In New Zealand these would sell very well, I imagine… I looked at my pictures from last year’s celebration, and realised they’re just a blur… Much crappier than this, even! So, happy new year everyone! Let’s hope it’s a good one!
This is the paper that EVERYONE reads in the morning when on the way to work. Hell, I even read it from tome to time. It’s not really a quality paper, but it’s free, and is very handily located all over town. Especially at subway stations. So sometimes in the morning if I’ve got nothing else to read I’ll grab a copy. What I find most interesting is the gossip about the local politicians and celebs, partly because I’m still trying to figure out who is who in the city! Also nice to keep up to date on events that are going on and sport results.
I’m still at home, with limited internet access (to say the least) and diminishing appetite.. I think I’ve eaten almost anything that I’ve missed throughout the year during the last week! One week to go, less eating scheduled.. 😛
When the moon is full like today, I like to go for walks in Prater. Actually, I spend a lot of time in Prater, going for walks. So I should really show you more of it. Here you can see the lights from the Hauptallee shining through the trees as a white line, and the moon shining bright. Prater is relatively safe, and on the weekends (or maybe even full time now) there are no cars allowed. So, all the space in the world to go rollerblading, biking, anything on wheels, as well as paths to go running and nordic walking. It’s nice to have a green area to visit that’s not that far away. 🙂
According to Wikipedia:
Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn [ʃøːnˈbʁʊn]) is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
I like coming out here. This was the first time that I’ve gone up on the hill behind the castle. 🙂
By now I’m already home in Norway to celebrate christmas with my mum. So, the posts will be older pictures from Vienna that I have taken this winter and last winter. I hope you can forgive that! This poster is at the subwaystop at Westbahnhof, and I’ve always liked it. It’s the subway map of Vienna (although a bit simplified), but with band names instead of the stations. I live between Bauchklang and Gustav. 😀
The last market I visited before Christmas! Granted, this time I didn’t go to have punsch… There is a saturation point for punsch, and this year I’ve managed to reach it before christmas. 😛 Now I’m looking forward to going home to Norway tomorrow. Fingers crossed that there won’t be any chaos due to the wintery weather!! I’ve scheduled all days already with new pictures, so fear not! There will still be a picture a day. 🙂
Tonight I’m in here, listening to Haendel’s Messiah. It’s really awe-inspiring! I’m looking at the walls, the millions of figures, all that gold…. Soooo much gold…. This is where the annual new year’ s concert is held. 🙂
Some pictures from the inside on Facebook!! 🙂
(the link to the page is on the right) –>
The christmas lights at Rotenturm Strasse kinda look like massive balls of glowing molten lava… They’ve fascinated me since day one. This is the street that connects Stefansplatz with Schwedenplatz. I’ve been caught staring up at these red balls a few times this year already. 🙂
Whoa, today has been a very intense day. I have been all over town, showing my friends who are here visiting from NZ around. We’ve managed to catch most of the outside of what’s in the first district, and even Schönbrunn castle, we’ve been to three christmas markets(!) and we’ve even been inside the national library. Which was pretty nice.
I took this picture at the market outside the museum of natural history. Just anotherone in the series of great Christmas markets! 😀
Well, these past 24 hours I’ve mostly spend inside, cleaning like mad, and baking up a storm with my friends. Here are the results of my efforts – mostly strange cookies, but hey – strangeness is good. 🙂 Had to ask my friend to shoot it with her phone cuz I was unarmed at the moment…
Tomorrow I’ll head outside again for a picture!!
I’ve always liked this church, and I’ve always liked that it looks like there’s a pub in the church itself. 😀
Here’s some info about it that I sourced from the net:
Built in 1861 at the behest of the Greek community, the interior of Vienna’s main Greek Orthodox church is a glittering blaze of Byzantine designs. A ceiling fresco depicting the prophets surrounded by swirls of gold is augmented by a high altar of 13 panels, each of which features sparkling gilding, and a doorway to the inner sanctum. Today, the Greek community in Vienna numbers about 10,000. (Read more of the lonely planet article here).
