Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Morning at the Café

Last week I met a friend in this newly opened café for a late breakfast. The café is located in a former millinery and "Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court"

Friday, January 11, 2019

For Sale

The 19th district hosts some of Vienna's most expensive residential areas. This mansion is currently for sale at the price of € 3.190.000...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

St. Charles Church by Night

St. Charles Church was built as a result of a vow taken by Emperor Charles VI during a plague epidemic. It is consecrated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, Saint Charles Borromeo. The church is the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The construction began in 1716 and was finished - after J.B. Fischer von Erlach's death - by his son Joseph Emmanuel in 1737 who sligthly changed the plans of his father.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The End of my Sunday Walk

My Sunday afternoon walk ended in Grinzing, a quarter in the 19th district, that's known for its Heurige (wine taverns where the most recent wine is served). Here you can see the spire of the Grinzing parish church and a wayside shrine.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Slightly Snowy View of the Town

In the vineyards on the slopes of Kahlenberg and Nussberg the snow was still lasting on Sunday... I love this view of the town. How do you like it?

Monday, January 7, 2019

They Have Seen Better Days...

On Friday afternoon it snowed, on Saturday the rain washed away the snow - at least in the inner city. In the outskirts yesterday there was still some snow. In Heiligenstädter Park I discovered this family of snowmen in a rather sorry state...

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Skin Deep #4

One of my personal highlights of the exhibition "Skin Deep. Hair dressers, barbers, beauticians" at the Wien Museum was the assemblage of covers of professional journals for hairdressers. The covers in this photo (that shows only a detail of the assemblage) are from 1927 to 1951. The subtitle of one of the journals was "the gate to the world of the hairdo" - I think this sounds great.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Skin Deep #3

Up until World War I a fair skin was among the most important attributes of feminine beauty. This was a status symbol that only members of the upper class could afford as they did not have to work outdoors, unlike the majority of the population. Further, the cult of white skin was strongly associated with the dividing line between white and non-white ethnicities. This sun hat is made of hemp lace and dates from ca. 1910, as does the ceramic figure in rococo style "At her toilet".

Friday, January 4, 2019

Skin Deep #2

Some hairdresser instruments from the 1930s to the 1960s: an electrical hair drying hood, two electrical perming devices, an electrical hair dryer and a wash basin. Two of these instruments look rather scary, don't you think?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Skin Deep #1

Last Sunday I visited the exhibition "Skin Deep. Hair dressers, barbers, beauticians" at the Wien Museum. The exhibition deals with the practices and meanings of modern body care and styling from the 18th century onwards and focuses on shaving, hair care and cosmetics in the Viennese context. The objects in this photo are from the hairdressing salon "Marko's" opened in 1899. The salon was considered a top-class-establishment and counted numerous prominent people, inlcuding high nobility, as clientele. Regular clients' personal razors were kept in the small drawers of the cabinet.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Stormy Day

I ended the old year with a walk along the Old Danube and that's exactly how I started the new year although it was a very cloudy and stormy day.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year

As I'm obsessed with sunsets and walks along the Old Danube , I obviously had to choose a photo that combines these two "things" as my favourite photo of 2018. I published this photo last March when we had a cold spell and the Old Danube was frozen over - whereas I was already impatiently waiting for spring...
Click here to view the photos of all participants in the theme day.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Wow, so another year is over! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a sweet 2019!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #6

Since 2006 Vienna's most georgeous Christmas lights can be found on Graben in the city center.  Each of the 10 chandeliers weighs 400 kg and consists of 20.000 LEDs. Tomorrow they will light the "New Year's Eve Trail": From 2.00 p.m. until 2.00 a.m. the city center will transform into a giant party zone. Dozens of gastronomers will serve punch and culinary treats, there will be numerous entertainment areas with show programs, waltzes, operetta, rock, pop, DJ lines and hit music. In the afternoon Vienna's dance schools will offer crash waltz dancing courses on Graben and transform it into an idyllic open-air ballroom.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #5

This huge bow on a building opposite the Vienna State Opera is not only an eye-catcher but also one of Vienna's most photographed Christmas decoration.

Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #4

The red Christmas lights in Rotenturmstraße are rather impressive - every year again. Some years ago an ex colleague of mine called the huge red balls "frightening" ;-)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #3

Even the five star Hotel Sacher in the city center was decorated with Christmas lights. Can you see the two nutcrackers at the entrance? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Better Late Than Never...

As the weeks before Christmas are usually rather stressful at work, I don't have the time to go to Christmas markets. Luckily, the market in front of Schönbrunn Palace is open until December 26... So I braved the strong breeze yesterday and headed to Schönbrunn.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #2

While in other parts of the world Christmas is celebrated today, for me it's already over as my family is not very much into celebrating exentensively... I'm still on vacation though and will enjoy Christmas Day as best as I can...

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

In Austria we celebrate Christmas this very night: Traditionally we set up the Christmas tree and light it for the first time, gather around the tree, may sing some Christmas carols, unwrap the presents, have Christmas dinner and maybe go to the Midnight Mass. In case you are interested in my programme: I will start the day with a brunch at my aunt's and spend the evening with my parents. I hope you a merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

4th Sunday of Advent

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, 
is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge

Saturday, December 22, 2018

2018 Christmas Lights #1

The Christmas lights in Mariahilferstraße, Vienna's biggest shopping street, haven't changed in quite a while... Today will be a very busy day in all shopping streets and centers as it's the last day with normal opening hours before Christmas. In Austria the shops are closed on Sundays and on Christmas Eve they will close in the early afternoon.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter at the MQW 2018

If you don't like kitschy Christmas Markets, you can enjoy the "Winter at the MQW": in pavilions in the inner courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier Wien you can savour punch specialities while listening to a diverse mix of music provided by DJs, or you do some ice curling or pilot remote-controlled cars on a a race track. There are also video projections on the facade of the Leopold Museum.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Silent Night...

It's time to get into the Christmas spirit! We could do that by singing the Christmas carol "Silent Night" (German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht")... It was composed 200 years ago by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in a small town in Salzburg, Austria. The carol has been translated into about 140 languages and was declared intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers, the version sung by Bing Crosby allegedly is the third best-selling single of all-time. The window display of a confectionary in the city center shows a sweet version of the parish church where the carol was first sung in 1818.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Snowy Schönbrunn #3

The last photo from my walk in the snowy gardens of Schönbrunn Palace... Walking up this hill you will reach the Gloriette.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Snowy Schönbrunn #2

The way up the hill to the Gloriette was rather icy on Sunday. Whereas I managed to go up quite easily, I then slipped on the flat ground... The children had a lot of fun sliding down the hill towards Schönbrunn Palace...

Monday, December 17, 2018

Snowy Schönbrunn #1

During the night from Friday to Saturday we had the second snowfall of this season. Let's hope that there will be more snow around Christmas! When the city is covered with snow I usually take a walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace...

Sunday, December 16, 2018

3rd Sunday of Advent

"Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us." - David Cameron

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Northern Lights

The current installation "Northern Lights" at the art space of the Swarovski Kristallwelten store in the city center was created by Austrian fashion designer Susanne Bisovsky. The installation evokes an arctic storm blowing open the doors and windows of an imaginary Russion dacha. The ladies of the house are wrapped in glittering robes that sparkle with thousand of crystals.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter Trees

The new quarters that I showed you the past days are located right next to the large Prater park where the trees currently look like this...