I was trying to take a photo of the strange yoga group at the side of the Karlskirche. I kind of didn’t succeed…
History from Wikipedia:
The construction of the Upper Belvedere began as early as 1717, as testified by two letters that Prince Eugene sent from Belgrade to his servant Benedetti in summer 1718, describing the progress of work on the palace. Construction was so far advanced by 2 October 1719 that the prince was able to receive the Turkish ambassador Ibrahim Pasha there
Originally built in 1705 by a rich banker called Gundaker Thomas Starhemberg, today this baroque palace is possible to rent for fancy events. It’s sometimes weird walking through the neighbourhood and just accidentally stumbling upon gorgeous buildings like this…
Snack shop is on Liechtensteinstrasse close to Schottentor in the 9th district. It carries mostly American foods, of all varieties (ingredients as well as snacks). We sometimes go there for the Doritoes. And the Fanta Zero / Dr. Pepper. Please pay no attention to the weird-looking people.. I used the panorama function on my phone, and so they got a bit split up.
Another store that is dear to me is Bobby’s foodstore on Schleifmuehlgasse, in the 4th district. They are a little bit bigger, and apart from American stuff, they also have a lot of British and Irish stuff. They have an awesome range of beers, and a fair bit of frozen food as well. I went there just this weekend to get some Allsorts… I love that liquorish stuff. yummmm.
Wikipedia had to teach me today what Theresianum is. I stumbled upon it on a walk through the 4th district. So, it (Theresian Academy, Öffentliche Stiftung der Theresianischen Akademie in Wien) is a private boarding school governed by the laws for public schools in Vienna, which was founded by Maria Theresa of Austria in 1746. Clever woman that. A brief history overview:
In 1614, the Habsburgs purchased Angerfeldhof, a farmstead located just outside Vienna, and renovated it; Favorita (oooh, that probably gave the name to the street that it’s on, Favoritenstrasse), as the Habsburgs would call the re-modeled farmstead, became their imperial summer residence and a well-known venue for performances in the second half of the 17th century. Though the residence was burned down in the course of the Battle of Vienna in 1683, a bigger and more glamorous New Favorita was rebuilt over the following decades. Three Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire – Leopold I, Joseph I and Charles VI – resided in the castle. When Emperor Charles VI died in 1740 in New Favorita, his eldest daughter Maria Theresa decided not to enter the building again. So there! Now what to do with the building?
In 1746, Maria Theresa sold the castle to the Jesuits for 30,000 guilders in order to transform it into an educational institution, preparing talented young men for civil service. As stipulated in two founding letters, the newly established “imperial academy” under the auspices of Maria Theresa was based on the principles of strict selection, highest pedagogic and scientific standards and instruction in “modern” foreign languages.
Fast forward until today: Theresianum operates as a Gymnasium (U.S. equivalent grades 5 through 12); as of 2010, 815 students attended 33 classes (i.e., 24.7 students per class) and were taught by 130 instructors (i.e., 6.3 students per instructor). To read more about it, if you really should be interested (you never know), follow this link to Wikipedia. 🙂
Ok, so today is totally dedicated to offline activities, namely cleaning out the new flat. The previous tenants must have been some real pigs… but here is a shot of my new street – my hood! ya! Just an average street, looking towards the Belvedere garden. I’ll miss having trees on my street. That I will.
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.