Sunday, December 4, 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." - Norman Vincent Peale

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Winterly Bathing Bay

No swimmers at the bathing bay of the Old Danube at this time of the year...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Badger Mural

This badger mural on the banks of the Danube Canal was created by Belgian street artist ROA.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Theme Day: Transitions

I wasn't very inspired by today's theme, but then I saw this escalator: taking it and going from one floor to another is also some kind of transition...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bookstore

A small bookstore in a quiet street in the city center... I've never been inside although it looks very inviting...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bright Spots

I wasn't the only one who did a walk in the rain along the Old Danube yesterday afternoon. The two umbrellas were bright spots a very dull day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

1st Sunday of Advent

Christmas season is here... Today is the first day of  Advent, casually speaking the countdown for Christmas... In Austria it's a tradition to buy an Advent wreath and light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second and so on, until on the last Sunday before Christmas all four candles are lit. I like this tradition, even if currently I don't have any Christmas spirit...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Place to Relax

I know I'm repeating myself, but I love the usually quiet atmosphere of the Old DanubeIt's such a good place to relax.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Another Walk Along the Old Danube

Last Sunday I did another walk along the Old Danube. I just can't get enough of this area...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Eyecatching Lampions

The eye-catching lampions of a Japanese restaurant in the 2nd district.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Love Chairs

And that's how the chairs look when the tavern is closed...

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's About the Colours

As you may already know, I never can resist taking photos of bright coloured chairs. In this photo I also love the blankets and the striped awning.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Flowers #213

"I love to smell flowers in the dark ... You get hold of their soul then." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Autumn Foliage

Most trees have already lost their leaves and there are piles of foliage everywhere...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Autumn in the Japanese Park

Autumnal colours in the Setagaya Park in the 19th district. I took this photo at the end of October, meanwhile the trees have lost their leaves...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Autumnal Virgina Creeper

The façade of this mansion in the 19th district is completely covered with Virgina creeper. In autumn it looks quite spectacular!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

View of the Town #15

On the public holiday on November 1st, I climbed up Kahlenberg and on my way I saw the town getting smaller and smaller...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Eye-Catching Mural

During my last walk along the Danube Canal I discovered this eye-catching mural by Peruvian artists Entes y Pésimo.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Afternoon Walk

If you want to, you can walk along the Danube Canal from the very city center to the outskirts. I did so on the last Sunday in October...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Excursion to Graz #6

The Schlossberg is located in the very city center of Graz. The city owes its name to the castle, which was built in the 16th century on this hill. From the Slavonic word Gradec for "little castle" later emerged Graz. After a victory over the Habsburgs in 1809, Napoleon demanded the demolition of the fortress. A huge amount of money paid to the French by the burghers of Graz could prevent the Clock Tower (in this photo) and the Bell Tower from being destroyed. The Clock Tower is a recognisable icon for the city, and there's a special thing about it: the clock's hands have opposite roles to the common notion, with the larger one marking hours while the smaller is for minutes.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Excursion to Graz #5

The construction of the "Landhaus" started in 1557. The prestigious building for the Styrian estates was designed by the Italian architect Domenico dell’Allio, even today it is the seat of the regional government of Graz. The building has a beautiful Renaissance-style arcaded courtyard.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Excursion to Graz #4

The State Apartments of Eggenberg Palace are a series of seven interconnecting rooms, decorated with red silk damask and matching white-gilt seating.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Excursion to Graz #3

The Bel Étage of Eggenberg Palace has remained almost unchanged since the 18th century. Furnished with original 17th and 18th century designs, furniture, tapestries and decorations, the circle of 24 state rooms is among the most significant ensembles in Austria. The highlight of the state rooms is the Planetary Room, completed in 1685. The name derives from the cycle of paintings by the court artist Hans Adam Weissenkircher. With its complex artistic programme, which merged astrological and hermetical ideas, number symbolism and family mythology to form a complex allegory to glorify the Eggenberg dynasty, the Planetary Room is ranked among the most impressive pieces of early Baroque interior decoration in Central Europe. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Excursion to Graz #2

Eggenberg Palace was built post-1625 by Italian architect and artist Pietro de Pomis as a residence for the imperial governor Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg. The edifice was designed as a huge allegory, a symbolic representation of the universe, where the erudite client set out his notion of an ideal world in an age of chaos and disintegration.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Excursion to Graz #1

This week I take you to Graz, the capital of the federal state of Styria and Austria's second largest city where I spent the weekend before last. Let's start our tour with the city hall: It was designed by the Viennese architects Alexander Wielemans von Monteforte and Theodor Reuter and completed in 1893. In the 20th century the main facade was radically simplified.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Flowers #211

"Flowers are the music of the ground
From earth's lips spoken without sound." - Edwin Curran

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Green Door

Green is one of my favourite colours. Therefore I was happy to discover this green door in the 4th district.