The church was originally built 1782–87 by Peter Mollner. The architect Theophil Hansen created the rich appearence of the church 1856-1858. He took his inspiration from Byzantine architecture. The inside – with some baroque accents – is replete with iconostases and frescoes.
Since 1963 the church serves as the cathedral of the Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop in Austria.
If you’re keen to see a bit more detail in the photo, you can visit my photoblog where you can see the picture in fullsize: http://www.fotothing.com/TinaRTiller/
This thing is a miniature train track, with a miniature train, that runs in the Prater park. I personally think it’s a bit of a menace.. sometimes they run the old mini steam train, which is cute to look at, but which lays the whole forest in smoke. Like, totally in smoke… it smells bad, looks bad, is bad.. etc. But probably a lot of fun for the kids to be part of. I like going for walks in Prater on the weekends with my friends. It’s nice to get some air and be out of the city, even if you’re still in the city.
Augustin is like the ‘Big Issue or ‘Gateavisa’ – Newspapers that are made by the homeless, and sold by the homeless in order to have an income. So if you ever find yourself haunted by magazine sellers (they can come in hordes at times), it could be useful to know that if you buy one of these, you’re supporting someone who is doing what they can with their situation. This is the paper that’s sort of ‘approved’ – if you get what I’m saying. I sometimes buy one, but I must admit I never actually read it. I tried to once, but it was quite like a strange world to me. I didn’t get the humour. Which I suspect is totally ok.
I’ve sometimes wondered if it’s ok to give an Augustin salesman your number. One of them that I pass every day is totally gorgeous… He is always smiling, always wishing everyone a good morning (well, he is a salesman after all), and sometimes my mind wanders a bit, thinking of what it would be like to date an Augustin salesman. Maybe he even earns more than I do.. but I suspect that the cultural divide would be too big there. shame, really.. 😛
A tradition that is a bit crazy (but also kinda cool) is that of Nikolo and Krampus. According to Wikipedia, Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish bad children during the Christmas season, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards nice ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.
Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (although Nikolo is on the 6th of December here in Austria), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration. I’m always amused by the amount of chocolate Krampuses on sale as well. These ones are quite tasty…. 🙂
At the greek restaurant, Iridion, they have a punch stand. Apparently, they also hand out festive antlers for people to wear.. 😀 I’ve ventured out into the world for an hour today, eating at the restaurant. I’ve never had a bad meal there, so I can really recommend it if you’re ever close to Rochusgasse. I love that they make the effort to have a nice punch stand, and it seems to be popular with us locals. 🙂
Thick snowflakes falling in my backyard a couple of hours ago. I’m at home sick, so no chance to go out and see if the snow was settling anywhere, but it was 5.8 degrees outside so I doubt it. It’s probably nice and white up at work though! I’m eagerly awaiting snow.. Christmas markets and everything just looks better in white somehow!
One of the prettier Christmas markets can be found at Schönbrunn Castle. It’s also one of the more pricier Christmas markets. And crowdier. And more touristy. I came here hoping to find a present for my dad, and managed to get away with a nice gift. I also had a Kaiserpunch (as you would do, when you’re in front of the summer-residence of the Hapsburgs), and a crepe. All in all, quite successful. 🙂
Some pictures from inside the market can be seen on the facebook page… 😉
This arctic wolf was checking out the visitors at Schönbrunn Zoo today. Probably many interesting looking creatures. I was thinking, maybe it was thinking of hunting. The enclosure was big enough really (for a zoo) but still, didn’t look like the pack had much to do.
I actually like Schönbrunn Zoo though. It’s the oldest in the world, and some of the buildings that date back are really quite spectacular. I belongs to the castle, so it’s really no wonder that the style is beautiful. I have an annual pass, which set me back 39 Euro. Right now they’re building a much bigger place for the polar bears… so unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the red pandas that I came for. They’re probably on holiday too, until the area with the new enclosures opens.
People at the Spittelberg Christmas market making potato cakes. These guys were kept really busy! It’s basically just grated potato, stuck together with flour, and deep fried. You eat it with garlic that you smear on it.. oh ya! Now that it’s December at last, it’s good time to show you Vienna at it’s awesomest season. Christmas is the absolute best here!