Friday, December 9, 2016

Behind the Scenes #3

The Theater in der Josefstadt has an own workshop where the stage design is created. There we discovered a drawer unit with colour powder. I fell in love with this bright pink.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Behind the Scenes #1

I am late with this photo from September... Back then I participated in an instawalk at the Theater in der Josefstadt. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest still performing theater in Vienna. Our group got a guided tour behind the scenes, we could even take a look from the sky-high fly floors at the stage.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saint Nicholas Day

Today is Saint Nicholas Day: During the night Saint Nicholas checked up on the children if they were good, polite and helpful last year and if so, he filled the children's boots with gifts and sweets. Saint Nicholas is accompanied by Krampus, a demon-like creature, who warns and punishes bad children by putting a tree branch in their boots. On Sunday I discovered this advertisement in front of a candy store, it prompts the passers-by to buy sweets for Saint Nicholas Day.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cold Sunday

I'm sorry if I'm boring you with all the photos of the Old Danube, but after a busy week I'm in need of tranquillity and in this situation the view onto the water and the swans is just perfect for me... If you look closely, you can see that yesterday the water was partially frozen.
On a side note: Austria has a new President!! As I told you here the elections were rather complicated, but yesterday Austria finally voted for the independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen. I'm relieved.

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.