Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The Austrian government did an advertising campaign on tv to "promote" the necessary distance of at least 1m to people in shops and public space. In this spot a girl describes the dimension of the distance as "as large as a baby elephant" so that really everybody gets it. No wonder that a hot dog stand decided to paint some elephants as distance marks on the pavement...
Monday, May 11, 2020
It was a long time since I have seen a rainbow, but yesterday evening this was the view from in front of my apartment door. In Vienna currently you can see a lot of rainbow paintings by children on windows, balconies, doors or the pavement as messages of hope to passersby.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020
Without any tourists and with museums and restaurants that are closed, the small streets in the city center were still rather deserted last Sunday afternoon. I had the impression that this promenader/cyclist took advantage of the calm to attentively watch the old buildings.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
In Austria there are no exit restrictions any more since May 1st. It's now again possible to meet friends in public but the minimum distance of 1m to persons with whom one does not live in the same household must still be observed. On Sunday afternoon a lot of people enjoyed the sunny weather along the Danube Canal. The people in this photo adhered to the rules of social distancing. Some days ago I met a friend for a walk and I have to admit that it felt strange for me to always keep a distance to him.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Let's start the week in a positive way, although with the current pandemia, the accompanying restrictions and the "new normality" (as our Federal Chancellor loves to put it) it's sometimes hard to consider life as beautiful. But I hope you can find at least one little something every day that makes you forget the present situation. The Beach Club in this photo, located on the banks of the Danube Canal, has definitely seen already better days...
Sunday, May 3, 2020
“It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important… People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
For four of the last seven weeks all shops, except supermarkets and drugstores have been closed due to the pandemia. Nearly three weeks ago the smaller shops reopened but I haven't been to any of them, I preferred to do some online shopping. Amongst other things I bought several face masks as they are now part of the new rules for our life with the Corona virus. During one of my last walks I discovered these masks in a shop window.
Click here to view the photos of all participants in the theme day.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
On April 22, 2020, World Earth Day, "Resonance Consultancy", a consultancy group for real estate, tourism and economic development based in Vancouver and New York, published its list of the world's greenest cities and ranked Vienna in the first place because the city has "a bounty of fresh ideas about mobility and public parks. (...) The commitment comes from a history of methodical city planning that has given the world everything from the English garden-inspired City Park (opened in 1862) to an actual national park just outside of town (Nationalpark Donau Auen). Vienna is also the European benchmark for public transit, with almost half of the city’s population holding an annual transit pass (...)". Please click here for more information.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
After nearly seven weeks exit restrictions will end on April 30 at midnight and on May 2 all shops, hairdressers and beauticians will be open again (May 1 is a national holiday), on May 4 the graduating classes will be the first back to school. So slowly but surely we are back to what our politicians call "the new normality" as there are still a lot of rules to be observed. I guess there will soon be cars and people in this street...
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
It's not the first time that I show you the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, but it's always nice to take a walk in the small park that surrounds it. With the still valid exit restrictions it was rather quiet there.
Monday, April 27, 2020
The administration building of the Municipal Department "Water Management" was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner. It was erected in 1899 and is located next to the Nussdorf weir and lock, at the point where the Danube Canal leaves the Danube. The building's roof features a platform that served as an observation post.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Spring is definitely my favourite season. I love it when nature awakens, the days are getting longer, the sun is shining more often and it's getting warmer. This year I love spring even more because watching all the blossoms and bright colours distracts me from the current restrictions and the uncertain future.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
When the weather is fine, the benches in the inner courtyard of MuseumsQuartier Wien usually are crowded. This was not the case some weeks ago... It's really strange to see places that are usually frequented by a lot of people so empty... The day before yesterday the government announced that at the end of April new exit restrictions will be announced... Let's see...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
As a matter of course currently all cultural venues are closed and one summer festival after the other is cancelled. It is not yet clear which requirements the theatres will have to fulfill when they will get the permission to reopen.
On Sunday I passed by the theatre Schauspielhaus Wien in the 9th district. The venue started as a cabaret theatre at the beginning of the 20th century, later it was converted into one of Vienna's first cinemas, and in May 1978 it was opened as a theatre. One of its directors (1987-1990) was the Hungarian writer George Tabori. The focus of the theatre is on contemporary writing with a great variety of diverse accesses to authorship and a politically involved programming.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Well, the "current situation"- as it is often paraphrased - is hard for many people in many different ways. It takes a lot of perseverance and it's really not easy to stay positive. I try to find at least one little thing per day that makes me smile or brings some joy into my life. Sometimes I have to be very attentive to find something, but then it's suddenly at my feet...
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Museums are allowed to open their door to visitors again from mid-May. The Austrian Federal Museums (Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Belvedere, MAK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Museum of Natural History Vienna, Museum of Technology, Austrian National Library) have already communicated that for economic reasons they will reopen only at the end of June. Let's see when the Clock Museum (in this photo) will be open again...
Friday, April 17, 2020
Yesterday I had to get something done in the city center. There were more people than the last time I was there, but in most of the reopened shops I saw only the employees and the atmosphere on Graben, a normally busy street, was still very quiet.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Yesterday Austria started to reopen public life: small shops and garden centres opened again, in Vienna the Federal gardens reopened and the resctricitons for the use of public transport were lifted. But there are new rules: only a limited number of clients are allowed to enter the shops, they have to use a trolley and most importantly nose and mouth have to be covered by a mask or a scarf, even in the public means of transport. If everything goes well further reopenings will be possible at the beginning of May.