Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Goodbye Sisi Palm

After one hundred and seventy years two wars and one relocation and also outliving the Austro-Hungarian Empire , Sisi Palm of Vienna finally got the ax on Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists lined up each year to view the tree, which was already 44 when it was moved indoors in 1882 and named in honor of the enigmatic Elizabeth of Bavaria(nicknamed Sisi), the wasp-waisted wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
With cameras clicking, the Chinese fan palm was chopped down because it had grown too tall and risked punching through the glass ceiling of Europe's largest greenhouse — the Palm House on the grounds of Schoenbrunn Palace.
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