Thursday, April 30, 2015
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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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".
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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.
Monday, April 6, 2015
We are still waiting for springlike weather... The forecast for the Easter weekend was rather bad. Even if we were lucky enough to have some sunshine on Saturday and Sunday, it was quite cold. The outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants are still deserted.