-language mystery writers. 220 writers were reading from their works at various locations all over the city, including unusual ones such as the sewers, the undertakers’ museum, or a gondola of the Ferris wheel in the Prater. When I wasn’t attending some of the Criminale-related events, I had some spare time for visiting exhibitions, sampling Viennese coffee, and generally wandering about the city. (Camera used: Pentax K10D)