Monday, April 27, 2015

Flowers And the Upper Belvedere

Well, this is not the first time that you see the Upper Belvedere on this blog, but it's the first time that you see it with such beautiful flowers.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Look up

A beautiful Baroque building in the city center. I especially love the balcony and just learned that in Vienna the first balconies were built in the Late Baroque.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #3

The Salon Devambez, named after the series of paintings by André Devambez "Life and modern inventions".

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #2

The dining room of the French Embassy, a beautiful ambiance.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Inside the French Embassy #1

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".

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Flowers #146

"If you are not a flower, don't be a thorn." - Kurdish Proverb

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Burggasse 98

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

New Danube

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

Gold | Ver Sacrum

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

The Boats are Back

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

Vienna City Marathon

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

Sunday Flowers #145

“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

Japanese Tea House

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

Cherry Blossom

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

Villa Hohe Warte

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

Rusty Gate

It seems that I have a new obsession: rusty things... Behind this gate in the 19th district lies the Villa Hohe Warte. If you want to see a photo of the building please come back tomorrrow.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Giant Mushrooms

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

Still waiting...

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.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny on this cake is a little late, he's still painting eggs...  I hope you finished your preparations in time. Have a Happy Easter!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Flying Easter Eggs

Easter eggs as hot air ballons in the window of the K. u. K. Court Confectionary Bakery Demel.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Well-Laid Table

Last Sunday I was invited to a pre-paschal girl's night at a friend's place. This is how the table looked like before we sat for dinner.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Theme Day: My Camera-Shy Self Portrait

When I saw this mirror in a shop some years ago, I just couldn't resist taking a self portrait ;-)
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

He's on his Way

The Easter bunny is on his way... I recently saw him  in the window of a confectionary...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time

In the night of 29 March we changed to "summer time" (daylight saving time) by turning the clocks forward one hour so that now light extends into the evening hours. This change of time still causes a lot of controversy, but I'm happy about it as it allows me to enjoy some daylight after work.
This photo shows the Anker Clock which forms a bridge between the two parts of the former Anker Insurance Company‘s building. It was created by the painter and sculptor Franz von Matsch and built from 1911 to 1917. In the course of 12 hours, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge. Every day at noon, all of the figures parade, each accompanied by music from its era.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Flowers #144

 “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” - Rainer Maria Rilke