A Fiaker horse carriage is on its way to deliver food packages during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
VIENNA (Reuters) – Under coronavirus lockdown, one aspect of modern Vienna might look familiar to victims of plagues past – horse-drawn carriages delivering meals to those most at risk during the pandemic.
So-called ‘fiaker’, derived from the French term ‘fiacre’, have been a feature of Vienna life since it was the capital of a vast empire. Now they live off tourism, their often bowler-hatted drivers offering tours of the city centre from stands at landmarks such as its cathedral and former imperial palace.
But with Austria now under lockdown, some of those drivers are helping an effort to provide free meals to the elderly, who are particularly threatened by the coronavirus outbreak.
“There are no tourists, there is no business at all, and therefore they’re all at home. But the horses still need to…
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