Sunday, March 27, 2011


Growing through the tiny cracks in a brick wall, these plants exhibit a remarkable ability to live. If only my carefully nurtured plants were half as successful! This wall retains what was formerly the oldest English gardens in Vienna at Palais Rasumovsky.

The gates allow a glimpse into the Rasumovsky gardens of an age gone by. Perhaps, with the help of one enthusiastic person, one day the gardens will bloom again.

This neo-Classical palace was originally the home of the Russian diplomat, Count Andrej K. Rasumovsky and later became home to Austria's Geological Institute. The street on which it sits is also named for the Count. Heavily bombed in WWII, the palace has been rebuilt and is now undergoing some additional repairs.

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