I feel very bad for the quality of pictures on this post, but I forgot my camera!! My phone had to do its best, and I suppose it does also give you a feel for the atmosphere at the market. Altes AKH is now part of the Univeristy of Vienna, and it is set up inside the old hospital grounds. So, it is completely enclosed in a large courtyard, which makes it a bit sheltered from the wind and cold.
The little Ferris wheel that they have there is very charming. It’s certainly not for grownups though, as the cars are really small. But it adds to the atmosphere 🙂
One of my favourite things about this market is the variety of Punsch. They have all kinds of fruity punsch, much based on liquors (apricot, orange, but also kaluha, baileys, jägermeister and you name it they have it!).
I had a great time sampling these guys’ punsch yesterday. The Marille (apricot) was the best! I think.
I was also very curious about the kokos punsch, but I didn’t end up trying it… next time!
Apart from Punsch they also have a little market, of course. I find that this market is not that great for shopping, but there are of course a few really great stalls at every market. But I would more come here for the atmosphere, and if it’s windy it’s also got some shelter so it’s more bearable.
There is variety! I like the sausage dog. The things people put on their tree these days… tut tut!
So, if you’re in the 8th/9th district and you feel like Punsch, this would be a good place! That’s my tag-line for this market. 🙂
On the walkway up to Spittelau it looked really grey yesterday afternoon… luckily I escaped the rain! 🙂
…is the German and Austrian tradition to meet up at a pub or inn in the late morning (usually on Sundays). The specific customs vary from region to region. Frühschoppen is often a kind of brunch, i.e. a combined breakfast and lunch, but does not necessarily involve food (Wikipedia). I can’t say I do it often, but at Fischerbräu they have Jazz-Frühshoppen, which goes through to April. They often have other bands as well. In this gorgeous weather that we’ve been having, it’s really a great thing to do. Go out, go for a walk, go Frühshoppen. 🙂
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.
Something that can be really frustrating for someone moving to Vienna/Austria from a somewhat ‘normal’ country where shops are open on Sunday, is just that: Shops are not open on Sunday. Not even supermarkets. Nix. Nada. Even though I grew up in a country where the situation is similar, I had become accustomed to do my grocery shopping on Sunday in New Zealand, when I finally could find the time to do so. Stress free, no fuss. So, I often ended up without food on Sundays when I first got here, and it took a while before I found the shops that are open on Sunday. There are five supermarkets that I know of: Billa Franz Josef Bahnhof (in the picture above), Westbahnhof supermarket (really small), Spar Pronto at Landstrasse (small), Spar Pronto at Hauptbahnhof (small to medium but pretty good), and Billa Praterstern (Quite decent even on a Sunday but crazy full of people). Perhaps you can detect a pattern there… (Train stations!). There are also Turkish supermarkets around the place that are open on Sundays, so you’re lucky if you end up living next to one of those.
The experience of Billa Franz Josef Bhof though is one that always fascinates me. The place is always full of bogans, with a lot of dogs. The proliferation of people with bright coloured hair, piercings and collections of dogs don’t always go well with the streams of people pouring into the supermarket on Sundays. I’ve never felt threatened or unconfortable, but I have seen those who have got into arguments with the bogans when they’re asking for money. Some people just don’t want to look at things that aren’t “pretty” when going shopping, I suppose. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me here was that someone asked me for 10 cents. Can’t say that that’s scared me off! 🙂
Still chasing autumn. Seems that there is a bit less extreme colouring down in the city than up on Kahlenberg where I work, but that only means that I can fit in some more photos before the leaves are fallen! This is the walkway to the overbridge by Spittelau station. People rushing to get home from work, or to the shop before it closes…
Repairwork being done… When I first got here I thought it was a mosque. But it’s actually more like a power plant, and the tower is the pipe of the incinerator. I think somehow they burn rubbish to make hot water which heats up many homes in Vienna. Buuuut, I can’t say I’m 100% sure what the process is.. It’s supposed to be green energy. So.. 🙂