Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spirals

The entrance door of the building of yesterday´s post is beautifully decorated with spirals (and a security camera...).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Façade #2

This apartment building in the second district with its creatively decorated façade really stands out against the adjacent edifices.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring Fashion

I don´t really like the outfits in this window of a huge clothes store in the city center, but I love the white suitcases and the pastel-coloured puffs.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Flowers #26

First signs of spring in front of a flower shop near my place.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Modern Sculpture

A huge aluminum sculpture by Austrian artist Bruno Gironcoli (1936-2010) amidst skycrapers in the Donau City area.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still Frozen

After two weeks of freeze the temperature is now back to normal, but the "Alte Donau" (Old Danube) - a dead end of a former river branch of the Danube, separated from the main course of the river by a dam - is still frozen over. In summer this view is much nicer with people sailing and paddling...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moo!

Carnival is officially over, but this car is still dressed up as cow...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Krapfen

Krapfen are Austrian carnival sweets: doughnuts made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and powdered sugar on top. Yummy!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Puppet Theatre

The carnival display of the "Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery Demel": a puppet theatre with puppets whose corpuses are made of "Krapfen", Austrian carnival doughnuts.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sunday Flowers #25

Roses in the snow - discovered last Sunday in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. I´m still wondering who put them there and for what reason...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Snowman

If this snowman was real he would have loved the recent freeze, but he´s just a piece of the carnival decoration in the window of the confectionary "Heiner".

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Funny Face

Someone put a funny face on the character of this don´t walk sign in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace - anyhow nobody paid attention to these two signs... I took this photo last Sunday, in the meanwhile the cold wave is over and the snow has gone...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vienna Opera Ball

Tonight the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera is turned into a large ballroom: it´s the night of the famous Vienna Opera Ball, the highlight of the Viennese carnival season and a top-calibre social event, attracting celebrities from around the globe. I discovered this photo in the window of a new photo gallery in the city center. It shows the opening polonaise danced by young ladies and men, experiencing their "introduction to Viennese society". Unfortunately the photographer wasn´t indicated. Click here for a video of last year´s opening.

Sunny Winter Day

An impression of my last Sunday´s afternoon walk in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine´s Day

"We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love."  - Robert Fulghum, True Love
Having said this I wish you all a weird Valentine´s Day!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Don´t Play Football

In summer you can relax on certain lawns of Stadtpark, but it is not allowed to play football. With the current temperatures this signs looks rather funny. I don´t know anybody who would like to play football in the freezing cold...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Flowers #24

Recently I showed you some real Christmas roses, yesterday I discovered these fake ones in front of a cute shop in the city center.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Façade #1

A beautiful façade in the 4th district. I especially love the huge window of the top floor. Who may be living up there?

Friday, February 10, 2012

No End In Sight

Yesterday evening it started to snow again. According to the weather forecast the cold wave will persist even next week.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Snow-covered Putti

I was really fed up with winter, happy about the fact that the days are slightly getting longer and about the bright colours of the spring collections in the clothes stores. Then it got freezing cold and finally also started to snow... Unlike me these putti in the Burggarten seem to be rather delighted...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

An Afternoon at the Museum #3

Before leaving the Wien Museum, these visitors browsed the catalogues of former exhibitions at the museum shop.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An Afternoon at the Museum #2

While the children had fun at the game station of the Wien Museum last Sunday, some adult visitors took a break at the café.

Monday, February 6, 2012

An Afternoon at the Museum #1

Yesterday I intended to make an afternoon walk, but after ten minutes in the freezing cold I changed my mind and spent some time at the Wien Museum. Thanks to yesterday´s free entrance (on the first Sunday of each month) and the current semester break there were a lot of other visitors. The children seemed to have a lot of fun at the game station, a playing and learning area specifically designed for the motoric, cognitive and social abilities of young children (aged 2 to 6 years old).

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sweet Sunday #12

Even though I´m a real Viennese girl, I had never been to the famous Café Sacher - until last Sunday when a friend of a friend who was visiting Vienna for the first time, wanted to eat an Original Sachertorte. The cake was invented by chance by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich. Sachertorte consists of two layers of chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam and dark chocolate icing on the top and side and is usually served with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream - the recipe is a well-kept secret. There are various recipes attempting to copy the "Original", but the "Original Sacher Torte" is available exclusively at the Vienna and Salzburg locations of the Hotel Sacher, the Cafés Sacher in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck and at the Hotel Sacher's online shop.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Postcards

I discovered these postcards some time ago in the shop of an exhibition hall. I like them because they are different from the postcards that are usually sold. By the way, do you still write postcards to your friends and family when you are on vacation or do you use more modern ways for this kind of communication?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Young Athlete

This bronze statue of a young athlete (1921) by Josef Müllner is located in front of the Theseus Temple in Volksgarten. With the current iciness he must be freezing...