I don’t have much confidence when it comes to black and whites, but after some kind comments from Lois on my facebook page I decided to feature this one today. I took it on a whim to send to my friend Annika in New Zealand. 🙂 It’s just an Instagram photo… but it did turn out nice, albeit far from ‘proper camera quality.’
This is incidentally one of my favourite little bars along the canal.. only open when it’s warm. It’s totally relaxed/laid back. Can be found on the western side of the canal by the Franzensbrücke.
Today’s post is dedicated to my former colleague and fellow blogger Kristen, who passed away last week. She was the author of Sushi and Strudel which is an excellent guide through the jungle of restaurants in Vienna, and I hope this blog will stay up and running for a good while longer even if no new posts will be published.
After she quit working up at the uni, she slowly drifted away from us. She would occasionally show up at events though, sparkling and beautiful, telling us new stories about her beloved dog Bode, and whatever she and her husband had been up to lately. She was an inspiration to many of us… smart, beautiful, newly-wed and on her way to becoming the model home maker she seemed destined to be. But then news came through last Wednesday that she had passed. As I went to the memorial service this morning it was raining, and mostly grey. How appropriate…
It’s the first time that I’ve known someone at my age (or younger even!) that have passed away. It’s quite eye-opening, and scary at the same time. I still can’t come to grips with the fact that I’ll never bump into her again… anywhere. Ever. It’s funny to me how time seems to have stood still every time you meet up with someone you know, but as soon as you know you’re never ever going to meet up with them again, all that time seems to come rushing back and create an abyss, that you can’t ever cross. And then you wonder why you let time pass so easily, without resisting it…
Goodbye Kristen. May you rest in peace.
I’m wondering if this guy is real. I think I’m going to have to make a visit to the Pratermuseum to find out! It’s only 4 Euro to get in, so should be worth it.
Found a great place where they have 2for1 cocktails and free popcorn! East Coast, at Börsegasse. Highly recommended! You don’t even have to order both cocktails straight away, they are nice enough to let you order the first one within the time restriction of the happy hour (5-6:30pm) and the next one when you finish your first one… They were deeeelicious!
Super excited, as I have ordered my first ever (non-kit) lens for my D7000! Which has several benefits: It’s got a lot better light, it’s faster, and smaller, and all this wonderfulness might actually mean that I’ll be dragging my ‘proper’ camera along with me more often, so that I can produce something that’s not just a snapshot but actually maybe somtimes (in fear of shooting for the stars) fairly ok photography. I’m so excited! I already said that.
The lens is actually not that expensive (had to fork out 188 Euro for it), and is a NIKKOR AF S DX 35/1,8G lens. I’d also like to get my hands on a decent zoom lens, but I think that’s gonna have to wait until I win the lottery… Anyway! I’ve been doing this blog for almost a year now, and I’ve noticed that the posts where I’ve used my DSLR have been more popular than those where I’ve used my phone… So, I promise to be a bit better at bringing the camera in the future!
Heuriger Hirt is a true gem, located under the Kahlenberg close to Nussdorf. This is where I am at the moment, enjoying the view, and the awesome wine. And bbq Wednesday!
Friedhof der Namenlosen(cemetary of the nameless) is in the 11th district.. a little bit far away from most things in Vienna. It’s a cemetary for people who drowned in the Danube between 1840 and 1940, many of whom could not be identified. I helped a friend find it on Sunday, on a quest to visit the places that were visited in the movie before sunrise which was filmed here in Vienna. If you are keen to visit this place, I would not really recommend going there in the evening just before sunset… the mosquitoes were ferocious! It takes a while to get out there too… you have to take the 76A out to Albernen Hafen, and then walk for a while. We juuuuust missed the bus and noticed that it was a full hour until the next one, so decided to take one that went almost out there. So, just about 2 kms to walk… and then when we got there, we noticed that the very last bus went back again in just half an hour or so. Which was actually ok considering the mozzies………..
Some more photos on the facebook site!
I’ve been a bit of a tour guide the last couple of days, and yesterday was one of those days where you just stumble across one marvelous thing after another, making you think to yourself ‘yeah, who wouldn’t love this city??!’ These guys were in the park just outside of TU, having some beers and playing together. Right there, spontaneous concert! 🙂