Saturday, May 31, 2014

Blue Door

 
I love the blue doors in Paris! For whatever reason in Vienna the doors are mostly painted in muted colours, but every now and then I stumble upon bright coloured and even blue doors...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Kleines Café

The "Kleines Café" in the city center, designed in the mid-1970s, is Vienna's smallest coffee house.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

At The Shooting

The day before yesterday the street where my office is located was tranformed into a set for a new television series.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Heracles Fighting Cerberus

There are a lot of sculptures in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. This one shows Heracles, the greatest hero in Greek mythology, fighting Cerberus, the three-headed hound which guarded the entrance to Hades, as well as the personified Vices, while beneath his feet lies the defeated Hydra, a many-headed water-snake.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Place in The Sun

A sunny place in a quiet alley in the 7th district last Sunday afternoon... and a photographer obsessed with chairs...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Graffito Girl

Some time ago I showed you a first photo of the project "Central Art Station": The Austrian Federal Railways asked some street artists to spray their works onto the temporary walls that cover the construction area at the new central railway station. Here's another work by Mexican born graffiti artist Stinkfish, located in the service hall.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Postcards From Vienna

When I'm on vacation I always try to find postcards that are a little "different". If I was a tourist in Vienna I would probably choose one of these...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sweet Sisi

Yesterday I stumbled upon this sweet version of the famous portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) by German painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter in the window of a confectionary.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Façade Detail #36

It's been a while since I have shown you an atlas.  This one adorns a façade in the city center.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer Hats

Its' hard to keep up with this year's sudden changes of weather. Last week it was cold and rainy and now we have suddenly summer temperatures... Time to buy a new summer hat?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pergola in Schönbrunn

This beautiful trellis-work pavilion and the pergola are part of the Privy Garden in front of the east façade of Schönbrunn Palace.

Monday, May 19, 2014

I Love Bright Colours

I love to photograph tables and chairs, especially so colourful ones like these. Last week we had cold and rainy weather, so the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants were deserted, but  this week the weather is expected to improve.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Flowers #113

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." - Emma Goldman

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Look Who's Watching

What's going on in the street? Apparently not much... The dog seems rather bored...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Reflections #28

Reflections on the façade of the "Juridicum", the building of the Faculty of Law.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two Chairs

The last time I explored the new campus of the University of Economics and Business, these two chairs caught my eyes. They seem to be eagerly waiting for some students to take a seat.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Piece of Brazil in Vienna

The Brazilian street artist Speto has covered 10 pillars  along the subway line 2 in the second district with a homage ("3 Brothers") to the Villas Bôas brothers and the narrative cultures of Brazil’s indigenous population. As pioneers, Leonardo, Orlando and Cláudio Villas Bôas took part in an extensive state-led expedition to colonize unexplored jungle areas in the mid-1940s. Deeply moved by their first encounters with the natives of the Amazon Basin, the three brothers became dedicated advocates of indigenous rights and environments. For their commitment, the brothers were nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Façade Detail #35

Interesting details on the façade of an apartment building in the 12th district.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Peace Parade

Last Saturday I "stumbled upon" the Peace Parade that premiered in Vienna. The parade was intended as a demonstration for civil rights, freedom of assembly and peace and consisted of several trucks with loud music. This photo shows the last truck.
In completely other news, on Saturday evening, the Austrian singer Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. This was Austria's first Eurovision win since 1966. Some people may find this "bearded lady" creepy, but please do have a look at her appearance by clicking here.
 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Flowers #113

"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance,
so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." - Terri Guillemets

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Alley in Schönbrunn Gardens

I don't know how many times I have already promenaded through the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. It's a place of which I get never tired...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Question of Taste

Eyecatching stockings in the window of a menswear shop in the city center... I would love to meet someone who is really wearing these...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Courtyard of the Teutonic Order #5

I have already shown you several photos of the courtyard of the Teutonic Order (here, here, here and here), but I still discover new photo subjects.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fiaker

The term "fiaker" originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Rue de Saint Fiacre in Paris.  Between 1860 and 1900 more than 1.000 fiakers were on the road in Vienna. Even today the horse-drawn carriages are still a part of the cityscape, a ride with a fiaker is a higlight for many tourists.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Schönbrunn Orangery

Franz I Stephan, the husband of Empress Maria Theresia, instigated the building of the Schönbrunn orangery (the building behind the fountain in this photo) in 1754. It is one of the two largest Baroque orangeries in the world, the other being at Versailles. The orangery served not only as the winter quarters for citrus trees and other potted plants but was also a winter garden used for imperial court festivities. During a winter festivity in 1786 Mozart conducted his Singspiel "The Impresario" here.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Office Buildings

Office buildings in the "Viertel Zwei" area, a new quarter in the 2nd district, constructed in 2009/2010. I love this spot because whenever I go there it's very quiet. The offices on this side of the buildings are overlooking the horse racing track Krieau.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Men's Talk

These three young men were having a chat last Sunday afternoon on the campus of the University of Economy and Business. I wonder if they were talking shop...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Theme Day: Squares

The geometric façade of the department building of the University of Economics and Business. The building was designed by Estudio Carme Pinós S. L., based in Barcelona (Spain).
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.