I have got to go see this.
Vienna has a new memorial, and I think it’s a good one. It honors the people (about 30,000) who resisted playing a part in the National Socialist murderous machinery and who got sentenced to death for it, many among them army deserters. The artist, Olaf Nicolai, explicitly conceived the memorial as a site in urban space that invites walking and sitting on it; celebrating life, individuality, and courage. According to him, visitors should feel free to engage directly with the memorial instead of merely gawking at it reverentially from the distance. I was very amused to see the Austrian president together with the artist climb the memorial during the dedication ceremony. So, today I followed the president’s example and, once on top, was rewarded with the inscription, a poem by Ian Hamilton Finlay that addresses the relationship between the individual and larger society and its power structures.
This H&M on Graben is possibly one of the most swanky looking ones around. I got a little giggle from the name E. Braun & Co that’s branded on the building… presumably not der Führer’s girlfriend? Well. Even if so, it’s probably not funny. I’ve been in here once or twice… it’s just a normal H&M.
My fellow Viennese blogger Chael has explained the history of the building on the blog Viennarightnow. Click here to see the post!
Shopping tip from Beatrice 🙂
Going up up and away! Well, actually, down again. But it was fun!
all the MAs are present (well, a fair few anyway) around the Rathausplatz, and also at other places around the city. I took a ride up in the MA42’s tree chopping crane, which was a bit scary. I just didn’t look down. That helped 🙂
It’s probably the only time that I’ll ever see the city hall from this angle. It looks quite nice above the trees. 🙂
I had no idea that there is a whole world out there of people who create stickers, have them printed t, and then go out sticking their stickers about the place. It fascinates me. I still know extremely little about this world, but one of my friends made on couch surfing this summer briefly introduced me to this somewhat obscure (to me) group of people. Now I notice stickers tto a greater extent, I guess, even if I’m not much wiser.
I’ve taken it upon myself to check out all the supermarkets that are open on Sundays in Vienna (see https://tinasrabbithole.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/the-supermarkets-that-are-open-on-sunday/) . Since Hauptbahnhof opened last weekend we have a small Spar that’s open on Sundays now. Today we ventured out to have a look. It’s a far cry from the Billa at Franz Josef Bahnhof or Prater, which are the biggest shops open on Sundays, but we were quite satisfied with the selection. It’s definitely good enough to keep you alive if your fridge and pantry are empty. The vegetable selection is decent, you can get meats (though no Sunday roast, sorry), drinks, snacks, baking etc… etc. It looks as though all the bakeries at Hauptbahnhof are open too on Sunday, so no need to get your bread at Spar.
Viennale! The tickets went on sale today 🙂
The six time Academy Award winner is honored by the Austrian Filmmuseum and the Viennale festival with a special feature. The retrospective covers 50 films from the 1920s to the 1970s. Among them masterpieces like Rio Grande, Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and The Quiet Man
Retrospective John Ford
16 to 30 November 2014
Sounds like a place to visit!
The ‘Zuckerlwerkstatt’ (Candy shop) opened its doors on Herrengasse in 2013. It manufactures high quality confectionery with a special focus on bonbons. Every sweet treat is made after traditional Austrian recipes and entirely by hand. And pssst, they do have a show kitchen where you can watch how the bonbons come to life.
Mon – Sat.: 10 am to 6 pm
Urania is a nice little theatre, and is incidentally one of the cinemas where Viennale, the international film festival of Vienna, is taking place every year. The programme comes out at 8pm tonight. 🙂
The other day when I passed parliament they were fixing it up a bit. Nice to see that they’re taking care of the nice buildings around the place, but I’m sure some tourists found it annoying that the blue crane was in front of the nice building just that day when they were visiting. That is the story of my life, really. Every time I go to see a famous church or something when visiting a city, it’s all covered up in scaffolding. It never fails.
I’d love to go into this shop. It’s always closed though whenever I pass it. It’s in the 8th, which is a district I don’t often go to.
These last five weeks have been pretty hard. My other half’s mum was diagnosed with lung cancer, and perished in front of our eyes, on Skype. It’s been awful to behold, and yet I’ve of course had to be the strong one. My partner went home to see her off, and I’ve been in Norway trying to do what I could, being supportive over Skype, trying to be encouraging and sending many texts.
Part of me is thinking really selfishly ‘but I’ve lost her too!’ – but have I? I never had the pleasure of meeting her in the flesh. I never will now. I love my partner, and I’m sure that much of what I’m feeling is empathy.. but I’m also grieving, for her future grandchildren who won’t meet her, family events where she will be missed… we now move on with our lives, but there’s one person missing in it forever.
And I live in Austria… a country where people seem to be totally unaware that smoking causes cancer. Smoking is allowed just about anywhere. Most of my friends smoke. Since she died, I feel scared. And I don’t know what to do about it.
Ok, it’s not entirely smoke free as uou can smoke downstairs, but the main room is now a non smoking section. I’m so stoked! I’m also stoked to see that it’s still very well visited, it was pretty full when we were there tonight. It’s the best thing that’s happened in my pub world this year. So, if you want a killer awesome atmosphere, nice staff and good Irish pubiness, go to Golden Harp in the third district.
Today the new mall at Hauptbahnhof opened. I was actually quite impressed. It’s much bigger than I would have thought.
The main hall
It’s on several floors, I think as much as four floors. There were also some impressive opening deals.
And of course, the promised land:
Huzzaah!! I wanted a bigger supermarket close to home, now I’ve got it. 🙂
Cycling in Copenhagen I was reflecting on the differences between there and here. There seems to be a lot more people cycling in Copenhagen, that’s for sure. Especially considering that the city has about half the population of Vienna. Cycle paths there also seem to be better set up, here in Vienna they’re reasonably good, but they don’t have the seemless transitions between road and path where the sidewalk ends and the road begins. Overall though I’m very happy with the cycling paths in Vienna.:-)