Smokin’ & Jokin’

No matter how cool the weather, there’s always a place to stay warm while talking with friends and enjoying a beverage.

Graber, Innere Stadt, Wien, Austria

Rainy Memorial

Wherever you travel in Germany and Austria, you cannot escape the reality that faced the Jews in the first half of the 20th Century.  Nor should you try.

Smack dab in the middle of the First District of Vienna is the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, which commemorates the lives of 65,000 Jews exterminated under the Nazi regime.  Beautiful in its simplicity, it stands out from the surrounding Baroque architecture.  Luckily it was right around the corner from our hotel, so I could go back and shoot it from different angles at different times of day and night.

This is my favorite image.

Rainy Memorial
Rainy Memorial

While some stop to reflect on the significance of the memorial, others go about their daily lives, whether it be walking or riding their bicycle.

BTW, the restaurant in the background served some incredible goose accompanied by rotkraut and knödel, paired beautifully with Ottakringer Zwickl Rot, a locally brewed unfiltered dark beer.