Friday, May 29, 2015

Have a Seat

I love bright colours, I love tables and chairs, so I just couldn't resist taking this photo... During the last rather chilly and rainy week the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants have been deserted.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Palais Sternberg

When Palais Sternberg was erected in 1820/21, it was located in the Viennese suburbs. Over the centuries the city expanded and today it's in a quite central location and houses the consulate of the Italian embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

From Vienna With Love

If you like the gay-themed traffic lights that were recently installed at numerous pedestrian crossings in central Vienna, you can now buy magnets and postcards of the male and female couples and spread some love. I certainly will buy some of these cards!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Percussionists

Well, the music really goes on in Vienna... On Sunday afternoon these two percussionists enthralled their audience and the passersby in the city center.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Music Goes on

After an exciting week the 60th Eurovision Song Contest ended on Saturday with the spectacular grand final. Sweden won the music competition (click here for the video of the performance), Austria got disappointing 0 points... Although this event is over, Vienna is still a city of music, even the mannequins in the windows of the department store Steffl play instruments...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Flowers #150

“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” - Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, May 23, 2015

EuroArt

As part of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), 40 pieces of the MuseumsQuartier courtyard furniture were decorated by 40 Austrian artists, with one piece of furniture dedicated to each ESC participating country. The artworks will be auctioned off for charity on 27 May.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Sign of Tolerance

For the start of the Eurovision Song Contest the usual single, gender-neutral figures of the traffic lights at 120 pedestrian crossings in central Vienna have been replaced by male or female gay couples to show the city's open-mindedness. Originally they should be removed in June, but due to the positive public reaction and an online petition the city of Vienna decided that they would become a permanent fixture.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Eurovision Village

Last year Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), so this year the music event takes place in Vienna. There are two semi-finals (the first took place on Tuesday, the second will go off tonight) and on Saturday there's the finale. The Eurovision Village in front of the City Hall is currently a hotspot for the ESC fans. It offers live music from Song Contest participants, public screenings, themed evenings, a family program and much more.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Augarten Porcelain Cup

The Augarten Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1718 and is famous for the delicate and graceful shapes of its porcelain. On this cup you can see the Augarten Castle where the manufactory has been residing since 1923 and where today there's even a porcelain museum. By the way, even today the porcelain is produced and painted by hand.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vintage Signs #3

Browsing some photos of last year, I stumbled upon this vintage sign that indicates the relaxing gawn at the Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark in the 18th district.

Monday, May 18, 2015

An Afternoon at the Buschenschank

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon with a friend at a "Buschenschank" in the 19th district. A "Buschenschank" is a wine-tavern, where the winegrower serves his own wine, apple cider and fruit juices and a limited selection of cold food. While the wine and the non-alcoholic beverages are served to the tables, you have to get the food at a self-service buffet. A "Buschenschank" can only be open a certain amount of time a year and indicates that guests are welcome by hanging a couple of conifer or fir twigs a the entrance door.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Flowers #149

 “She did not need anyone else's love when she had roses.” - Holly Lynn Payne

Saturday, May 16, 2015

So many varieties...

On this panel you can see 32 different varieties of citrus fruits. How many can you denominate?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vienna Citrus Days

Yesterday I attended the "15th Vienna Citrus Days" at the Schönbrunn Orangery. The information and sales exhibition presents a historic collection of citrus trees. The program also includes tastings of culinary specialties, guided tours and lectures. When I entered the orangery I was overwhelmed by the perfume of the orange and lemon blossoms...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Canoe Polo

Have you ever heard of "canoe polo" or "kayak polo"? This sport combines canoeing and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game. Each team has five players on the pitch, who compete to score in their opponents goal which is suspended two metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, University of Vienna!

This year the University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary. The public university was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and the third oldest university in Central Europe. This photo shows the main building, designed by Austrian architect Heinrich von Ferstel and opened in 1884.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Liechtenstein Garden Palace #3

The Liechtenstein Garden Palace houses the collection of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The art collection consists of masterpieces from the early Renaissance to the High Baroque and can only be viewed as part of an event or a booked guided tour on request.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Keep off the Grass

Well, actually there's a sign saying "Private Property. Keep off the grass!", but with yesterday's fine weather the grass was just too tempting...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Flowers #148

"If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears." - Isaac Hayes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Reed at Sunset

Yesterday evening I took another bicycle tour along the Old Danube (I'm such a terrible creature of habit) and took some photos of the sunset. And then the reed caught my eyes...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sunset Obsession #14

An impression from my bicycle tour along the Old Danube yesterday evening.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wisteria and Façade Detail

He doesn't seem very happy about the blooming wisteria...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Evening by the Water

I know, I'm repeating myself, but I really love the quiet atmosphere of the Old Danube, especially when the evening falls.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reflections #29

Modern office buildings aren't always beautiful, but often they are good for taking photographs of reflections ;-)

Monday, May 4, 2015

ESC Herald

This year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is imminent (May 18-23), and this time the event will take place in Vienna. The city is very excited about that... To spread some ESC atmosphere the Viennese parks have been decorated with more than 150 life-size singer figures. They are indeed eye-catching, but so far looking at them hasn't helped me to get in the ESC mood...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Flowers #148

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” -  Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chocolate Flowers

These chocolate flowers are looking way too cute to be eaten...

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Theme Day: Revolution

At the beginning of the 20th century the "Loos Haus" was an architectural revolution: In 1909 the banker Leopold Goldstein commissioned the Austrian architect Adolf Loos to construct a commercial building on Michaelerplatz for his enterprise. The building caused a great scandal because of its, at that time, unusual plain facade without shutters, mantle stones or other ornaments. The general public demanded the demolition of the building and Emperor Franz Joseph I refused to enter the Imperial Palace from Michaelerplatz ever again.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sunset Obsession #13

Finally the days are long enough that I can resume my after work bicycle tours during which I usually take photographs of the sunset... In the coming months you will surely see many more sunsets on this blog ;-)