Around the Ring

Since I moved downtown, my quick-and-dirty exercise routine has been to walk the Ring, a walking/biking path that follows the outline of the old city walls. It’s a little noisy, but always interesting. Today I snapped a few pics with my phone to share.

I just discovered that our apartment is a couple of blocks from the former Gestapo headquarters. Which was about as nasty a place as you might expect, and then some. The building was razed after WWII and replaced with a park. This memorial says "never forget."
I just discovered that our apartment is a couple of blocks from the former Gestapo headquarters. Which was about as nasty a place as you might expect, and then some. The building was razed after WWII and replaced with a park. This memorial says “never forget.”
Along the Vienna river.
Along the Vienna river.
Sometimes Vienna street installations are pretty cool.  Sometimes, they are not.
Sometimes Vienna street installations are pretty cool. Sometimes, they are not.
Cute penguin fountain in the Stadtpark (they must be Viennese penguins because they appear to be arguing about something...)
Cute penguin fountain in the Stadtpark (they must be Viennese penguins because they appear to be arguing about something…)
Completely over the top memorial to Strauss in the Stadtpark.
Completely over the top memorial to Strauss in the Stadtpark.
The shop sells gloves or "hand shoes." I especially  like the way this photo turned out.
The shop sells gloves or “hand shoes.” I especially like the way this photo turned out.
Outside a cafe.
Outside a cafe.
Funny noodles!
Funny noodles!
At the City Opera House.
At the City Opera House.
Yes, that car is covered with Astro turf.
Yes, that car is covered with Astro turf.
In Leopoldstadt, the former Jewish quarter.
In Leopoldstadt, the former Jewish quarter.
Maria am Gestade church, first dedicated in 1302.
Maria am Gestade church, first dedicated in 1302.
Portal of Maria am Gestade.
Portal of Maria am Gestade.
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