Friday, September 30, 2011

Fountain of the Strudlhofstiege

This fountain is located between the two symmetric flights of stairs of the Strudlhofstiege in the 9th district.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Belvedere´s Chamber Garden

In the early 18th century, Prince Eugene of Savoy had the Belvedere’s Chamber Gardens designed as his privy garden. Situated alongside the Orangery’s south front, adjacent to the military commander’s residential wing, the Chamber Gardens, with their magnificent Baroque layout, represent a gem within the Belvedere Gardens, showing the warlord’s love for gardening: the ground level’s variegated design, garden ponds, pergolas, and pavilions met his wish for intimacy and feudal splendour. The gardens have been revitalized in the 1990s.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Greened Up Windows

Some people don´t need a balcony to live their love for flowers...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Matter Of Taste

Some people decorate their balcony with flowers, others with a bull (see here and here), others again prefer to put a cow on their terrace. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The House Of The Chasing Lady

The other day I told you that some time ago a lady was chasing me after I had taken a photo of her mansion. So here is it is: the house of the chasing lady. Isn´t it worth being photographed? If you take a close look at the photograph you can see her under the balcony...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Flowers #17

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

Saturday, September 24, 2011

High-Weel Bicycle

On the day before yesterday´s World Car-Free Day people could try to ride some very interesting bicycles on Ringstraße. This girl opted for a high-weel bicycle - and believe me this was the most conventional bicycle that was available.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Car-Free Day

Yesterday was World Car-Free Day, an event that shall convince people to use public transport, bikes and the own feet more often instead of going by car for environmental and health reasons. In the afternoon and evening a part of the Ringstraße, the circular road surrounding the inner city, was blocked for cars and turned into a big grassland where people could picnick, relax, play...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Beautiful Mansion

I´m living on a very busy road, therefore I love to take a walk in the quiet streets of the outskirts and admire all the beautiful mansions. But you have to be careful: Some months ago, after I had taken a photo of a villa, the landlady was running after me to ask me why I was photographing her mansion. She looked at me rather incredulous when I told her that I just liked her mansion. I guess she thought that I was spying on her property...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

He´s Still There

I discovered this bull for the first time in April (click here for the photo). Recently I passed again by this house and noticed that he´s still there. This time the blue door also caught my eyes (I´m a big fan of blue doors).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Bakery That Doesn´t Exist Anymore

I wanted to publish this photo for months, now there´s a sad reason to finally do it: This small bakery in the 19th district, a spin-off of a restaurant in the city center, was closed some days  ago. I have been there only a few times, because it was far away from my apartment, but I loved the white furnishing, the stuff was very nice and the sweets were delicious. I hope they´ll soon open another bakery in a more central location.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Beach Chairs

Usually you see these kind of roofed wicker beach chairs on the German coasts of the North and the Baltic Sea, but these are located on the Donauinsel next to a café. I drove past this place with my bicyle countless times but never stopped although these chairs look very inviting.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Flowers #16

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." - Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fancy Creature

I discovered this interesting creature (A buddhist angel-mermaid?) on the banks of the Danube Canal, on a wall where graffiti artists are officially allowed to spray their works of art.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Deck Chairs

Deck chairs in front of the Design Hotel Le Méridien waiting for someone who curls up and, after a busy working week, enjoys the late summer evening, maybe with a cocktail or two...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Can You See It?

Yesterday evening I saw a rainbow! I tried to photograph it, but all I got was this...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Green Door

A nice discovery in the 6th district: A green door with the perfect matching floral decoration.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reflections #8

Reflections of some old buildings in the facade of a modern building in the 6th district.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Donauturm

The 252m high Donauturm, one of Vienna´s landmarks, was opened in April 1964 on the occasion of  the Vienna International Garden Show. Two high-speed elevators transport passengers to the tower´s observation deck at 150m which also bears a bungee-jumping site. Two rotating restaurants (at 160m and 170m) offer a beautiful view of the city and its environs.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Flowers #15

"To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand." - Henry T. Tuckerman

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pink & Yellow

I know I´m repeating myself, but I love bright colours and these kind of tables and chairs. They are located in front of the frozen yogurt store in the city center where I became a regular this summer.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Waves

The Verbund Building in the city center was originally built in the postwar period, during the recent renovation it has been decorated with waved stainless steel elements.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flowers In Cans #1

A creatively greened up window of a Spanish restaurant in the city center.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Walking The Dog

Maybe this dog is lazy, maybe he has some serious health problems and can´t walk anymore or for a long time... Either way, his mistress is taking good care for him walking him in a dog stroller.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ice-cream Parlour

At this time of the year you don´t know how long the warm weather will last, so you have to make the most of it and maybe treat yourself to a last cup of ice cream.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Summer Holidays Are Over

Today starts the new school year! For 14.294 Viennese 6-year-old children it´s the very first day at elementary school, they will have to attend school for the next nine years.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Flowers #14

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." - Henri Matisse

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Millennium Tower

The Millennium Tower is a 171m high commercial and residential building on the banks of the Danube, designed by the architects Gustav Peichl, Boris Podrecca and Rudolf Weber. The tower is the focal point of the complex "Millennium City" and was completed in 1999 for the coming of the third millennium.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Riverboats

The Danube River is Europe´s second longest river (2860 km), it originates in the Black Forest in Germany and, after passing through four Central and Eastern European capitals (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade), emptys into the Black Sea. There are a lot of riverboats that travel the river, in Vienna they stop right next to the Reichsbrücke.

Thursday, September 1, 2011