Picking up my start number for tomorrow’s run could take a while……
Oh thank heavens that it’s finally here!! It’s election day today, so many schools all over Vienna is host to voting booths, as with this one. Not sure what was going on there… maybe some tv channel that wants people’s voices for the evening news.. or perhaps some celebrity that’s voting? Dunno. I’m just REALLY STOKED that it’s all going to be over tomorrow!!!! Hurrah! 😀
Today and tomorrow is Weinwandertage (wine wander days) up in the hills of Kahlenberg and Cobenzl. This is the view from under one of the vineyards on the way up to the Berg – can definitely recommend a trip up there! Lots of wine-tasting opportunities, if you haven’t tried out the local wines yet! 🙂 you can find some more info here if you’re keen on knowing the routes and so on. Viel Spass!
Namely “Die Russisch-Orthodoxe Kathedrale zum Heiligen Nikolaus.” In the third district, really not far from where I live, and at the same time I found the Russian embassy. Whaddyaknow. So according to Wikipedia who doesn’t want to say anything in English about the church, it was built by the Italian architect Luigi Giacomelli in 1893-1896, after plans drawn by Grigorij Iwanowitsch Kotow. It cost 400 000 Rubel, much of which was donated by the Zar Alexander the 3rd.
It’s quite impressive.. and I’ve never walked down the street it’s on before, which could explain why I was oblivious to its existence. It’s on Jauresgasse 2 in the 3rd district.
Info in German:
Sie wurde 1893–99 nach Plänen von Grigorij Iwanowitsch Kotow vom italienischen Architekten Luigi Giacomelli als Botschaftskirche erbaut. Ein großer Teil der Baukosten (400.000 Rubel) wurde durch eine Spende von Zar Alexander III. aufgebracht.
Die Weihe der Kathedrale zum heiligen Nikolaus wurde am 4. (17.) April 1899 vorgenommen. Seit 1962 ist sie Bischofssitz der Eparchie für Wien und Österreich, die als Diözese dem Moskauer Patriarchat unterstellt ist.
Die Kirche ist ein Fünfkuppelbau in den traditionellen Formen der russischen Sakralarchitektur. Das Innere ist in eine Unter- und Oberkirche geteilt: Patron der Oberkirche ist der heilige Nikolaus, Patron der Unterkirche ist der heilige Großfürst Alexander Newski.
Von 2003 bis 2008 wurde die Kathedrale umfassend renoviert; an Stelle der geplanten Feier zur Wiedereinweihung fand am 21. Dezember 2008 ein Gedenkgottesdienst für den verstorbenen Patriarchen Alexius II. statt.
Direkt neben der Kathedrale liegt die Russische Botschaft.
I must admit that I’ve sneakily been away for ten days, and yesterday I was a bit desperate. But today I have an actual picture for you again. It’s pretty grey and gloomy here now, and it seems that autumn has come for real this time. But, regardless of the rain, Vienna looks pretty much the same from the air. This is what it looks like when coming in from the North, landing South. the circle ot the top centre (yeah, it’s tiny I know) is the Riesenrad in Prater. 🙂
This one has given me much joy since I got back from my long holiday. I got a city bike because doing all kinds of commuting on my racer is just not very convenient… especially when tackling cobblestone and tram lines on a daily basis. Which you have to if you want to get around. Gotta say though, cycling is still my favourite way to get through the city. Nooot looking forward to the wet season coming now…
The Vienna Secession (also known as the Union of Austrian Artists, or Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs) was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, housed in the Vienna Künstlerhaus. This movement included painters, sculptors, and architects. The first president of the Secession was Gustav Klimt, and Rudolf von Alt was made honorary president. Its official magazine was called “Ver Sacrum”.
This iconic place I found when I was helping a friend find his way to the sites featured in the movie ‘before sunrise’ which was filmed in Vienna.
According to Wikipedia:
Jacob Ronacher founded the cafe as Café Ronacher in 1880, in a building on the corner of Gumpendorfer Straße and the Lehargasse (Lehar Lane). The decor is reminiscent of Vienna’s elegant Ringstraßen-Cafés with parquet floors, bentwood Thonet chairs, marble tables, crystal chandeliers and carambole billiards tables. The building and interior decor were designed by architects Wilhelm Jelinek and Anton Groß. Within the first year of operation, Ronacher sold the establishment to the Sperl family, who renamed the business Café Sperl. In 1884 ownership passed to Adolf Kratochwilla, who retained the cafe’s name.
Prior to World War I, the primary clientele was an interesting mix of individuals drawn from Vienna’s cultural and military circles. In addition to authors, artists, architects, composers, musicians and actors, military officials from the nearby Imperial and Royal (K.u.K) military academy could be found in attendance, including the future Chief of Staff of the Austro-Hungarian Army Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf and Archduke Joseph Ferdinand.
In 1968 Manfred Staub bought the cafe from the Kratochwillas. He renovated the cafe in 1983. In recent years, the Cafe Sperl has won several awards. These include the “Austrian Cafe of the Year,” 1998 (German:Österreichischen Kaffeehaus des Jahres) and the Goldene Kaffeebohne (English: Golden Coffee Bean) in 2004. Contemporary cafe regulars have included authors Jörg Mauthe, Robert Menasse and Michael Köhlmeier.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.
This is a recommendation for those of you who like going to day spas, or who are searching for a nice waxing experience. Although that’s rarely an awesome experience… La Bonita Beauty Spa in the 4th district just by Südtiroler Platz is an awesome place to go. Much better than Sine Sine, where you feel like you’re in a fitting room… They also have a range of treatments and massages, although I’ve never tried any of that.
WU has now been officially moved to the 2nd district, and it’s looking hyper modern. I’m silently thinking that no one in their right mind would put something like this up in NZ… it doesn’t look very earthquake proof! But then, this is not NZ.. This is the library. Navigating the campus is still a bit of a nightmare with lack of signage and construction everywhere, but it’ll come together someday I’m sure. 🙂
According to Wikipedia:
The Fillgraderstiege is a staircase in the sixth district of Vienna, Mariahilf. It was built from 1905 to 1907 and designed by Max Hegele, a student of Victor Luntz and Carl Hasenauer, in an Art Nouveau style to connect the two streets, Fillgradergasse and Theobaldgasse.
The stairs were blocked off in 1981, having been worn down for almost 80 years, and were then repaired between 1982 and 1984, in the process of which a café and art gallery were added in a previously unused inner room behind the stairs, both of which opened on the 1 August 1985.
The Fillgraderstiege staircase was named the fourth most beautiful steps in Europe in a 2004 poll of European art professors. Well. Whaddyaknow.
I’m quite sure that many of my friends (and many of you followers also) won’t appreciate the combination of my fascination with critters of all kinds and my newfound increase in ability to document them. The picture above was taken on my walk today, whereas the picture below was taken last year when I found a spider under my fridge. The difference in quality is quite noticeable!! Also the fact that I had to stand on a chair in order to be far enough away to focus on the one below on my table is quite a difference from my new reality where I can go quite close… oh.. who would have thought that macro could make me this happy! 😀