Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A statue in the park of the Liechtenstein Museum. On a side note, Vienna has the best living standard in the world, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey! That´s already the third time in a row that Vienna is no. 1 in this ranking!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Reflections of autumnal trees in the windows of the Liechtenstein Museum which in its present form with fixed opening hours will close at the end of this year. The new focus will be on events and pre-booked guided tours of the Princely Collections.
Monday, November 28, 2011
After ten days without not even one ray of sunlight, we finally had a somewhat sunny weekend. Yesterday I took a walk in the garden between the Upper and the Lower Belvedere where you can find 12 sphinxes. Here is one of them, with St. Stephen´s Cathedral in the background.
*) "The smile of the Sphinx" is the title of a short story by Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973).
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Time is flying: Today is already the first Sunday of Advent! By now every Austrian household should be equipped with an Advent wreath for the "countdown" to Christmas. Today we light the first candle, next Sunday the second one and so on, until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
I stumbled upon this arrangement of fancy furniture in a store in the 6th district. Especially the sofa, made of jeans cushions (I would love to know how it feels to sit on it) and the Roy Liechtenstein-like picture caught my eyes.. But I also love the trailers.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The 21er Haus was built in 1958 by the Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer as a pavilion or temporary showroom for the Universal Exhibition in Brussels. In the same year Schwanzer won the Grand Prix d´Architecture for his visionary and technologically innovative design. From 1962 to 2001 the building served as an exhibition hall for the Museum of Modern Art until its collection was moved to the Museum of Modern Art - Ludwig Foundation in Vienna’s new MuseumsQuartier. In 2002 the 21er Haus was incorporated into the Belvedere museum. During the past few years the building was adapted to the purposes of a modern museum and finally reopened last week.
Monday, November 21, 2011
During my holiday in Paris last summer, I photographed a lot of doors and portals in different colours - blue, red, pink, green, yellow. A friend of mine complained that there were no orange things (Guess which is her favourite colour), so I promised her to watch out for the colour orange during my next trip to Paris. I went back there recently, kept my word and she was happy. The other evening I took a short walk in the city center of Vienna and in quick succession several orange things caught my eyes (obviously I´m still focused on this colour), amongst others this bicycle.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In the summer of 2003 the city center was invaded by colourful painted horses: Business companies and shops could buy white lipizzan statues and then decorate them with their logo or a theme with the help of a local artist or in some cases a group of school children (Click here for images of some of the horses). In autumn of the same year some of the horse sculptures were auctioned and the proceeds went to the Spanish Riding School. In the courtyard of the borough office in the city center you can still marvel at one of those horses.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The "stilwerk limited edition design gallery" presents selected objects of successful designers, architects and artists which work at the interface between art and design. The gallery is located in a modern building by French architect Jean Nouvel which was opened one year ago. For more pictures of the building please click here.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Reflections of atumnal trees in the glass façade of Augarten Contemporary, an exhbition venue for contemporary art of the Belvedere museum, located in the Augarten.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
At the end of this alley in the Augarten, a public park in the 2nd district, you can see one of Vienna´s six flak towers (Combat Tower or G-Tower), a relict of World War II.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sometimes I feel the urge to take a walk in the northern outskirts of Vienna. During my yesterday´s excursion I found myself amidst the grapevines and enjoyed this view of the town.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Autumnal trees in the Burggarten... As of late the specifics (species, date of planting, diameter of the crown, circumference) of the Viennese public trees have been collected in a register: Just click here and get all the available information of your favourite tree(s).
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Town Hall at sunset which is now - due to the change back to standard time - way too early for my taste. On the square in front of the Town Hall the preparations for the Christmas Market have already started - the market starts on November 12. For more images of the Town Hall please click here.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
When I told my aunt last Sunday after our lunch that I had "to shoot fences", she looked rather surprised, but in the end she accompanied me and we both took photographs of fences... Here is the rather dangerous looking fence of Burggarten.