For about 10 weeks I’ve been living in the first district, and prior to that I had only a vague idea of how confusing the streets here can be. It’s practically a maze. Getting to Kleines cafe from where I live on Fleischmarkt for example requires GPS walking if you’re not familiar with the area. What is nice about wandering around and potentially getting lost is the many cute alleys in the first. It’s like getting to know a whole new city. 🙂
I finally got to editing this one. Shot on my way to an appointment. A bit different than a picture, but still a little snapshot of Vienna. Where things happen to be moving. It’s like Harry Potter 😀
When the weather is really grey and sad, a visit to the butterfly house in Burggarten is not the worst choice. They don’t have a mindblowing amount of butterfly species there, but it’s really nice and warm, and the butterflies are everywhere. These are not the biggest of the butterflies (not sure if you can see them?!) but they’re definitely the most willing to be photographed without a tele lens… 😛
After that, a visit to the Palmenhaus right next to it for some coffee or tea is a real treat too. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
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When I first arrived in Vienna, I was aware of the custom that German speaking countries have in dubbing movies. I suppose, that with globalisation and all I just figured that surely they would now be moving towards more original language movies. Boy, was I wrong… I’ve watched some movies in German, and to me it’s still extremely weird. The first movie I watched in German was Robin Hood, with Russel Crowe and Cate Blanchett leading. Speaking German… It wasn’t badly done or anything, but it just didn’t feel…. right. So, now I prefer to watch movies at Artis International or at Haydn English Cinema, where I am sure to get the original language. There are some large movie theatres around town which show original versions alongside dubbed ones, but that’s really only for the massive blockbusters. Otherwise, some of the small artsy movie theatres also play original language movies, but with subtitles. That’s really what I prefer… I grew up with subtitles, so I’m quite a fan of them. But I have many friends who just find them downright annoying. At Artis and Haydn, the movies are free of subtitles. 🙂
This is my favourite subway station in Vienna: Volkstheater on the U2/U3 lines. The display and the area is just really nice. Admittedly this is an old photo, as I’m currently home in Norway taking care of my mum after an operation – will be back in a few days! Until then I’m using some old photos, but photos that are of things that are still in Vienna and still look the same! So, they won’t be outdated. I assure you, it’s not warm enough right now to be walking around in shorts and t-shirts in Vienna… but the subway station still looks precicely like this. 🙂
The Museum of Natural History is a place well worthy of a visit. It’s in a really beautiful building which was built around 1850 (some details can be seen in this picture). They also have an impressive Dinosaur display, but this is part of the entry area. Today it was open late.