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 ;-)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Lion is Watching You

This lion watches everyone who goes in and out of an apartment building in the 4th district and the people who pass by...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Perfect Tourist

With his art installation "The Perfect Tourist", Hubertus von Hohenlohe invites both Viennese citizens and tourists to capture the magic of the Upper Belvedere in a perfect photograph. The installation offers visitors to the Belvedere Gardens an opportunity to immortalise themselves in the Baroque ambience of the Lower and the Upper Belvedere with the aid of a specially designed mirror. Usually there is a line of tourists who want to take a picture in front of this mirror...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Flowers And the Upper Belvedere

Well, this is not the first time that you see the Upper Belvedere on this blog, but it's the first time that you see it with such beautiful flowers.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Look up

A beautiful Baroque building in the city center. I especially love the balcony and just learned that in Vienna the first balconies were built in the Late Baroque.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #3

The Salon Devambez, named after the series of paintings by André Devambez "Life and modern inventions".

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #2

The dining room of the French Embassy, a beautiful ambiance.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #1

During the "Day of the Open Memorials" last September I managed to finally visit the French Embassy. The Art Nouveau building was designed by Georges Chedanne; Tony Selmersheim was responsible for the interior decoration which was created by the most renowned French and Austrian artists and craftspeople of the time. Let's start our tour with the "Salon doré".

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Flowers #146

"If you are not a flower, don't be a thorn." - Kurdish Proverb

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Burggasse 98

What would you do if you owned a building with a boring façade? The owner of this house in the 7th district decided to invite street artists to redesign it so that it's now a contemporary art object. The new façade was officially presented to the public on August 8, 2014.

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Danube

The day before yesterday I took the first after work bicycle tour and shortly after my start I enjoyed this view of the New Danube, a side channel on the eastern side of the Danube. The New Danube was created to provide flood relief by containing excess water. The Donauinsel (Danube Island), made out of the removed material, separates the new waterway from the main channel of the river.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gold | Ver Sacrum

The next Life Ball, one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world, will take place on May 16 at the Vienna City Hall. Every year the ball is dedicated to a special subject, this year it is "Gold - Ver Sacrum". The current window display of the Swarovski store was inspired by this motto and created by set designer Simon Costin.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Boats are Back

Last Saturday was a very sunny and warm day (20°C/68°F), so I grabbed my bicycle and finally took the first tour this season along the Old Danube. The boats of the sailing schools have already been put to water and are ready for action...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vienna City Marathon

Yesterday the 32nd Vienna City Marathon took place. Shortly after the start the 42.742 participants from 129 nations passed by my place. As last year I managed to spot two friends of mine and we waved to each other. The marathon was won by Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia, 2:07:31) and Maja Neuenschwander (Switzerland, 2:30:09).

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Flowers #145

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower." - Marianne Williamson

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Japanese Tea House

The Setagaya Park was designed in the traditional Japanese style and therefore also has a tea house. The Setagaya district in Tokyo is a sister district of Vienna's 19th district where this park is located.
 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cherry Blossom

Despite of the recent bad weather the Japanese Cherries in the Setagaya Park are already blooming. Please click here, here and here for more photos of this Japanese park in spring.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Villa Hohe Warte

The castle-like Villa Hohe Warte was erected in 1907/08 by the architects Edward Lasch, Josef Pürzl and Julius Fröhlich, and housed a municipal orphanage until 1946. Afterwards it was used as a children’s home and consultation center of the Youth and Family Office. In 2013 the building was sold to the People's Republic of China that wanted to use it as its UN Embassy, but when I passed by the heritage-protected villa some days ago, it still seemed to be vacant.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rusty Gate

It seems that I have a new obsession: rusty things... Behind this gate in the 19th district lies the Villa Hohe Warte. If you want to see a photo of the building please come back tomorrrow.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Giant Mushrooms

I discovered these two "Giant Multiple Mushrooms", sculptures by Belgian artist Carsten Hoeller, during my yesterday's walk in Augarten. The sculptures are composed of four different types of mushrooms. Since 1994, mushrooms have been a regular feature in Hoeller's works, probably due to his education as scientist and his doctorate in biology.